How can I ensure the proper performance of the Studio MIDI Guitar?
As the Studio MIDI Guitar is in fact a true analog instrument, it will need to be properly set up as a guitar to perform properly. Our MIDI processing works by analyzing real-time string vibration, so tuned strings and a consistent setup will impact the performance of MIDI tracking.
1. Ensure the guitar is in tune for proper MIDI recognition.
You can utilize any tuner on the market or the tuning module inside of the Jamstik Creator software. It is important to note that if the pitch has dropped below the set tuning (E standard by default) any notes below the set tuning will not be detected.
If you are able to play fretted notes but get no response from open or lower notes this is an indication that your guitar needs to be tuned up, always make sure to check your tuning before making any adjustments to the guitar or software settings.
2. Settings in the Jamstik Creator software.
The Jamstik Studio is set to a "middle of the road" sensitivity out of the box, which is a happy medium that should work for most players however it may not be enough sensitivity for some players & too much for others depending on the users personal playing style and technique.
If you are experiencing missed notes (assuming that the guitar is in tune) you will want to increase the string sensitivity while on the other end of the spectrum, if you are getting too many artifacts then you will want to decrease the sensitivity. Here is a link to an article that will walk you through all of the features of the Jamstik Creator software including how to adjust your sensitivity: link
In the event that you can not achieve an adequate response after trying multiple settings/parameters then you will want to inspect the MIDI pickup to ensure the proper spacing between the string & the MIDI pickup. Additionally, before making any adjustments to the hardware, if you are experiencing artifacts make sure to eliminate as much string noise as you can in your technique, things like misc. overtones, pick or hands brushing the strings can cause unintended MIDI notes to get tracked as short low velocity MIDI data.
If you are using a 3rd party plug-in that does not support MPE you will want to change MIDI modes from MPE mode to Single or Multi-channel MIDI mode & make sure that you have the plug-in & Jamstik Studio set to the same MIDI channel.
In the event that you are using single-channel MIDI mode when Multi-channel MIDI modes is required such as "open play" mode on the Jamstik Portal then you may notice only one string is responding on the fret display or is only detecting notes from one string. Here is a link to an article that will walk you through the Jamstik Creator software including how to change your MIDI modes: link
3. Optimal spacing between the strings and MIDI pickup is approximately 1mm.
An included spacer (1mm Jamstik Guitar pick) will help guide as a reference for any adjustments that need to be made here. Closer proximity will yield higher velocity, while further proximity will lower velocity readings. This will also be fine-tunable in software settings as well. Make sure to check your tuning & software settings before making adjustments to the hardware.
In most cases, simply tuning the guitar will solve most issues, however, if MIDI tracking or velocity issues occur, please refer to the detailed guides on each subject.
- How to Set String Action using the Adjustable Nut on the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar
- How to adjust intonation on the Jamstik Studio
Additional Quick Tips:
If using a third-party USB cable for connection, please ensure the USB cable is USB C to USB A and data-enabled. For example, a Mac USB-C charging cable will not transfer MIDI data. Here's an option from Amazon we've tested for compatibility. The Jamstik Studio does not support USB C-C cables.
Wireless headphones & speakers cause a delay. Always use wired audio output from your connected device for the best playing experience.
Lower the Buffer Rate in your DAW - Latency is one of the biggest barriers in getting MIDI devices to perform the way you want them to. Make sure that your device and software are set to the most responsive settings. You should also close any other software programs on your device that may be running in the background.
The Jamstik is able to accept alternate tunings as low as C Standard tuning (C-F-A#-D#-G-C) just make sure to set the alternate tuning in the Creator software before tuning your guitar. Tuning below C Standard may degrade MIDI performance.
The 3.5mm jack on your guitar is for TRS-MIDI messages only and will not output audio into speakers or headphones.
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