At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul VO introduced the Vo Wand – a handheld sustain device that’s designed to give you direct control over the harmonics of strings.
The Wand is part of Vo’s broader interest in ‘acoustic synthesis’, implemented previously with the Moog Guitar, Moog Lap Steel Guitar and Vo 96 guitar.
Vo’s acoustic synthesis tools explore the idea of using electronics to control the amplitude of individual harmonics within vibrating strings. By controlling the harmonics within a guitar string over time, for example, you can synthesize new types of sounds that still are immediately recognizable as being ‘guitar’ sounds.
While the primary audience for the Vo Wand will be guitarists, Vo mentioned to us that it could be used for sound design with other string instruments and for experimenting with other objects that respond to electromagnetic energy. Continue reading
In this video, from January 24, 2015, Manuel Göttsching (Ash Ra) performs Die Mulde in memory of Edgar Froese, who died Jan 20th. Continue reading
At the 2015 NAMM Show, inventor Paul Vo was previewing the Vo Wand – a tool for playing guitars in new ways. Continue reading
At the 2015 NAMM Show, Line 6 introduced the Variax Standard guitar.
While the Variax Standard is designed to look like a regular guitar, it offers instrument modeling that allows it to sound like a variety of instruments. Continue reading
Line 6 today introduced the new AmpliFi TT guitar tone processor, a new system that lets you use any speaker system as a guitar amp and Bluetooth streaming system. Continue reading
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
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via ollilaboratories, captures a psychedelic synth jam session, featuring Korg MS-20, Roland TR-8, Elektron Analog Four, Korg Volca, guitar and more. Continue reading
Along with the new Electribe, Electribe 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