Playing The Trumpet With A MIDI Guitar

Sunday Synth Jam: Reader Leo Gibson shared this video-song style performance of an original song, Maybe I’m lucky, for guitar and MIDI guitar-controlled virtual trumpet.

After the song, Gibson shares the details of his performance setup. Here’s what he has to say about it:

I’m playing a song of mine called “Maybe I’m lucky” using a TEControl “USB MIDI Breath and Bite Controller” with a You Rock Guitar in order to control the Samplemodelling “The Trumpet” sample library.

With the TEC breath controller, you can really reach a new level of realism simulating the trumpet, as you can blow like a real trumpeter and it reacts pretty well to the breath modulation you use. This particular breath controller can send also other 3 midi signals to the computer, according to the movements of your head and the bite strength: at the end of the song, I will describe for you the possibilities of this great controller…. I hope you enjoy!

6 thoughts on “Playing The Trumpet With A MIDI Guitar

  1. info from mic of sequencer.de:

    The wSEQ12 is a special effort of Roy Ploigt (Germany), he licensed the project to Mode Machines and they did it – in black, so it is now updated and reworked and in full view of 12 Notes in a LED Matrix – very simple to use and easy. There are some new additions to it like 5 big updates listed:

    – ratchet mode – roll as we say as Electribe users or Substeps as Roland TR8S Users with trigger modes and patterns!

    – 8 part sub-sequencer groups – just like ableton´s ability to start multiple sequencers/lines at once ..

    – 8x faster MIDI + CV/Gate, 1 byte is a trigger signal, so it’s a lot faster

    – controller data smoothing

    – drum mode: massive updates for sending cascades of commands like ratchet, scaling, duration, notes in realtime. made easy to handle.. sort of blackboxing a plethora of data.

  2. Regarding this video, hollow-body guitar has a classic jazz tone.

    I’m impressed with the responsiveness of the MIDI gtr both with regard to the left-hand, and the BC. There were a couple moments where the breath dynamics were a little over-the-top, i.e., not something a trumpet player would do. But that is especially understandable since the guitarist might not have a ton of experience with playing wind instruments.

    If anyone would say, “You can’t get a realistic trumpet solo from a MIDI guitar.” I would show them this video and say, well, this is about as close as you can get.

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