A digital guitar that captures all performance gestures of a player, uses Instrument Models to create realistic instruments and more.
A Brief Description of our Offering
SONITAR – what's next for guitar. CONNECT naturally to the world of digital interactive music.
HARMONIC DESIGN has a long history in music technology. Engineers working for us, invented the technology that drives the Sonitar, and makes it unique and powerful. It is inexpensive to produce, and yet provides the perfect interface for guitar and stringed instrument players. Competing designs use pitch analysis, or hardwired sensors. Both of these are less than ideal technologies, the Sonitar is an elegant solution.
A BETTER INSTRUMENT
The Sonitar so accurately senses a player’s gestures, that all nuances are modeled. This translates to a flexible high quality instrument made from real guitar parts using a standard gauge guitar string. This results in an instrument that reacts in many ways better than standard instruments. The Sonitar has a higher dynamic range, and access to virtually any sound through velocity-switched multi-mapped wave table synthesis running on smart devices.
The Sonitar uses the strings themselves to sense the players motion. As mentioned, this translates to a more perfect modeling of a guitar string, and therefore an experience that even professional players can enjoy, and connect with. The CONNECTION is critical, and the Sonitar does it better and more intuitively than any other technology.
As the user plays, they find they have access to many types of guitars, and musical instruments. The dynamic resolution of an acoustic instrument is actually EXCEEDED. Entirely new instruments with the nuanced control of acoustic instruments are better than live.
The built in Sonitar Wifi hardware will connect with any smart device, tablet or laptop. Turn on the Sonitar, and the recording software and tone generator pop up on your smart device, ready to serve you. This convenience and power make it revolutionary. It’s portable, wireless, and always handy, always ready.
USB - All Sonitars will have a USB interface for wired data transmission and reception. The sonitar can connect to any USB capable device over USB.
BEGINNING TO ADVANCED PLAYERS
The power and availability of this interface, makes it perfect for learning to play, if you’re just starting out. The Sonitar CONNECTS you to a personal music tutor that is tirelessly ready to help you at any time in any context. As you progress, you share your connection with other players. Form a band with other Sonitar players, make a local wireless music network, even connect world wide to other musicians.
Advanced musicians will find a new tool to experiment with. New techniques for performance and recording are possible, and many talented musicians will explore the possibilities.
SONITAR HARDWARE AND SMART DEVICE SOFTWARE
Relying on our long history in music technology development, Harmonic Design is creating not only the hardware interface, but complimentary software for making music: Customized instruments and sounds, recording, notation displaying, and learning software.
The Sonitar technology combined with a wireless interface to the powerful processors of today’s smart devices, creates a GAME CHANGING, DISRUPTIVE application for smart devices. Here are the top reasons:
Users can keep the Sonitar with them, and connect to their portable smart device to create an instant recording studio for jotting down ideas, sharing those ideas with others, or enjoying an impromptu jam session.
Because the Sonitar can produce sounds of Acoustic-Electric-Rock-Jazz guitar, and drums, piano, bass, strings, brass, woodwinds…… collaborators can now trade off roles, and invent new sound combinations intuitively.
Since the smart device has full access instantaneously to the Sonitar player’s expression. It can now INTERACT. Analysis of the music data, and comparison to a professional player’s interpretation, will make the smart device an EXPERT MUSIC TUTOR. The smart device will display the music, make the sounds, and analyze the player, all in realtime. For the student, progress will happen faster than before, because the novice receives CUSTOMIZED EXPERT INSTRUCTION.
Online connections will allow for our in-the-works applications in the form of games and musical challenges / competitions. Interactive music games will entice the timid to try learning to play, and keep them interested, as they make progress in their games scores, and in their REAL playing ability.
Competition / Co-opetition
HARMONIC DESIGN is tapping into a worldwide industry that exceeds $300 billion dollars. The barrier to entry in the guitar controller market is related to the technology that the interface is based on, and how well that technology models the instrument for the player.
The Sonitar technology is proven. It is cheap to manufacture. The secret to making it work well is in the software. It provides the fastest most intuitive interface available, and it models the stringed instrument better and more completely than any other technology. When combined with a wireless interface, the ease and elegance of the interface will surpass all others.
Sonitar technology is protected by 11 patents.
Harmonic Design also has existing relationships with Internet interactive software companies. The Sonitar provides a connect for the musician to the vast and growing world of interactive internet music, which is really just in it’s infancy. Tremendous growth opportunity is available as we pursue partnerships with key Internet and Music entities.
With the interactive music and gaming market today we are experiencing a Market Capitalization to Revenue Ratio of 4:1. With a projection of 1% of the World’s music artists and 0.1% of the World’s aspiring artist using the Sonitar, projections a base to 8.4 million users and revenue of $1.75 B/year. This level of commitment could raise our company capitalization valuation to $8B.
The Sonitar is a GAME CHANGING, DISRUPTIVE technology and application in an expanding market, only in its infancy. The market concepts are all in place today. The ability to generate revenue within this market is a proven concept. With the Sonitar, Harmonic Design has brought together a world that will bring the music industry into a new decade and into a future that smart-device-connected people can grow with. This opportunity is unique and provides and excellent opportunity for investment growth.
Having proven the technology concept with our prototype, Harmonic Design is well into the engineering of the Sonitar, with faster hardware, new design features, and better software. With sufficient funding we project to have market ready product in 9 months. We are currently growing are facilities and suppliers in anticipation.
We have an engineering office in San Diego (tech center Sorrento Valley), that is working on the new design. We are shrinking the electronics, and adding new features to the prototype shown in the video. High quality guitar parts are being purchased from parts manufacturers, and a facility in San Marcos, CA is being employed for integrating final products.
Our main need now is to prepare the design for production, but we are ramping up production preparations for PCB production, guitar part processing, setup and assembly and full Q&A testing.
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