Looking for the evolution of MIDI and guitar? Look no further than the
Misa Digital Kitara. The Kitara is a solution for musicians everywhere
wanting a guitar fretboard-oriented controller, but the Kitara also has
an onboard digital synthesizer and an interactive multi-touch screen.
Now you can use the traditional guitar playing techniques you know and
love and use them to create digital sounds only dreamed of, until now.
Select the notes you want to play on the fretboard and then use the
touchscreen to trigger the sounds. The Misa Digital Kitara opens the
world of MIDI like never before.
The future is here
With looks right out of a
futuristic vision, the Misa Digital Kitara not only brings style but a
huge cool factor to musicians everywhere. The touchscreen not only gives
you unheard of control, but also provides a very cool light show for
all those watching.The limits of using the Kitara are only set by your
imagination. Is it a guitar? A MIDI controller? A synthesizer? You
decide. Arguably one of the most flexible and innovative instruments in
modern history, the Kitara is a chameleon of many colors.
Built-in polyphonic synthesizer
full-featured polyphonic synthesizer is built into the Misa Digital
Kitara, making it a self-contained instrument. An 8" multi-touch screen
gives you massive and innovative control over the features and
playability of this unique fretboard controller. You trigger notes and
sound by touching the screen, how you place and move your hand
determines how the sound is processed. Strum, tap, drag, multi-touch,
whatever, every touch is control over a parameter, instrument, or
effect. You get to choose how the instrument functions. The Kitara
fretboard lets you choose the notes, much like a keyboard, except there
are 144 keys to choose from. You can assign all six strings to play one
sound, or designate a different sound per string. The Misa Digital
Kitara can also control compatible MIDI devices.
Guitar feel and familiarity
Misa Digital Kitara has a layout that is very familiar to guitar
players. The fretboard features 24 frets, but instead of strings each
fret space is a button. Now all those chord voicings and arpeggios you
know on guitar can translate directly into MIDI devices with ease. The
Kitara's built-in synthesizer has tons of great tones and even built-in
effects. You get a range of effects from distortion to delay to
modulation. Jump into the MIDI realm with a fretboard controller that is
as familiar as your guitar.
8" multi-touch display
Onboard polyphonic synthesizer
24 frets, 144 buttons/notes
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Author: Raf Turning on the Kitara for the first time was exciting. The touch screen and glossy button-activated fret board give it a futuristic look and feel. My first impression was, 'wow, what an amazing piece of technology'.
Once I got the standard operation down, which by the way was easier than I expected, the true genius of the Kitara made itself apparent. While the buttons took some adjusting to, I soon was able to perform scale runs and chords without looking at the neck and my fretted hand.
The touch screen allows a level of organic play I thought never possible on a digital instrument. By assigning different filters and effects to the X/Y axis (as well as 4 different expressive input methods), I was able to morph and create some impressively unique sounds from the Kitara and all with the more than capable built-in soundbanks.
Patches range from a church organ to a "Space Guitar!" As well, switching to MIDI mode was all too satisfying... I assigned MIDI controls to the touchpad and was immediately manipulating a Z3ta2 patches into atmospheric soundscapes. The weight, feel and obvious build quality of the Kitara justifies its premium price point.
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