Thank you all for your impressions and suggestions
on Guitar to Midi. As a cheap and easy-to-handle solution I will check out the Peterson Sonuus. If it don´t work I still
the 30 days-money-back option...
I´m gonna give you a report soon.
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Sent: Tuesday, July 21, 2009 7:31
Subject: Re: Guitar to Midi
Well, since Ted brought up the GR-1 ...
I've only been
using the Roland GK gear for 4 years ... I started with a GK-2 on a Fender
Squier and a GR-1 ... because I came to playing electric from classical, I
don't seem to have experienced some of the complaints that others have
mentioned that are technique-based. I added a GR-20 to the mix about 3 years
ago. Again, no problems as being reported here. During that time, I also got a
Godin xtSA that has a 13-pin pickup built in to it. Again, no
I flirted briefly with an early Axon, but it was more
primitive than my GR-1 and not that close to my GR-20 so I sold it. The sounds
were good and I can only imagine that the newer ones are worth the money.
Again, I did not experience any issues from the "performance" stand point,
just limitations of it being an early model.
Two year ago, I added a
GI-20 interface and a Roland XV-2020 to drive it. I am using Roland US-20's to
switch between the various components. Because my original GR-1 began to
develop seriosu issues with the power supply connection, I acquired another,
expanded, one along with a VG-8EX. (n.b., I am underwhelmed by the VG-8,
possibly because I am not into "Amp Models" and am looking at sound synthesis
... I may be putting the VG-8 up for sale shortly).
Fripp's name was raised by the original poster, his most recent trip through
the US revealed him STILL using the Roland GR-1 ... it's tied into several
Eventide Eclipses and other goodies, including the latest Axon synth. He keeps
the GR-1 as his primary guitar interface/synthesizer because "he likes its'
bell and chime sounds." (Yes, I asked ... ) He is also using the Roland US-20
13-pin switch/pedals. BTW, his guitars on this trip all had the 13-pin pickups
built in ... no external GKs.
Conclusions (mine only!): The GKs seem to
require some adjustment of technique for some; there is lots of good used
Roland and Axon synths out there to be had if one wants to get into polyphonic
guitar-driven synthesis. THere are usually a number of GR-20/GK-2 and
GI-20/GK-2 packages on eBay on any given day. One advantage of using a GI-20
is that it allows you to hook up ANY other MIDI synth source ... including a
Mac laptop running Garage Band ... or setting the GR-1 at #28 allows a "blank"
MIDI channel to drive other MIDI synths from the MIDI/OUT plug. Lots of good
solutions with a little searching and
On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 8:11 AM, tEd ® KiLLiAn <email@example.com>
I've spent several years using Roland GR synth gear and actually
have GK pickups on a number of my guitars.
When it comes to tracking,
yes there are issues concerning how cleanly one picks and frets the notes on
There are also issues from instrument to instrument
- no matter how well you set up the hex pickup, some instruments still seem
to track slightly better than others.
I think there are some guitars
that are just not good candidates for this stuff - but my experience is not
extensive enough to say what the factors involved actually
Within the last year or two I've added a VG-99 to my kit as
In addition to having the all the usual VG advantages (tracking
wise) the VG-99 also has pitch-to-MIDI conversion capabilities.
I have not made use of yet - but they're there as an option.
have an old GR-1EX that I have used forever and am very satisfied
If I really needed pitch-to-MIDI I expect it would be more
convenient to use that.
There are a lot of options out there though
from other companies.