For Mac and PC (Standalone app, VST3, AUv3 Plugin)
For Release Notes and known issues on the latest updates visit: Jamstik Creator Release Notes
For the current state of DAW compatibility visit: Jamstik Creator: Third-Party DAW Compatibility Database
The Creator Plugin is available as a complimentary download for all Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar customers. If you haven't already downloaded it, you can find the Mac and Windows download here.
- Download & Install Instructions
- Connecting Your Jamstik to the Creator
- Update/Release Notes
- Detailed Overview Video
- Running Jamstik Creator in a DAW
- Features, Functions & Controls
- Instruments and Effects
- Issue Reporting
- FAQ & Troubleshooting
Download & Install Instructions:
The Creator Plugin is available as a complimentary download for all Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar customers. If you haven't already downloaded it, you can find the Mac and Windows download here.
IMPORTANT: Two files will be part of your Creator Zip Download. The Jamstik Creator Installer and the Sound Library Installer/Updater. Even if you have installed the Jamstik Creator in the past it is important to run both of these programs again to use the new and updated preset collection.
Connecting Your Jamstik to the Creator:
IMPORTANT: In AUv3 or VST3 mode, Jamstik connection for MIDI input is handled by your DAW and may require a small amount of setup depending on your DAW - Visit the DAW Setup Guides for more information.
Also check the Jamstik Creator: Third-Party DAW Compatibility Database for updated information on available capabilities for the Jamstik Creator in your DAW.
When running the Creator in standalone mode (not inside a DAW) for the first time, the Audio/MIDI preferences window should pop up automatically.
To connect after first launch, open the Audio/MIDI Preferences window from the Audio/MIDI tab on the top bar, the Audio/MIDI Preferences button in the Jamstik Creator preferences, or by clicking Preferences in either in the file drop-down on windows or the Jamstik Creator dropdown on mac system menu bar.
Make sure your preferred audio output device is selected in the dropdown (set the driver type to either WASAPI or ASIO on windows for the best experience), and select the checkbox for your Jamstik under MIDI Device. Your Jamstik may appear of Jamstik MIDI OUT, Jamstik (possibly followed by a number), or a different name. There should also be a greyed-out Jamstik device usually named Jamstik CONFIG OUT or MIDIIN2 (Jamstik). This is the Jamstik's secondary port and is used for adjusting settings through the Jamstik Service and allows settings to be changed on your Jamstik while in your DAW.
Detailed Overview Video
Running Jamstik Creator in a DAW:
The Jamstik Creator plugin is able to be run as a standalone application as well as an AUv3 Audio Unit plugin on Mac as well as a VST3 plugin on Windows and Mac. By default, the installer will install these in the default system folders but this can be changed during install. The plugins can be added to a DAW the same way any other 64 bit VST3 plugin is added. Below are detailed step-by-step guides for some of the popular DAWs, but third party tutorials on "using VST plugins in [DAW]" should apply. Visit our DAW Setup Guides for guides on some of the most common DAWs.
Note: Some DAWs such as Reason and Pro Tools do not accept VST3 or AUv3 plugins. In some cases, third-party wrappers or hosting plugins may be successful but no method is officially supported and tested by our team. For more compatibility information visit: Jamstik Creator: Third-Party DAW Compatibility Database
Features, Functions & Controls:
When the creator launches, it will open to the preset browser. Here you can play with the over 100 included presets that have been custom designed for the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar using the Jamstik Creator.
You can filter the presets by type and instruments to narrow down the list as well as click the star button next to presets to add them to your favorites.
Starring Presets will create a new option under Type called Starred. Here you can find all the presets you've starred for quick access.
Jamstik Creator Preferences
The Jamstik Creator Preferences page is accessible by clicking the Jamstik Creator Logo button in the top left corner of the Creator. Here you can change MIDI settings that will take effect across the Creator.
MIDI Controller Settings:
MIDI Device Mode:
Make sure that this setting matches the setting of the MIDI device you are using in the Jamstik Creator. In many cases, changing this setting will also change the setting on your Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar (if it is currently connected to the Creator). However, it may not in certain DAWs, in this case, make sure to change your device settings in the standalone as well.
- Single-Channel: Single-Channel Mode is compatible with most DAWs and VSTs and the default on most MIDI controllers.
- Multi-Channel: Multi-Channel mode allows strings on the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar to be split into 6 different channels. Few MIDI controllers will operate in this mode.
- MPE Mode: The Jamstik was built to send expression on 6 channels. MPE mode allows even greater individual note control and expression. MPE MIDI controllers are somewhat rare but are compatible with the Jamstik Creator if this mode is selected.
Studio MIDI Device Settings:
This button will take you to the Device Settings panel in the Jamstik Creator.
Pitch Bend Range:
Advanced Feature: If the pitch bend range is changed for the Creator and does not match your Jamstik or other MIDI device's pitch bend range, the resulting MIDI output will not accurately reflect what you are playing.
Here you can change the Pitch Bend Range of your Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar as well as the pitch bend range that the Creator looks for.
Audio/MIDI Preferences (Standalone Only):
Clicking this in Standalone mode will launch the preferences panel where you can select audio devices and settings as well as MIDI controller. In your DAW, these settings are handled in your DAW's audio/MIDI settings or preferences menu.
System CC Assignments:
Here you can set CC assignments on external MIDI controllers to perform basic functions inside of the Jamstik Creator. Either type the CC number in the drop-down or click MIDI Learn and then adjust the CC control to assign it to a function.
Macro CC Assignments:
Here you can set CC assignments on external MIDI controllers to perform macro adjustments inside of the Jamstik Creator. Either type the CC number in the drop-down or click MIDI Learn and then adjust the CC control to assign it to a function.
Changing these settings will map CCs to the associated Macros for all presets in the Jamstik Creator. Generally, Macro 1 will be the most important macro in the factory presets.
Jamstik Device Settings
To access your Jamstik's Device Settings, click 'Device Settings' on the top bar.
- MPE Mode: The Jamstik was built to send expression on 6 channels. MPE mode allows even greater individual note control and expression.
- Single-Channel: Single-Channel Mode is compatible with most DAWs and VSTs
- Multi-Channel: Multi-Channel mode allows strings to be split into 6 different channels
If your Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar's firmware is up to date, you can also double press your device's power button to cycle between Single Channel and MPE MIDI Mode.
Controls the MIDI Channel for Single Channel Mode and the first of 6 channels for the guitar on Multi-Channel mode. This cannot be changed on MPE mode as MPE uses MIDI Channels 2-7 for strings.
Pitch Bend Send:
Sends string bend information from guitar to external DAW and VSTs as Pitch Bend (On MPE/Multi-Channel Mode, pitch bend is on a per-channel basis).
Expression Tracking Send (USB Connection Only):
Sends amplitude/aftertouch information from guitar to external DAW and VSTs as Expression (CC11). These values are tracked and sent per-string and per-channel when this is turned on. In the case of Jamstik Creator, this is used to change the volume of the notes being played to follow the amplitude of the sound being played from the guitar on presets and instruments where Expression Volume Mod is turned on. This produces a more "string-like" decay and cut-off for the produced sounds. This also allows for more natural effects when using playing methods like muting or palm muting.
Pitch Bend Range:
Warning: If your device pitch bend range is changed and does not match your VST or the Creator's pitch bend range, the resulting MIDI output will not accurately reflect what you are playing.
Here you can change your Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar's Pitch Bend Range (Firmware update may be required). This will let you use other VSTs and Hardware synthesizers and have them accurately reflect your pitch bends.
For reference, most VSTs have a default pitch bend range of +/-2 while the MPE standard is +/-24.
The octave and semitone allow you to transpose the MIDI output of the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar without retuning the guitar.
This controls how many minutes of inactivity can occur before the Studio MIDI Guitar switches into sleep mode. You can also disable the sleep timer or have "unlimited time" until the Jamstik shuts off by typing zero in the box or navigating to the farthest left or right value of the sleep timer.
Wired Sleep Timer controls the sleep time when the Jamstik is plugged into to a power source or computer through USB.
Wireless Sleep Timer controls the sleep timer when the Jamstik is not plugged in by USB but is either sending MIDI through Bluetooth or TRS-MIDI.
String sensitivity can be adjusted using the Master String Sensitivity slider, or on an individual string basis.
String Open Note Tuning and Transpose:
Use of this feature requires physically retuning your guitar.
String Open Note Tuning allows you to play your Jamstik in tunings other than standard tuning (EADGBe). To change tunings you must change the note values for each string in the dropdowns as well as retune your guitar. Common tunings are available as presets in the dropdown
For studio environments where a Bluetooth signal may cause interference, you can turn off the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar's Bluetooth signal.
Reset String Sensitivity
Resets the master string sensitivity to default.
Resets the Open Note String Tunings to Standard (EADGBe).
Reset to Factory Settings
Resets all Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar settings to factory settings.
Jamstik Device information meant for internal use/debugging.
In the calibration menu found on the top menu bar, you can tune your guitar as well as check the velocities of your MIDI data.
Note: If data is not showing up or only showing up on one string on this page like below, go into Device Settings and set your guitar to MPE Mode and make sure pitch bend send and amplitude tracking send is on.
String velocity shows the MIDI velocity that is being sent from each input. You can use this to check your velocities for each playing style and it can also be a helpful tool for use while physically adjusting your guitar for best performance. When you play loudly, the notes should register in the red. When you play quietly, the notes should register at the bottom of the yellow.
To tune your guitar, make sure your Device Settings are set to MPE Mode and Pitch Bend Send is active. Then strum your guitar and tune with the provided tuner visual feedback. The tuner for that string will show if you are flat or sharp, and approximately how many cents. For more information on tuning your Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar see our full article on tuning.
Once you have created your own preset or modified settings you wish to keep or share, you can click the save button in the Creator Menu bar or Save in the Preset Browser.
To save your preset into the Jamstik Creator click Save. To export your preset as a .jsp file that you can share with others, click export. These presets and others can be imported into your Creator by clicking load in the Preset Browser.
Once saved, your preset shows us in the "User" type in the left-hand column and is automatically sorted into Instrument types based on what instruments you used to create your preset.
Editing Instruments and Effects
The editor tab is active any time an instrument or effect panel is open. Clicking the editor tab when on another tab will open the first instrument in the Instrument rack. The editor for an individual effect or instrument can also be accessed directly from the Instrument and Effects panels at any time.
Right below the Menu Bar are the Instruments and Effects panels. These scrollable panels will show all the currently active instruments and effects in your current setting or preset. You can also click on New Effect or New Instrument at the right side of each of these panels to add an additional effect or instrument to your setting.
At the top left of an Instrument or effect element is the Remove button - this will delete the instrument or effect and its settings from your current setting.
In the middle is the power button. You can click on the power button to change it from active (blue) to inactive (grey).
In the top right of instrument elements, there is a quick volume knob. You can use this while building presets to quickly change the volume of instruments.
To see a view of the settings associated with the instrument or effect, click on the name or anywhere else in the grey element.
it should then light up with a blue outline and open the instrument or effect controls below in the space where the preset browser was. To get back to the preset browser, either click Browser or the Preset name on the top menu bar.
If at any point you have a stuck note while playing, click the MIDI Panic button in the menu bar and the note will be silenced.
The volume control on the menu bar controls the master output volume of the creator. The current value is shown when dragging the white circle.
Here you can change the tempo that presets and the assignable controls are synced to. By default when running in a DAW, the Use DAW Project Tempo will be enabled. This makes sure that the modulating instruments of the Creator match the tempo of any project you are working on.
If you experience a bug or issue while using the Jamstik Creator, use this button to go to an error reporting form so that our team can work on this issue for the next release. For more immediate/urgent assistance, visit Jamstik.com/Support
Instruments and Effects:
|The oscillator instrument can be made of 1 of 5 wave types - Sine, Square, Triangle, Sawtooth, or Noise.|
There are 3 polyphony settings:
Monophonic - Allows one note to be triggered at a time, notes will slide to each other at the speed of the portamento control.
Monophonic channels - Only one note allowed at a time per channel. If you are in MPE or Multi Channel mode, each string can have its own note at a time and slide between them.
Polyphonic - allows multiple notes to be played at once regardless of their channel.
Transpose, Coarse and Fine all control the oscillator's pitch, while Portamento controls the amount of time it takes to slide pitch from note to note on the monophonic modes.
These settings control when and how the oscillator's sound starts and ends. You can control each node with the knobs or by dragging the nodes themselves.
Expression Volume Mod:
This toggles expression tracking for the current Creator oscillator instrument. This requires Expression Tracking Send (USB Connection Only) to be turned on in device settings. Expression refers to amplitude/aftertouch information from the guitar as Expression (CC11). These values are sent per-string and per-channel when this is turned on. In the case of Jamstik Creator, this is used to change the volume of the notes being played to follow the amplitude of the sound being played from the guitar. This produces a more "string-like" decay and cut off for the produced sounds. This also allows for more natural effects when using playing methods like muting or palm muting.
These settings work as a one band eq for and individual oscillator instrument at a time.
Here you can add any of our professionally sampled instruments into your current settings. Many of these instruments are very large and take some time to load.
The Jamstik Creator ships with 10 different effects - Amp Simulation, Bitcrusher, Chorus, Compressor, Delay, Distortion, EQ, Flanger, Phaser, and Reverb.
These are applied to the output of all instruments and are applied in order from left to right in the effects panel list.
We encourage you to experiment with these effects and see how we are using them by clicking on them when they show up in our presets.
The Amp Sim effect will replicate the sound of plugging your synth into a guitar amplifier. This effect also gives you similar tools found on popular amplifiers such as drive and a three-band EQ.
The Bitcrusher allows you to alter the bit rate of the incoming signal (usually to degrade it). This can be useful when emulating classic video game tones or, when used subtly, to warm up synth sounds and help them stick out in the mix.
The Chorus effect simulates multiple voices performing the same part. It can create a nice rich sound on lead lines and pads.
The Compressor allows you to control the dynamics of the incoming signal. When applied to synthesized sounds, it can be used to further shape the transients of the signal, creating harder attacks and longer sustain.
The delay effect is a simple effect that can be used to create a wide range of textures. This can be used rhythmically or to wash the sounds out
The Distortion effect gives you more ways to degrade the incoming audio signal. Use this liberally to create screaming leads or conservatively to add warmth and saturation.
The Equalizer gives you the tools to get surgical and shape where the sound will sit in the mix. This effect can also be used creatively by imposing new sonic colors or pairing the parameters to LFO’s.
The Flanger can be used to add an interesting movement and depth to your incoming signal. Particularly effective on long sustained notes or pads.
The Phaser, while very similar to the Flanger, can create a more subtle movement and depth. Great on keys and electric guitar sounds.
The Reverb effect will simulate the characteristics of different rooms, spaces, or plates. This effect can be used to achieve natural reverberation or to artificially wash the sound out completely.
To create varied, dynamic sounds and presets, you can use the assignable controls on the right side of an active instrument controls window. Currently built-in to the Creator are options for 6 Macros, 6 LFOs, and 6 ADSRs as well as custom assignable CC controls.
Assigning Parameters to Modulators
A Macro is a control that controls 1 or more controls inside instruments or effects at once! These can be used to dramatically change the sound of a preset very quickly while playing. When you open a factory preset in the Jamstik Creator, multiple macros may already be assigned to controls in that preset.
To edit or make your own macro, switch to the editor view or click on the Macro button in the horizontal list.
Here you can add or remove controls to the macro, adjust each control's depth, name or rename your macro, and preview the macro's effect with the knob in the top right corner. To get back to the controls for all of the macros, click "Macro List".
LFOs apply an oscillator wave pattern to the value of assigned controls inside the creator. These can be timed to match note values or frequencies with the Rate and Tempo Sync function. This effect can also be triggered once and apply to all notes or a new instance of the LFO can be triggered for each new note with the gate trigger setting.
ADSRs apply a custom envelope to the value of assigned controllers inside the creator. This can dramatically affect oscillators and create unique effects that can be triggered per note.
Here you can assign MIDI CC controls to specific parameters inside of the Creator. Drag the New CC Assignment cell to a parameter inside of an Instrument or Effect and then either type in the CC number or click MIDI Learn and adjust the control to let the Creator find your MIDI control.
How to Build a Preset From Scratch
Clicking on the Report Issue button in the bottom left corner of the Creator will take you to a page where you can report any issues you may find with the Creator while using. It is recommended to first check the known issues in Jamstik Creator Release Notes to see if the issue you're experiencing is a known issue or has a suggested workaround already!
FAQ & Troubleshooting:
I'm seeing an "Installation Error" message while installing the VST.
If you see a message pop-up during installation stating, "Unable to write to preferences cache, please restart and try installing again." or, the preset browser is missing all of the instruments upon opening up the Creator plugin, your computer may have fallen asleep or encountered an error during the Sound Library download process. Simply run the "Install Sound Library" again. Wait for the installation process to say "Done" and then try opening up the Jamstik Creator Plugin from your Applications a second time.
Or, The Preset browser isn't showing any instruments upon opening up the Jamstik Creator Plugin.
The guitar sounds strange in my DAW or VST. How to Change your MIDI Mode on the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar.You may need to change your MIDI Mode to Single-Channel MIDI Mode. Here's how: