Expressiv MIDI Guitar – An Electric Guitar/MIDI Controller Hybrid


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.

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MIDI Guitar For GarageBand


Jam Origin has released MIDI Guitar for GarageBand – an OS X app that lets you play any GarageBand instrument using a guitar:

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is based upon Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar software and allows you to use your guitar to play software instruments in GarageBand, essentially converting your guitar into a MIDI controller/MIDI keyboard. It is very easy to use with GarageBand and a one-click setup.

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is a stand alone app that analyzes your guitars output signal and converts into MIDI that is sent to GarageBand or Logic using Apples Virtual MIDI standard in a frictionless setup.

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Incident Tech Announces Updated App, Ableton Scripts For gTar MIDI Guitar

updated gtar app free play menuIncident Tech today announced the next generation of their gTar iOS app to work with their gTar MIDI guitar.

Developers have “overhauled the UI and redesigned the app from scratch to make it more fun and easier to use.” Continue reading

gTar Releases SDK For iOS and Javascript

This morning, Incident Tech announced the release of a strategic developer kit (SDK) for their gTar iPhone MIDI guitar controller. The SDK will provide iOS and Javascript developers with direct access to the gTar hardware for creating gTar-compatible browser apps.

The company also announced that the gTar is now compatible with more than 150 different apps, several of which are used in the demonstration video, above.

Additionally, the company is also releasing an “unofficial custom script” for using the gTar with Ableton Live:

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How To Play EDM On Your Guitar

Reader Jesse Gilsbach (3rd Earth) made this video to demonstrate how guitarists can play EDM and other of electronic music, using a standard guitar.

Gilsbach uses a Roland GK-3 pickup, connected to a Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer. This is connected via USB to his computer, running Ableton Live 8.