About this project
The YRG-Pro is a MIDI guitar for the 21st century guitar player. It provides connectivity to a variety of music creation and recording tools. Using standard MIDI protocol, the YRG-Pro is compatible with any MIDI hardware or software platform.
Historically there are three basic MIDI guitar designs: segmented frets, pitch detection and buttons. Each has its own limitations that have frustrated the MIDI guitar market for decades. Our solution takes advantage of the low latency button and segmented fret systems, while eliminating the play-ability and mechanical difficulties of those designs.
Based on our proven technology, the YRG-Pro is designed with studio and performing musicians in mind. The instrument is a full size wooden guitar providing the comfort and feel of your standard electric guitar.
The YRG-Pro is a composition and performance instrument for guitar players that gives access to sounds and tools that keyboard players have had for the past 30 years. The YRG-Pro is a tool that will expand your capabilities.
- Solid wood body and neck
- Standard scale 22 fret fingerboard with 13” radius
- <Gen2> pickups
- LCD control panel for parameter adjustment
- Redesigned metal whammy bar system
- Redesigned mute bar for silencing and palm muting
- Modulation joystick
- USB MIDI via standard MIDI class drivers
- Legacy 5-pin MIDI out
- Rechargeable battery pack or USB power
- Never needs tuning
- Tracks, plays, and slides like a conventional guitar
- Parameters: transposition, volume, pan, MIDI channels, fingerboard zones and more
- Customizable physical and digital parameters
- Customizable layers can be mapped into user defined zones
- 100 presets for saving configurations
- Most common open tuning's are pre-programmed
- User programmable open tunings
- Monophonic (solo) mode
- Standard MIDI class driver for compatibility with PC’s, MACs, iPads
- Works with most DAWS, Recording Software, Tablature software and sound modules
- MIDI surface controller mode supports DAW's like Ableton Live!
- User defined joystick can be mapped into MIDI controllers
- Onboard switches can be assigned to MIDI controller (on/off) mapping
- Whammy bar and pitch bend ranges are adjustable
- MIDI mono mode (one channel per string)
- Software is updatable and downloadable content is in development
Above: Colin demonstrates the YRG-Pro
Above: Dan Mumm Demonstrates the YRG-1000 with an iPad
Above: Dan Mumm Performs with the YRG-1000
*The poster below illustrates the evolution of the YRG*
The G-stick (top left) was the very first YRG prototype; designed to harness the power of a MIDI keyboard in the body of a guitar without sacrificing the feel that most other low latency MIDI guitars lacked.
Three years of R&D turned the G-Stick into the YRG-1000 (top right), the first commercially available YRG. Intended for both beginner and professional level consumers, the YRG made its way into the homes and studios of a variety of consumers. We've received an overwhelming amount of feedback from studio guitarists thanking us for creating something they had been seeking for many years.
Following a year and a half of Gen1 production, the YRG-1000 <Gen2> and Limited Edition were born (bottom left). Improvements on both the firmware and hardware transformed the YRG-1000 into a more accurate and reliable MIDI instrument. All the YRG-1000 sounds were replaced with higher quality sounds recorded and produced by a professional audio house. The Limited Edition provided early access to the Gen2 as well as exclusive accessories and sounds. Only 500 LE’s were assembled and a select few of them are available as our rewards.
All previous models have brought the YRG line to where it stands today. We are now ready to bring our reliable, accurate technology to a professional level. Pairing the reliability and accuracy of the Gen2 hardware with our most powerful new firmware makes the YRG-Pro the ultimate studio MIDI guitar (bottom right).
$100,000 - We will publish an SDK which will allow communication with applications over MIDI transport.
$125,000 - We will add an extra guitar color to choose from. The color will be voted on by supporters.
The plan is to use the $80,000 to finish the development on the YRG-Pro. For us that means buying the remaining tooling, completing the software features and GUI, as well as placing an initial PO to begin production.
Our company is a young company through and through. Our staff is comprised of exceptional young people who are musicians and music enthusiasts. Together we represent a variety of experience and education. Led by inventor, founder, and president Cliff Elion we have been striving to make the power of music creation available to everyone.
Cliff is an industry veteran and has worked with such companies as Linn Electronics, Gibson Guitars, Seymour Duncan, Microsoft, and other notables. The YRG-1000, Cliff's original brainchild, was driven by his desire to find a solution for guitarists who lacked access to reliable and affordable MIDI guitars.
Inspired Instruments makes the You Rock Guitar and a line of music related products and accessories. In business since 2009, it began manufacturing and selling it’s products in mid 2010 from its Southern California office. Since then we have grown our sales and awareness substantially. We have been recognized by top publications, musicians, and consumers as not only producing a viable MIDI guitar, but also one of the most powerful MIDI guitars on the market. Our devotion to customer support, quality, and cost efficiency has earned us our niche amongst the giants in the music industry. Our goal is to continue providing a powerful, affordable, and satisfying product, eventually expanding our technology to a platform, thus enabling music creation at any level of experience.
Dan Mumm, a very talented guitar player, is now one of our good friends. He came to us with many questions about the YRG. Once he got his hands on one he realized its full potential. In the following videos Dan expresses his own opinions about our technology as he demonstrates some of the features of the YRG that will be available in the YRG-Pro. (In both videos below Dan is using the YRG-1000)
The YRG, or You Rock Guitar, is our line of no latency affordable digital MIDI guitars. There are currently three models, the YRG-1000 Gen1, Gen2, and now the YRG-Pro model (being funded by this project). Each model can be used as a MIDI controller and features our patented zero latency technology. The Gen1 and Gen2 were designed for price sensitive consumers and traveling musicians while the Pro model is designed for professional studio and performing musicians.
MIDI (Music Instrument Digital Interface) is a digital communications language used to communicate musical data between devices such as keyboards, computers, synthesizers and You Rock Guitars
The YRG-Pro will host a number of useful applications such as a zones function, mono mode, and customizable MIDI switches.
The Zones function is great for allocating sounds to different areas on the fingerboard. For example a bass guitar could be assigned to the low E string and the A string while a synth pad is assigned to the rest of the fretboard. This function will allow the user to map different sound layers into any area on the fingerboard.
Mono mode takes advantage of MIDI functionality to allow different pitch bend information to be transmitted for each string - meaning that you can bend strings independently. This is done by putting each guitar string on a separate MIDI channel.
The YRG is mainly differentiated from all other MIDI guitars by its patented fingerboard technology. The pressure sensitive simulated strings feel as close to real strings as possible (unlike the buttons and switches that many other MIDI guitars utilize). The YRG also has the ability to send MIDI data out via USB. The YRG also has no latency due to its patented design and firmware. The YRG-Pro will also feature many customizable MIDI controls.
There are currently two models in production to choose from, the YRG-1000 Gen2 and now the YRG-Pro model (being funded by this project).
Looking to use a MIDI guitar in a Studio/Performance or just want a high end guitar? -> YRG-Pro
Just starting out? -> Gen 2
Looking to use the guitar to record with a DAW? -> Gen2 or YRG-Pro
Travel a lot? -> Gen2
Looking for the most accurate and reliable sensitivity? -> Gen2 or YRG-Pro
Still not sure? -> Post on our page for help.
Solid wood body
Solid bolt on wood neck supporting our new fingerboard
The neck is standard “strat” width
The guitar has 22 frets with standard fret spacing
The fingerboard is a new design with a 13” radius
The whammy bar is being redesigned with a metal fulcrum and spring system
The redesigned mute bar will allow for palm muting via different velocity settings Velocity switching can be used to select different sounds
Built in rechargeable battery pack
LCD based GUI interface
Higher quality I/O jacks
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