Custom pick settings guide (HTML page)

Feb 10, 2014 – Firmware Version 2.082

The Jamstik has customizable pick settings which allow you to optimize performance and cater to your playing style. The following are some definitions that are helpful to understand while working with the editor.

*Note when working with the editor, always remember to “SAVE” values before testing or exiting the editor.


General Definitions:

MIDI: “Musical Instrument Digital Interface” - a technical standard that describes a protocol for musical event messages; notation, pitch, and velocity.

MIDI Velocity: The, “strength” of the midi message on scale of (0-127) which roughly translates to volume of audio output. 


Pick Settings Definitions: 

Trigger Values: The threshold at which a pick action creates a midi note.

Volume Boost: Additive MIDI volume values to compensate for light picking.

Volume Curve: Whether volume dynamics are linear or more exponential.

Curve Flattening: A measure of volume normalization

Minimum MIDI Velocity: The minimum output level of a triggered note.


Default Values and Ranges:

String E (Low E) Trigger: 7 ~ Volume Boost: 30-45

String A Trigger: 7 ~ Volume Boost: 30-45

String D Trigger: 7 ~ Volume Boost: 30-45

String G Trigger: 7 ~ Volume Boost: 30-45

String B Trigger: 10 ~ Volume Boost: 30-45

String E (High E) Trigger: 10 ~ Volume Boost: 30-45

Minimum MIDI Velocity: 30


Common issues and solutions:

  1. String does not sound note - Lower Trigger Value and test.
  2. Strings are creating unintended notes - Increase Trigger Value and test.
  3. String sounds too quiet - Increase Volume Boost and test.
  4. Jamstik sounds too quiet in general - Increase Minimum MIDI Velocity


When editing these perimeters, keep in mind your previous settings before committing changes.  We also recommend to increase/decrease these values incrementally when fine-tuning your Jamstik.  Remember you can always HARD RESET your Jamstik and bring it back to default values.  

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