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surround-sound guitar

6 strings, 6 pickups, 6 outputs, 6 amps.
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You play a chord, each string can be heard from a different point in the room. Interesting? Sure. Enjoyable? Probably not.

(Is this possible with MIDI guitars? Shoot me down if it is.)

oatcake, May 06 2003

Kent Armstrong http://www.pickuprepairs.com/custom.html
Nice pickups, moderately lousy site. [angel, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 21 2004]


       //possible with MIDI guitars?//: Completely. Set each string to a different MIDI channel, send to module with 6 outputs, set each sound on the corresponding channel to a different audio output. Run to different amps.   

       The divided hex pickup used on MIDI guitars isn't wired for 6-channel sound, but it could be.
Cedar Park, May 06 2003

       //Is this possible with MIDI guitars? Shoot me down if it is// [oatcake] stay still! I can't get a proper shot off...
silverstormer, May 06 2003

       <insert bullet richochet sound here>
krelnik, May 06 2003

       Roger Waters of Pink Floyd used to play a surround-sound bass guitar (four pickups). The bass riff of "Money" would skip around the hall. Nice effect.
Sir Despard, Jul 11 2003

       Argh! Nine stringed basses (link) are stoopid!
snarfyguy, Jul 11 2003

       //Is this possible with MIDI guitars?//
Well, it is on mine. Each segment of the MIDI pickup can be assigned to its own MIDI channel, and your synth set-up can deal with the rest. Synth 1 responds to, say, channels 1 & 2, and the voices on those channels are panned hard right and hard left respectively. Synth 2 responds to MIDI channels 3 & 4, and synth 3 to channels 5 & 6. Three stereo amps, six speakers, and you're in business.
You don't need to go to MIDI though. Kent Armstrong (linky) can custom-build single-string pickups so you can have a six-channel output, again feeding three stereo amps.
angel, Jul 11 2003

       I've been designing and making 6-channel and stereo guitars for over 25 years – for folks like Ry Cooder and Eddie Van Halen. It's a beautiful thing! Steve Ripley http://www.thetractors.com/
Ripley, Dec 09 2005


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