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

Keith McMillen Instruments Announces StrongArm Six-String Sustainer

KMI_strongarm_bridgeAt the 2014 NAMM Show: Keith McMillen Instruments is introducing their latest invention: the StrongArm Six-string Sustainer.  

The StrongArm Sustainer picks up and drives all six strings by systems embedded within the actual saddle piece. The sensor saddle of the StrongArm pickup sees minute changes in position of the strings’ termination at the bridge. The result is a pickup that is full and even sounding with a broad range of response. A simple blend control adjusts the mix from your regular magnetic pickups with the StrongArm Sustainer sound.

Here’s McMillen’s intro video for the StrongArm: Continue reading

Positive Grid Intros JamUp Plug HD Guitar and Bass iOS Interface

JamUp_Plug_HDPositive Grid, the creator of BIAS and JamUp Pro XT, today introduced its JamUp Plug HD, a studio-quality guitar and bass interface for use with recording and performance apps on the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.

The compact JamUp Plug HD device improves on Positive Grid’s earlier JamUp Plug by offering a 24-bit/48kHz USB digital audio solution. The improved resolution enhances signal-to-noise ratio (98 dB RMS), eliminating feedback issues and, according to the manufacturer’s press release, “bringing the manufacturer’s JamUp and BIAS apps to their full potential.” The interface was also designed for maximum compatibility with other mobile processing and recording apps, including GarageBand, AmpliTube, AmpKit, Auria, Cubasis, Audiobus, Loopy and more.

The JamUp Plug HD also features an input level control and three-color LED for quick visual monitoring. A green LED = the JamUp Plug HD is connected, ready and working with the software; orange = the signal level has been optimized for the instrument; red = the input level is too high.

Positive Grid’s new interface allows musicians to “crank it up” and be ready to rock on literally any current iOS device. The JamUp Plug HD docs directly with the iPhone 4 and 4s, iPod Touch 4, and iPad 2 or 3 via its 30-pin connector, and also supports newer iOS devices via Apple’s 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter.

Technical specifications include: Continue reading