And It Only Took 40 Years
With this video and a couple others, it seems to me that the guitar synthesizer is finally maturing to the point where it is as expressive and tractable as the normal acoustic or electric variety. I've dabbled with guitar synth over the years and it's always been too big of a compromise in technique and expressive control to be really satisfying to play. For so many years, manufacturers struggled with just getting the triggering right. Actually, that was the whole problem -- the approach of triggering one instrument with another is flawed from the get-go. But this is very different. It synthesizes sounds by processing the guitar sound itself, mangling the sound through the magic of digital signal processing. No triggering involved. As a result, the response is virtually instantaneous and, by golly, it appears to preserve all the expressive nuances of guitar technique. Very impressive. Unfortunately, it probably costs a small fortune. I think the technology now needs a really visionary and compelling artist to popularize it and blow it open. The Edge, you're wanted on line 1...
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