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Axe-Fx III -> Guitar 2 Midi - full guitar synth without hardware!

Mark Scrivener

Inspired
I recently discovered "Guitar 2 Midi" (standalone or vst) works much better than any of the hex pickups (fishman, roland, etc) I've used before, and I can use it on any stock guitar without having to mount an ugly hex pickup! Just plug a laptop via USB into your FX III, drop the Guitar to 2 Midi into your favorite DAW (with the FX III set as your audio interface), and use your soft synths (Omnisphere!!!). Yes, your current rig + laptop can give you full midi guitar synth capabilities.

Use input 5 for the DI, and return out 7/8. In your Axe FX III preset, use the "In USB" block to return the signal. This will allow you to mix or switch between your Axe preset sound and what ever synth sound you are using.

On my system (Win 10 laptop using Reaper), 256 samples (buffer) is as low as I can go without audio issues. This gives about 8 ms latency for the total system. Not ideal, but workable. Hopefully with some tweaking I can get drop it to 128 samples and around 4 ms latency. Anyone else tried this?
 

unix-guy

Legend!
Are you referring to Midi Guitar 2 by Jam Origin?

https://www.jamorigin.com/products/midi-guitar-for-ios/

I have used it with mixed results from my iPad - really depends on the soft synth its paired with.

The iTrack interface I use with it comes in handy for connecting to the iPad and Axe Fx, keeping the iPad charged and includes a handy master volume knob for controlling the synth level.

Edit:

Search the forum for titles with "midi guitar" for related threads.
 

Mark Scrivener

Inspired
Are you referring to Midi Guitar 2 by Jam Origin?
Yep. They also have a Windows version. I had tried version 1 with limited success, but v2 is jaw dropping good.

I have used it with mixed results from my iPad - really depends on the soft synth its paired with.
It is working impressively well with my laptop and Omnisphere. But agreed, midi guitar stuff can be hit and miss. I found this combo really solid though...everything from pads to fast leads tracked well. For me though the real use is textures.

Search the forum for titles with "midi guitar" for related threads.
Thanks, I'll look again, but my first search didn't turn up much under the Axe FX III discussion forum. Just thrilled I can use the Axe as an interface, and all I need is a laptop and usb cable. Great to have options without requiring a modified guitar and extra hardware.
 

unix-guy

Legend!
Yep. They also have a Windows version. I had tried version 1 with limited success, but v2 is jaw dropping good.



It is working impressively well with my laptop and Omnisphere. But agreed, midi guitar stuff can be hit and miss. I found this combo really solid though...everything from pads to fast leads tracked well. For me though the real use is textures.



Thanks, I'll look again, but my first search didn't turn up much under the Axe FX III discussion forum. Just thrilled I can use the Axe as an interface, and all I need is a laptop and usb cable. Great to have options without requiring a modified guitar and extra hardware.
Yeah... It's at least as good as my GR-30 and GK-2a, and I can use any guitar I want!

Here's a search that you can use:

https://forum.fractalaudio.com/search/152758/?q=Midi+guitar&c[title_only]=1&o=date
 
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