Howdy folks. I remember way back when, when Jam Origin’s MIDI Guitar was first distributed as a pre-release beta product. I downloaded it back then and played around with it some, but it wasn’t ready for prime time yet, although I do recall being impressed with what Jam Origin was trying to do – convert audio to MIDI, which prior to their attempts had been considered impossible.
I’ve been using a Roland GR-33 guitar synth, for which I’ve now dedicated a guitar so I don’t have to hassle with removing that pickup. The GR-33 has allowed me to accomplish lots with regards to music composition that would have been difficult, if not impossible, for me to accomplish otherwise. But the GR-33 is getting rather long in the tooth (I’ve owned mine for 20 years), and its tracking could be a lot better. Even when playing as cleanly as I can, I usually have to go back into the music software and perform extensive edits to the MIDI files I create.
Recently I saw a spot on YouTube where this guy was blazing away real time on his guitar using MIDI Guitar and he was having zero tracking issues. Now that got my attention. So I downloaded a MIDI Guitar demo again, for the first time in many years. It looks basically the same, although I did spot quite a few improvements. For one thing, I’m not stuck with just acoustic piano for the demo. I also notice where the price has taken a 50% bump since the last time I checked. Oh well, what hasn’t gotten bitten by inflation?
I haven’t tried out all the capabilities that MIDI Guitar has, but I’ve tried to at least look through them, and I have a few questions, which I’lll list below.
- I see that the demo version comes with 24 patches. Does the paid version have more, or is that it?
- It also appears that MIDI Guitar can be used as a controller, which means I can access the patches of other MIDI synths. Am I correct in this assumption?
- I use Cakewalk (by Bandlab) as my DAW. I’m assuming I can interface MIDI Guitar with it? Will I be able to set it up as a channel output, the way I do with other synths? I’ve only tried it out stand-alone so far.
- In CW I will often load more than one copy of a synth so I can have more than one channel using it. Most synths I come across are not multitimbral, so this can become a necessity if I want to use more than one patch. I’m assuming MG will work in this capacity as well? How is it for CPU loading?
Well, that’s all I can think of for now. I’ll probably have more questions as I delve deeper into the software.