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MIDI Guitar for GarageBand

By Jam Origin

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MIDI Guitar is a revolutionary piece of software that allows you to play software instruments and synths on your guitar, essentially converting your guitar into a polyphonic MIDI controller/keyboard. The guitar-to-MIDI transcription runs in real-time, with latency and accuracy comparable to expensive and inconvenient hardware MIDI guitar solutions.

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MIDI Guitar for GarageBand is meant to be used with Garageband's virtual instruments but it is also a powerful and versatile guitar effect processor on its own. It can be used with MainStage or Logic as well, using Apple's Virtual MIDI standard, or even hardware synths with good old MIDI cables.

It will analyse your guitars playing in real-time and and know exactly what you play. As you can imagine, this opens up for a whole new dimension of guitar effects.

MIDI Guitar for Garageband is very easy to set up (it just works) but it has some limitations compared to the more expensive plugin version of MIDI Guitar (more info at our website).

In order to use MIDI Guitar you need guitar- or audio-interface. It will work with all types of guitars, but it performs best with a solid body electric guitar. Use a dry guitar signal, bridge pickup, tone all way up.

The app is free to try and evaluate with your setup.

If you have problems please see the built-in interactive help system or email our support.

What's New in Version 2.1.0

Everything is improved - tracking in particular.
Lots of new features and modules - all free if you already purchased.


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Customer Reviews

Great App

Had the first version and thought it was incredible, upgraded to new version and had a problem , emailed Ole Kristensen at Jamorigin and he promptly sent back an email walking me through the fix—up and running again with many improvements!!! Will definitly buy the full version (Wife even said she would get it for me LOL she supports my habit). Thanks Jamorigin for the great product!!

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Was working fine until latest update.

Amazing product for so cheap...

I remember back in the 80’s when midi was introduced and Roland released a number of guitar controllers with their synthesizer. The package costed over $3000.
I gave up on that idea and happen to come across this app. The demo impressed me (beside the nagging dialog that stopped the app from working!!) that I purchased it. Simply plug my guitar without any modification to a PreSonus AudioBox iTwo to interface with MacBook Pro and … magic.
Just a tip, when using this app to record bass lines, it’s best to set the Pitch Shift to ‘One Octive Down’ and play one octive higher. Since the higher frequencies are much faster to process, this can help reduce the latency.

The only complaint I have is that there seems to be a lot of ghost notes, specially on the notes that I play. I have to edit almost all notes played on Garageband to remove these ghost notes, that are sometimes 3 or 4 layers on top of each other. It may not ba an issue in live situations, but for recordings I notice the effect on the instrument sound.

For $39.99 it’s the best deal.

MIDI Guitar for GarageBand
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  • Free
  • Category: Music
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  • Version: 2.1.0
  • Size: 4.6 MB
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Compatibility: OS X 10.6.6 or later, 64-bit processor

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