cancon wrote:The Godin does provide synth access. If you would like more information, try this link.
Aside from the regular 1/4" electric guitar connector, there is a 13 pin connector for direct control of devices such as the Roland GR or Axon AX100 guitar synths.
I was real excited about this. For years I've wanted to be able to use a nylon-string guitar to control a synthesizer. I'm not the greatest keyboard player in the world. I'm best at playing fingerstyle nylon (insofar as I'm any good at all), so a nylon-string MIDI controler would really enhance what I was able to do with a synth.
But after looking into it, I confess I was disappointed . Godin has apparently solved the problem of a MIDI pickup usable with nylon strings (typical "hex" PUps require steel strings). But, you still need to spend the $ thousand+ for a guitar synthesizer to use it. I was hoping you could just plug it into any MIDI device -- even a PC with MIDI -- and use it to "play" all the different sounds.
Apparently you still need an analog-to-MIDI converter, which is not built into the guitar and can only be had by buying a dedicated guitar-synth like a Roland or an Axon. So my question is, is there anyone out there aware of recent developments in this area? Is there a stand-alone analog-to-MIDI converter out there, that works with guitar-MIDI pickups, and that can be plugged into any MIDI device? I know AXON claims they can do this -- but, you still have to spend the money for the guitar-synth rig. I'm interested in just a pickup and converter, that I can plug into my existing PC or keyboard -- and that won't cost me an arm and a leg.
Just curious if anything like this exists, or is on the tech horizon. Or what the technical roadblocks might be to making something like that...