I’m a long time MIDI guitar player, and I’ve used a number of older solutions in the past. I’m still using a Roland GR-55 and also an Axon 100 mkII coupled with a Roland Integra 7 (almost all my guitars are Godin with GK compatible outputs).
I’m evaluating the demo version to figure out if it’s a viable solution to replace my Axon. This means that I’m not interested in onboard sounds or effects; only in the tracking quality and the flexibility of MIDI communication with external devices.
I have a couple of remarks / questions already.
So far, I’m quite impressed with the tracking speed and quality, especially given the fact that only the normal guitar output is used. It is also very convenient that you don’t need a long setup phase for all the guitars you use (I use at least 6 different guitars with MIDI). I have a couple of problems with polyphonic tracking though.
When I play chords with 4 or 5 notes at the same time (especially with a pick), the tracking seems less accurate. In particular, I often seem get 3 notes only, or notes with a very low volume compared to the others. Are there any known issues in that regard, or do I need to know anything about the influence of picking technique?
Some chords are not recognized correctly, which is a showstopper. For example, if I play a Gsus4 (G F A C), the low G is turned into an F. This is very audible when I play the low G first, and then the other 3 notes simultaneously. I’ve read about similar problems supposedly fixed in the payed versions. Would that apply here?
I’ve never used the string-based split functions of the Axon or the various Roland products, so I don’t mind ditching hexaphonic pickups (on the contrary). String-based sensitivity setting could be a problem, but maybe the GM2’s algorithm is smart enough to not require this anymore. However, it seems that the GM2’s MIDI output is not really configurable, which would be a problem. Is it possible to customize the output channel(s) for Note on/off messages? Is is possible to filter out “ghost” notes? etc.
Final question: my several guitars may require different adjustments, notably the input gain. Are the interface modules (audio and midi) stored in patches as well as the rest?
Oh, and a final note: out of curiosity (and hope) I have tried GM2 with an electric sitar. The result is disappointing, although not surprising (given the amount of transitory “noise” in a sitar sound). It works more or less in monophonic mode, but it is a disaster with chords. Would there be any interest in working on this? I have not tried my sitar with the Axon yet, as I need to install a GK3 on it first
That’s it. Thanks for your time!