Expressiv MIDI Guitar – An Electric Guitar/MIDI Controller Hybrid

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The Expressiv MIDI Guitar is a new MIDI guitar controller, being produced by Rob O’Reilly via a Kickstarter project.

Expressiv uses a smart fretboard scanner to know which notes you are pressing, the same way that keyboardists get a note when they press a key. This leaves your strumming hand free to control any parameters such as pitch bend, modulation and octave shift using the onboard touchpad, joystick and buttons.

Also, with the flick of a switch, you can change from synthesizer control to standard guitar functionality.

The Plug and Play functionality means you only have to plug a standard USB cable directly into your computer with no hardware, driver or power supply required.

Here’s the official video intro: Continue reading

Korg Intros Hatsune Miku ‘Singing’ Effects Pedal

miku-stompAlong with the new ElectribeElectribe Sampler, Volca Sample, Mini Kaoss Pad 2S, and Gadget update, Korg today introduced something a little more ‘out there’ – the Miku Stomp ‘singing’ effects pedal.

Miku Stomp is a vocaloid effect unit for guitar that lets Hatsune Miku sing according to your guitar playing. Just onnect your guitar, and Hatsune Miku sings when you play.

The vocal synthesis technology at the heart of the sound is eVocaloid, a vocalzing effect based on Yamaha’s next-generation NSX-1 sound engine.

According to Korg, using a guitar to control Hatsune Miku’s vocals has a different character than when using step-recording or a keyboard.  Continue reading

Paul Vo Announces New Company To Create ‘Acoustic Synthesis’ Instruments

acoustic-synthesis-paul-vo-96-guitarInventor Paul Vo (right), designer of the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel and the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer, has announced the creation of a new company, Vo, LLC, designed to turn his ‘acoustic synthesis’ designs into products.

Vo recently completed a successful Kickstarter project to develop the Vo-96 Acoustic Synthesizer – a new guitar, designed to explore Vo’s ideas for ‘acoustic synthesis’. The guitar includes electronics that let you control the vibration and harmonics of each individual string over time, making it possible to create sounds that are impossible with a traditional guitar, but that are still ‘guitar-like’.

Now Vo wants to focus on turning his ideas into instruments.  Continue reading

Livid Guitar Wing Fully Funded, Bringing MIDI Control To Guitars

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Livid has wrapped up a successful Kickstarter campaign for the Guitar Wing – a new MIDI controller for guitarists.

The Guitar Wing is a accessory that attaches to guitars and basses, offering wireless control of software plug-ins, DAWs, iOS apps & MIDI effects units…right from your guitar or bass. Livid had set a project goal of $45,000, and they raised over $70,000.

Livid expects the Guitar Wing to go into production within a few weeks and to be available in April. It will also be available for $199 via the Guitar Wing site. Continue reading