Originally Posted by mtl777
Hey guys, do you know of any software that can take a live input of a guitar, convert the notes played to MIDI, and trigger a synth with the MIDI notes - all of these done in real time? Something like a guitar synth in software. Any good ones out there?
Thanks a lot!
The best answer is a GraphTech Ghost MIDI pickup and any of the note-to-MIDI control boxes. The better ones in terms of speed don't have their own sounds. I have a Roland.
The big issue is that few guitarists play cleanly enough. They leave ghost notes all over the place. And MIDI doesn't track slides or bends that well.
There are many guitar players who were able to adopt MIDI into their live shows.
I find it to be a very expressive and useful tool for recording MIDI parts. A keyboard just doesn't do justice to the attack of strings, for example. Using a guitar to play string parts lead me to a much more natural string sound. Some woodwinds, too. Having keys, MIDI guitar and MIDI drums, one can pick the MIDI controller that yields the best characteristics of the instrument that is being emulated.
This is a far more accurate way (and with less latency) to get MIDI notes from a guitar. I haven't tried any of the software converters in years, but when I did they required a lot of pissing around.