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What is StringPort?
StringPort is a hardware and software bundle that provides synthesis control to string players.
How does the StringPort hardware work?
The StringPort hardware is an audio converter. It takes audio from pickups on each individual string of your instrument and sends it via USB2 to your computer. The audio enters the StringPort hardware through a 13-pin polyphonic output (such as a GK3 pickup or the output on a Zeta violin), aux input, or instrument input. The StringPort hardware is a lightweight, small box that is easily transported as part of your regular rig and can be used in the studio or on stage. But the hardware by itself is only half the fun. The software is where the creativity starts.
What does the StringPort software do?
After leaving the hardware, the high-quality audio is fed into the powerful collection of StringPort applications where comprehensive analysis provides maximize control over your sound. With the synthesis and processing plugins, the audio can be transformed into millions of individual sounds to create inspired electronic music. More applications can be downloaded through periodic software updates to expand your palette. The software can even output notation and tablature suitable for standard scoring programs.
What kinds of sounds are possible with StringPort?
StringPort provides continuous pitch, loudness, brightness, noise content, even/odd harmonic ratio, and other powerful acoustic descriptors for control of software synthesis. Advanced polyphonic signal processing includes a Polyfuzz, VST wall, velocity curve, modulation, phase vocoder, and mixer. Mix and match the applications to discover your unique sound. Listen to examples of StringPort sounds on our YouTube Channel.
What instruments will work with StringPort?
The first version of the StringPort software has been specifically designed violin and viola. Soon the StringPort software will also support other bowed string instruments, as well as fretted instruments like guitar and bass. Sign up for our newsletter to receive announcements about the release of StringPort for your instrument.
Besides my instrument, what else do I need to use StringPort?
All you need is an instrument with a mic or polyphonic pickups to provide the audio to your Intel Mac computer.
What are the power requirements of StringPort?
Stringport comes with its own power supply cable that can be plugged into a standard wall jack. It requires more power than can be provided by the USB2 connection.
Is StringPort software available for Windows?
There isn't an audio driver available for Windows just yet. We recommend signing up for our newsletter where we'll make an announcement when the Windows driver becomes available.
Will StringPort work without a polyphonic pickup?
Yes, thanks to the aux in and instrument in, you can connect a standard instrument pickup into StringPort. StringPort, however, was designed primarily for polyphonic signals, so you will find many of the features included in the software won’t work without a polyphonic input.
Will StringPort work with a MIDI controller?
Yes, StringPort has a MIDI input for a MIDI controller or floor pedal and can deliver processed audio information to balanced line out, MIDI, and headphone jack.
Where can I find more information and demos about StringPort?
There are several locations online to find more information.
Basic Info, photos, manual, and demo software: keithmcmilleninstruments.com/products/stringport
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