I’m not sure how I missed this one before but here is a video of András Szalay, along with Burr Johnson, at last year’s Fishman NAMM booth. When asked how he achieved the superior tracking of the Triple Play, András, holder of six midi guitar patents, modestly replies, “I’ve had some experience.”
VGuitar Forums moderator, television producer, and guitar technology guru Elantric brings us the first video of the Fishman Triple Play from NAMM 2013.
In the first clip Benjamin Singer shows how the Triple Play clips on and off a guitar in a flash. Magnetic posts attached with thin adhesive keep the transmitter in place, while a clear plastic channel allows the pickup to slide firmly into place. Background accompaniment for both videos is provided by demonstrator extraordinaire, Burr Johnson (shown above).
Next Andy Lewis walks us through the main interface and some of the bundled software. Check out how easily one can split the fretboard into multiple instruments (2:10).
Will there be a bass version? “Absolutely!” Apparently Victor Wooten (at 3:45) really wants one (and we all really want him to have one, I’m sure), and founder Larry Fishman is a bass player. A floorboard unit with a 5-pin MIDI output is “on the roadmap” (4:50) but Andy did not want to discuss future products. Roland owners should not be holding their breath for 13-pin out (5:23). At 7:50 Andy discusses Fishman’s philosophy on the market and customer for MIDI guitar.
Andy Lewis on tracking accuracy; “A lot of traditional MIDI guitar products require extremely clean playing… to make this product have broad appeal we’ve worked very hard to make the product work with nearly any kind of guitar player. … It took a little extra work to make it work with different playing styles.”
Braccio, a regular at the VGuitarForums, reports from San Francisco that Fishman Transducers has a presence on the show floor at Macworld iWorld 2013. They are in booth 951. Godin Guitars is also displaying at Macworld for the first time. Coincidence?
This is a great move for Fishman. The technology press will be all over this. Hitching their MIDI wagon to the iPad, and being a first of its kind on the device is a fantastic strategy for lots of free press.
The Fishman Triple Play was also featured onstage during David Mash’s tech talk, The Macintosh for Guitarists. David is Senior VP for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology at Berklee College of Music. A long time MIDI guitar devotee, David is excited about the Triple Play’s uses in transcription and education, according to Elantric who spoke with David at last week’s NAMM conference. Elantric, a long time moderator at VGuitarForums, predicts that most music students will soon own Triple Plays “as part of their 2014 curriculum. Rather like some schools now require iPads.”
Last year when I wrote this article, I was concerned about Fishman entering a product category that a huge company like Roland with all its resources could not seem to figure out how to take it to the masses. Today many of my fears for Fishman, and the future of MIDI guitar, are alleviated. Look for lots of tech, and general public, press about the Fishman Triple Play over the next week or so.
Dang, I wish I had gone to Macworld this year. I was there last year.
Fishman Director of Marketing Chris DeMaria announced the bundled software that will ship “in the spring” with the Fishman Triple Play.
We have bundled it with some software from Native Instruments, Presonus, IK Multimedia, and Native Instruments. So we’re providing full versions of all those software components. So right out of the box consumers are going to be able to compose, perform and record like never before.
Chris wasn’t clear what these “full version components” consist of, and the box photo above is not much clearer. The screen shot on the back of the package does show advancement in design over previously shown software. Let’s hope this software bundle is worth the year-long delay it caused in shipping.
Many thanks to Sebo Xotta and Angelo Tordini who captured this footage of Robert Godin, founder of Godin Guitars, introducing a new guitar with a built in Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller.
This is the guitar. It’s the MIDI wireless. … You take a USB key. You go on your computer. … and the guitar talks to the USB key. No wires. No 13 pin. And it tracks like crazy.
Mr. Godin expects the guitar to cost “let’s say one thousand.”
Many thanks to Kevin White of Fishman showing us the first glimpse of a packaged Fishman Triple Play Wireless Guitar Controller. This video is from the National Association of Music Manufacturers (NAMM) convection in Anaheim CA 2013.
This year 13 will be the lucky number for those of us anxiously awaiting the Fishman Triple Play MIDI Guitar Controller. Last week I received an update on the product from Fishman.
“Everyone in the building is working on getting the Triple Play ready for NAMM.” said a Fishman representative close to the product, “The packaging is done. And we are making our final push.”
The waiting is the hardest part.
He went on to describe that the Triple Play hardware has been ready for some time. Units have been in the hands of testers and artists throughout 2012. Hardware design “has been tweaked a bit,” but “has not changed significantly from the units shown at last years Winter NAMM show.”
The software package, which has been the biggest holdup, is finalized as of this month. And the official ship date? “We expect to have units at NAMM” he said, but later qualified it by referring to shipping being in “late January or early February.”
Fishman has hinted at expected ship dates, and announcements thereof, more than once in 2012. What has pushed back shipping on a nearly complete product for over a year? Software licensing. According to my source, it has taken this long to finalize contracts with third-party software vendors for the as-yet unannounced included synth and sound packages. It seems that getting “the software licenses we really wanted to get” took far longer than expected.
Apparently the ink is almost dry on those contracts and we can expect to see actual packaged retail units at the National Association of Music Manufacturers conference next week in Anaheim.
Click here for almost everything I know about the Triple Play.
UPDATE: Jan 21, 2013 – Fishman confirms that they “will be taking order from dealers at the NAMM show”. More on this soon.
Summer brings with it the longest days of the year. This year they feel a bit longer as we anxiously await word of a ship date for the Fishman Triple Play MIDI Guitar Controller. Meteorologists designate that seasons begin and end arbitrarily in sync with the calendar month. It’s unknown who made them the boss of time, but let’s hope that Fishman concurs, making the anticipated announcement just a couple of weeks away.
Until then, here is another impressive demo video to get us through summer’s diēs caniculārēs. Burr Johnson tears it up for the Harmony Central cameras.