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Re: Sonuus anyone?

The company Fishman supposedly have a new wireless midi guitar device coming out this year called the Triple Play. It's designed by the same guy that designed the Axon boxes.


Apparently it's physically impossible to decrease the latency the Axons have simply because the string has to be vibrating for a certain period of time in order to produce enough information to determine pitch. However, the tracking is supposed to be better. And it's tiny!


--On 10 June 2012 15:52 +0200 Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:

On Sun, Jun 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM, andy butler <akbutler@tiscali.co.uk>
Hi Per,
afaik Midi pitch bend is essential for really good tracking.
Sometimes the note picked is out by a semitone, and an immediate Pitch
bend compensates.
..well it happens with the fast tracking Axon like that.

The Axon is know for the fastest tracking. But I still chose to go
with synths that do not follow the guitar too close (i.e. pitch bend
turned off, synth working in chromatic mode). Not only for the
esthetic reason already mentioned (rather using synths *behind* string
sound to complement and enhance string sound) but also because I like
to apply an arpeggiator between the guitar/stick generated MIDI and
the synth. And I don't like the rapid arpeggio to follow pitch-bend in
a melody played over the arpeggio.

Maybe this approach comes from beginning with "MIDI guitar" in the
late eighties when the Casio MG502 was introduced (still got mine!!!)
and the speed of triggering was very, very slow back then so only the
put-synth-pad-behind-string-sound application made any musical sense.

I can say that from my recent experience with the GR-55 I actually
enjoy playing GR-55 synth sounds that follow pitchbend and use it more
to blend with the string sound into a unified sound (rather than as a
complement). But for me it never reaches the same playability and
expressiveness as the pure string sound (or as if using an EWI as the
hands-on instrument).

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen