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 realtime string vibration, so tuned strings and a consistent setup will impact performance in a big way.
For our customers, we're here to make sure you understand proper tuning, intonation, and action measurements to get the most out of your guitar.
While we ship every unit only after a QA test has been passed on both guitar playability & MIDI tracking tests, it may be required for the end-user to adjust some mechanical components to find optimal settings.
1. Your guitar should be tuned for proper MIDI recognition. You can utilize any tuner on the market or our own VST based tuning module.
2. Optimal spacing between the strings and MIDI pickup is 1mm. An included spacer will guide 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.
3. Intonation is also an important factor and proper setup ensures each fret sends a clean signal to the pickups. This is adjustable via nut-height, saddle position & string tension.
4. Proper guitar care suggests that you keep your unit within normal operating temperatures and avoid fast-transitioning temperatures when possible. Keep your guitar in the case when traveling and give it some time to warm up after bringing it inside from cold outdoor temperatures.
In most cases, simply re-tuning the guitar will solve most issues, but if intonation or MIDI 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
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). 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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