JamOrigin’s unambiguously-named MIDI Guitar software claims to be “the worlds first software solution for polyphonic guitar recognition” and that it will “turn ANY guitar into a guitar-synthesizer or record tablature simply by playing it.” While anxiously awaiting news of the Fishman Triple Play, commenter Francis recommended that I give this software-only solution a spin.
I was immediately impressed by the clean interface design, low latency, and accuracy of the note tracking. Within minutes of installing MIDI Guitar the “patent-pending polyphonic pitch detection” was translating my picking and strumming into MIDI notes and chords with aplomb.
At the time of this writing, this BETA software is still in development. Even at this early stage it is in pretty good shape. MIDI Guitar is quite good at real-time transcription. It’s weakest area is expression. While it handled pitch bends well, I could not produce any variance in volume. Every note plays at almost the same volume. Hopefully this issue will be addressed in future development.
UPDATE: The guys at JamOrigin addressed the above concern (about 3-hours after this post!) saying that velocity and expression will be the subject of an upcoming update. Awesome!
JamOrigin is offering a demonstration “Early Access” version of the software freely on their website and asking for guitarists feedback and demo recordings. Give it a try yourself at http://www.jamorigin.com/midi-guitar/vst.html and let me know what you think.
Also, check out this video review/demo by David Wallimann.