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Monday, January 18, 2010

New electric guitar replaces strings with a touch-screen.

How cool is this? TheĀ Misa Digital Guitar has no strings. Instead, a touch-pad enables the player to instantly adjust the sound of the guitar by where he or she places fingers. (Props)

Comments:

Blogger Jason said...

Wow! Sounds horrible! I can't wait NOT to get one.

Monday, January 18, 2010 7:58:00 PM  
Blogger David Blaine said...

yeah, sorry, cool concept... i guess? but it sounds terrible.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 8:49:00 AM  
Blogger Nickname unavailable said...

I agree. That sounds awful. Maybe it's just the computer microphone or something.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 12:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe its called bit crusher effect? It's just a midi controller, the sound can be anything you want, upon the capabilities of the midi sound you put to it.... ;)

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 4:48:00 PM  
Blogger Justin said...

It probably has different effect settings. There are even probably effects that sound like a real guitar.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 9:32:00 PM  
Blogger Elector said...

incredible sound... i love the bit decimeter !.. how is it pluged? can it be programable?..?

Thursday, January 21, 2010 9:41:00 AM  
Blogger Robert said...

Do you people not know what a real guitar sounds like? Me and my cousins jam out in his basement all the time and an electric guitar sounds like that when it hasn't been modified by some sound board and put to an audio CD. I looked into it and it is a pretty cool concept, it allows you to go above and beyond what a regular guitar can do. They don't intend (or want) this guitar to replace the conventional guitar but instead to allow the guitar itself to open up new possibilities for musical instruments and allow you to do more with the guitar itself. Go to the website and read about it before shunning it.

Friday, January 22, 2010 12:51:00 PM  
Blogger Craig said...

I'm a professional musician and yes, I know what a real guitar sounds like. Trust me...it's nothing like this.

Hopefully this is a short lived thing. Akin to the keytar of the 80's.

Saturday, January 30, 2010 8:23:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you have the nerve to call yourself a "professional musician" yet you shun new ideas that allow different approaches to the creative process? So it looks like a guitar, woo-friggin-hoo. It's a glorified Midi controller/Effect processor that uses the (very versatile) shape of a guitar to achieve a result without requiring two dozen twisty knobs and whatnot.

Friday, February 05, 2010 9:44:00 AM  
Blogger The Emperor said...

It has more than just a touch pad, and while it has no actual strings it does have 144 buttons, or keys, on the neck, that's 56 more keys than a full 88 key piano, which is also the same as 24 frets of 6 strings. MIDI controller? kinda.
Guitar? It kinda looks like one, but that's all, it's really just a brand new instrument. One that can produce an almost unlimited number of sounds. What I like it the only limitation it has is your imagination, and your manual dexterity, to play the pad and all those buttons using both hands, all your fingers and more.
If you don't like the sound, just change it. Personally I'd buy one.

Sunday, February 07, 2010 4:23:00 PM  
Anonymous Steve said...

I agree with Craig. And I am also a professional musician. I guess this thing has it's place... right next to that "guitar hero" gizmo.
Seems like everyone is into "easier" these days. Pick up a "real" instrument, practice alot, and experience true joy... there are no shortcuts to what I'm talking about.
Steve

Monday, February 08, 2010 10:00:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Answer me this what qualifies as a "real instrument"? Beside the ability to produce music when played?
I would not compare this in any way to the guitar hero with only a few buttons of primary colors, that is a Game controller, it doesn't play music of your choice or design. This one has 144 keys plus the pad, the fact that it's electronic has nothing to do with it, you could put it in the same category as a Moog or Theramin, but all the ranking here reminds me of the reception the Saxophone got when it first appeared. And yet it found a place all it's own, not to mention it's place in Rock-n-roll or the Big Bands before that and of course Jazz. For this one, you are not going to just pick it up and play, you are going to have to put in a lot of time learning it, all 144 buttons/keys and the pad, how to properly play them together, timing rhythm note and chord knowledge and all the rest are required, and the muscle memory it will develop as needed, just like any other instrument.

Tuesday, February 09, 2010 12:27:00 PM  

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