Jamstik Creator Software Guide
- Download & Install Instructions
- Update/Release Notes
- Quick Start Video
- Features, Functions & Controls
- Preset Browser
- Editing Instruments and Effects
- Jamstik Device Settings (USB Connection Required)
- MIDI Panic
- Creator Options
- Instruments and Effects
- 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 free beta version available for Mac and Windows here.
Installation notes: Be sure to run the Sound Library Installer AFTER installing the Creator (these two installers are bundled in the same zip file and most both be run for the Creator to function correctly)
When running the Creator in standalone mode (not inside a DAW), make sure to click on Preferences (either in the file drop down on windows or the Jamstik Creator dropdown on mac) and select your Jamstik from the MIDI dropdown.
Quick Start Video
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.
Editing Instruments and Effects
Right below the Menu Bar are the Instruments and Effects panels. These scrollable 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 it's 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.
Jamstik Device Settings (USB Only)
Note: In the current beta, Device Settings is only supported over USB connection.
To access the 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
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 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.
String sensitivity can be adjusted using the Master String Sensitivity slider, or on an individual string basis.
String Open Note Tuning and Transpose:
The transpose knob allows you to change the MIDI output of the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar by semitones without retuning the guitar. For example, if you wanted to play in one higher octave than normal, you would get the transpose value to +12.
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.
For example, to play in Drop D tuning, change the value of String 6 Open Tuning (E2) to D2. Remember to retune your guitar to Drop D tuning as well!
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.
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.
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.
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 are using an MPE controller that is not recognized by the creator as the Studio MIDI Guitar, turn this option on to have access to the MPE features of the software instruments.
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.
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 4 LFOs, 3 CC assignments, and 3 ADSRs.
How to Build a Preset From Scratch
Assigning MIDI CC Values
For now, assigning MIDI CC values to controls in the creator may be a bit different than your current workflow for other synths.
Click on any of the CC control elements in the Assignable Controls panel. Then either select the control you want to assign from the drop-down or click MIDI Learn and then move the control to let the Creator find its signal. You can also manually type in the CC number in the drop-down.
Then drag the CC handle element to the Instrument control you can to modify.
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:
My Jamstik isn't playing or showing fretboard data in the Jamstik Creator.
For Release Notes on the latest updates visit: Jamstik Creator Release Notes