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Re: guitarists: triple play?

I've started with "MIDI guitar" in the late eighties, with the first
models and have recently been using the GR-55 (+ GK3 pickups), but I
still prefer none of that but rather playing my usual audio signal
into some audio-to-waveform converter. These are available as software
plugins for those who play through a computer and then there are some
new digital amps sporting these algorithms as well. This gives you a
direct monophonic synth tone with immediate musicality, i.e. no
latency and accurately following how you're shaping the tone on the
physical instrument.

Some might not like playing monophonic lines but I think that's great
for live looping because in a few seconds you can build any chord in a
looper by layering the required number of notes.

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Mon, Jan 5, 2015 at 12:45 PM, andy butler <akbutler@tiscali.co.uk> 
> On 05/01/2015 09:35, Diarmuid Pigott wrote:
>> My own experience of MIDI from strings is that the detection of vibrato
>> and bend and gliss is pretty much
>> dependant on the MIDI instrument I am using.
> I think there's a bit of a miss-conception going around.
> The Midi instrument actually has nothing to do with detection,
> it only responds to midi commands.
> By then the detection is already done.
> What *is* important is that the Midi instrument needs to respond
> correctly in order to interpret the pitch information correctly.
> i.e. the amount of pitch change in response to MidiPitchBend has to be 
> set
> correctly.
> That's actually rather trivial to set up, as long as the midi instrument
> supports it.
> For a device like the Fishman the situation is a bit different, in that
> there may be processing of the audio from the pickup.
> In that case it's obviously possible to pass the audio in some form and
> get what seems like "perfect tracking", when no tracking has been needed.
> For note detection there's an absolute limit that's never going to be
> beaten.
> I look at it from a slightly different angle to the usual idea of note
> frequencies.
> The impulse from plucking the string has to travel up to the fret and 
> back
> to the pickup
> before it's possible to calculate which fret was used.
> Using that way of looking at things the Axon system can make a the 
> quickest
> possible
> guess at what the note played is, then it uses a more regular analysis to
> measure
> the frequency. Should the initial guess be wrong a correction is made to 
> the
> Note-On
> that was sent using MidiPitchBend.
> As the Axon system is patented then it kind of looks like no-ones going 
> to
> get
> faster tracking without licensing it.
> Warbling on a sustained note occurs when the fundamental of the note 
> fades
> before the harmonics,
> so on some instruments there'll be one or two notes that warble every 
> time.
> Just down to the resonance of the instrument.
> If the instrument is specially designed to work with midi convertion I
> suspect
> they spend a lot of time working removing any 'bad notes'.
> If there's going to be any improvement over the Axon system it won't
> be in fast detection of the note, but rather in the ability to
> keep tracking a note as it dies away.
> andy
> ps. for playing around, the monophonic devices by Sonuus have somewhat
> slower note
> detection but are fairly warble resistant.