Introducing unique digital guitar, Misa Digital Kitara guitar, experimental new instrument with same electric guitar shape, plus designed interface to easily and intuitively control digital audio. Misa Digital Kitara guitar uses audio synthesis form & sampling so in virtual viewpoint, any type of sound can be created using these methods. Traditionally, digital piano/keyboards have been dominant instrument for controlling these real time sounds in a music production setting, however with Misa Digital Kitara, They combine traditional guitar playing technique with digital sound, allow digital guitarists use any playing techniques that are not possible or comfortable before on digital keyboard.
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Misa Digital Kitara brief journey. Contains of three main components: guitar full finger board, multitouch screen & onboard polyphonic synthesizer with sounds and effects ; 24 frets guitar neck, strings on each fret been replaced by buttons : number of digital effects, including distortion, delay & modulation ; touch panel interface to control effects ; ability to save sounds as presets & swap preset files online ; ability to assign one sound to all six strings / assign different sounds to different strings ; controller compatible MIDI devices ; runs by Linux and open source.
We play notes by touching on the screen. Our touch position & movement would determine how the sound is generated & processed. On simply basis fact when discovering Misa Digital Kitara, The designer already says that this is a digital guitar & exist not to replicate any traditional guitar because electric guitar really isn't the same with any digital guitar with focus on digital music. Here below, what We think as great explanation from them.
“We are obsessed with digital guitar. But We also love electric guitar, and We have learned what it's good at and what it's capable of. Some of its most important qualities and characteristics stem from the very fact that the electric guitar is made out of wood and strings. A guitar string is "beautiful" - because the sound generated comes from the very vibration of the string, interfering with a magnetic flux and inducing an electric voltage, which is then amplified. Why would You want to emulate that? It is perfection. It is pure nature. It is in the analog domain. We did not intend the Misa digital guitar to replicate a traditional guitar. Electric guitars are great for electric music. Digital music is a different story.
Traditional guitars by their very nature have limitations in the context of digital music. To create sound You need to hit a string, so that the sound at its most intense point is always the beginning of the pluck. The left hand controls what notes to play, and the right hand controls when to play these notes and the intensity of the notes. Effects can be inserted into the signal chain, but They are usually foot pedals which makes the experience of controlling effects disjointed from what Your hands are doing. Plus You can only really control one pedal at a time. Even in the (rare) case that controls are mounted on the guitar, the hand needs to switch between strings and controls. This may be okay if You only use effects occasionally, but when every note You play needs the controls set differently - good luck with that.
Electronic music cannot be played effectively with such constraints. In electronic music, the timbre (or color) of the sound can be morphed in an infinite number of ways. For a guitar to accommodate this, the right hand needs more control than just plucking strings. You need to be able to control elements of the sound, such as sustain, pitch, filter or any other synthesizer parameter, in a way that has no physical constraints."
This was the thought process when designing the Misa Digital Kitara. So don't compare Misa Digital Kitara to acoustic or electric guitars, because those are different instruments, for different art forms, for different music. And Misa Digital Kitara exist for digital electronic music, period.
Misa Digital Kitara Tech Spec. 8-inch multitouch display ; MIDI out ; Audio out (1.25”) ; Headphone out (3.5mm) ; Onboard multi-voice audio synthesizer with assignable effects blocks ; 6 pre-loaded effects ; 24 frets; 144 notes ; open source Linux OS ; equipped with power adapter cable (3m) ; MIDI cable (3m) ; Audio adapter cable (3m) ; USB cable ; Screen cleaning cloth ; USB key card (instruction manual).
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