About this project
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“The coolest guitar gadget ever….Guitar Wing gives you the ability to control software while playing your guitar at the same time. You can interact as much or as little as you want.”
- Vernon Reid (Guitarist - Living Colour)
“Looks like exactly what I want and have been struggling to get out of foot controllers”
The Guitar Wing™ from Livid Instruments is an expressive control surface that gives guitar and bass players wireless control over the functions of their favorite software plug-ins, DAWs, iOS apps, MIDI effects units, and even lighting and visual platforms.
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How Guitar Wing Works
Keep The Guitar You Love
The Guitar Wing fits any electric guitar or bass and does not require modifications of your instrument. Easily attached (and removed), it communicates with your computer using wireless technology.
Key Product Features
Learn To Fly, Fast.
Every Guitar Wing will include the Wing FX™ software plug-in, so you can quickly use it to control effects, pitch, filters and more. Built-in motion sensors offer users new ways to control their sound without compromising their play.
Our Story (why we've made this)
Enter 2014 and Guitar Wing
What People are Saying
"Guitarist's have long been searching for a bridge that would connect a guitar to the way that modern music is created, manipulated, and controlled. The Guitar Wing is an exciting new and creative tool that today's guitarist will be using to interact with everything from DAW software, to inspired new sounds."
"Guitar Wing from Livid Instruments breaks new ground for guitarists and electronic performers- especially for those of us who are both. Switching from one to the other always felt like an interruption that would break the creative flow. No more interruptions with Guitar Wing."
"I could totally see myself using the Guitar Wing for triggering samples and effects during our live set."
"In recent years guitarist have been forgotten when it comes to new school electronic and other high production sample based genres. Livid has created a unique piece of hardware that allows guitarist to jump back in and actually control their DAW while feeling the freedom of a wireless guitar performance. I have used Livid Controllers on multiple world tours and can always count on them to be intuitive, stylish and most importantly, dependable."
- Travis Stewart (Machinedrum)
Developing Guitar Wing
Beginning from an idea that has grown and evolved since our earliest years as a company, we have been actively developing the Guitar Wing for the last 12 months. Each prototype has undergone extensive testing and refinement, to include design improvements such as:
- Increased pressure and touch sensor responsiveness
- Strengthened support clamp and grip
- Added swivel feature to fit on any guitar style
- Extended the life of each battery charge
- Improved button height for ergonomic play
We've had some help from visionary advisers.
Using Guitar Wing As A Controller
The Guitar Wing combines the latest in wireless technology, RGB LED lighting and ultra-thin pressure and touch sensitive controls, for a totally new, completely portable, and elegant design that fits almost any guitar.
You can use the Guitar Wing with the bundled effects plug-in, WingFX™, or dive into the vast world of software, controlling programs like Logic, Garage Band, Ableton Live, Guitar Rig, Reason, and many others. Whatever your vision, the Guitar Wing provides an expressive control surface that’s designed to fit the needs of guitar and bass players.
As a class compliant MIDI device, the Guitar Wing works with almost any audio software, iOS application, VST Plugin and more. Setting up the connection is easy, and with colorful LED feedback, you’ll know what’s going on without having to look at your computer screen.
We have a growing list of software templates that will be available for Guitar Wing users. Here are a few that will be included upon release:
Ableton Live, Guitar Rig, Traktor, Max/MSP, Reason, Logic, WingFX
Templates that are coming soon: Garage Band, Cubase, FL Studio, Studio One, Digital Performer, Bitwig, Reaper, iOS apps, and many more…
Watch Moldover explain his Guitar Rig mapping.
Watch D.V.S. explains his Ableton Live performance mapping.
About WingFX Software
- Sample playback (wav, mp3, aiff...)
- Pitch shifting
- 3D motion controlled effects
In addition to the pre-configured software templates, we invite the community of software, hardware and iOS developers to integrate Guitar Wing with their products. We are making a Guitar Wing SDK (software development kit) available to those interested in expanding product compatibility for Guitar Wing. Whether you represent a company, are a student, artist or inventor, we invite you to explore Guitar Wing as an inventive platform for interfacing with emerging technologies.
Guitar Wing Specs
Wireless (Bluetooth) | Battery powered (USB charged) | Class compliant MIDI (driverless) | All-RGB LED lighting
5 Pressure sensitive pads | 3 Touch faders | 6 Rubber function buttons | 4 Side selection switches
Three axis accelerometer (for motion control)
Rubberized clamp for easy attaching and detaching
WingFX™ multi-effects software plugin (Standalone & VST)
- Jay Smith - Founder and CEO
- Travis Redding - COO
- Peter Nyboer - Director of Software
Partners: John Acquaviva, Carl Hung, and Matt Newport.
Why We Need Your Help
- The costs associated with the first Guitar Wing production run
- Completing the development and testing of WingFX™
- Ensuring product affordability through volume parts acquisition
- Expanding integration possibilities to other software and hardware
- Fulfilling each backer reward on this project
Support this effort by visiting GuitarWing.com
Risks and challenges
We've been actively working on the Guitar Wing and WingFX™ software for the last 12 months, during which time we have designed and tested many prototypes. We have now arrived at what we are confident is the final, production-ready prototype.
We've been manufacturing MIDI controllers for the past ten years and are very experienced with the ups and down associated with hardware production. We have an established supply chain and a large network of highly experienced suppliers, however there is always the risk that something may alter the established component or production lead times that our plans rely on. In the event that any such change will impact the fulfillment schedule for our listed rewards, we will notify our backers promptly.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Well the first model was designed specifically for a right handed guitar or bass, it can be attached anywhere on the instrument. So it would be useable for a left handed guitar, or anything else you wanted to clamp it on, like a table or stand for that matter. The clamp is adjustable and flexible so it can be clamped to the upper horn, lower horn, behind the bridge or anywhere where it fits really. We've even played with it on a viola!
Guitar Wing uses Bluetooth to communicate with a USB MIDI receiver (included). This means that setting up a Bluetooth connection between your computer and Guitar Wing is not necessary. The USB MIDI receiver is also driver-less, so there is nothing to install when connecting to a computer. A simple way to visualize the path is:
[Guitar Wing] <-> [Bluetooth] <-> [USB MIDI receiver] <-> [Computer]
You can use a device like this http://iconnectivity.com/iConnectMIDI4plus to use it without a computer
Bluetooth is very reliable as a system. The signal even hops communication frequencies to find the cleanest one. Bluetooth reportedly reaches up to 50m (~150ft). This provides a signal range that is ideal for any practical application.
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