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Misa Digital Tri-Bass
Misa Digital Tri-Bass
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List Price: $799.00
Our Price: $749.00

Availability: Currently On Order, Stock Arriving 11-30-16
Product Code: 9999-11762




Misa Digital Tri-Bass Digital Guitar

The Misa Digital Tri-Bass, is a new guitar-style MIDI controller. The Misa Digital Tri-Bass is a touch pad based MIDI controller for MAC, Windows and other MIDI-capable devices.

Misa Digital Tri-Bass Digital Guitar Details

The Misa Digital Tri-Bass, is a new guitar-style MIDI controller. The Misa Digital Tri-Bass is a touch pad based MIDI controller for MAC, Windows and other MIDI-capable devices. Featuring a new improved continuous groove fret board the Tri-bass is set to be the choice of MIDI musicians both professional and amateur.

Each Misa Tri-Bass is mostly hand-made, which means every unit will be slightly different in some way. Also, Misa is really just one person: (Michael). It is not a large company with a dedicated support team. However, Front End Audio has been really involved with the earlier version of the Tri-Bass - the Misa Kitara. We understand the Tri-Bass and are helping with providing FREE technical support to customers who purchase their Tri-Bass from us (it should be noted that this is not a replacement for reading the product manual).

The Misa Tri-Bass is a MIDI controller. It makes no sound of its own, so you need to connect it to a sound generator (like a synthesizer, or to a computer to trigger sounds in a Virtual Instrument). It has two main parts: 1) touch sensitive neck, 2) touch screen

To play a note, you hold down a note on the touch sensitive neck to designate which note you want, and then you press the touch screen. When you release the touch screen, the note will stop playing. In the standard playing mode, the touch screen is divided up in to four sections. Each section corresponds to a different MIDI channel (numbered 1-4). When you play a note, the channel it will play on depends on the section on the touch screen that was tapped. You can tap multiple sections simultaneously. Typically you will assign a different synthesizer to each MIDI channel, so you can control up to four sounds at once. For example, you may assign channel 1 to a synth lead, channels 2 and 3 to variations on a bass patch, and channel 4 to a sound effect. If you want a sound to continue playing even after you have lifted your finger off the touch screen, you can sustain the note. To do this, drag upwards on the particular section you want to sustain until it turns white. Later, drag upwards again to turn the sustain off. Any pressed notes on the neck will be sustained when the section is tapped. You can drag a finger across the large touch pad to control multiple effects simultaneously. The large touch pad measures your finger position along the x and y axis. When you drag your finger along the x axis, the tri-bass updates the effects values of any control assigned to CC 16 on channel 1. Similarly, when you drag your finger along the y axis, the tri-bass updates the effects knob positions of any control assigned to CC 17 on channel 1. You can also control effects from the smaller pads. For the smaller pads, only the x axis is measured. Each pad controls CC 16 on its own channel.

NOTE: If you want to assign a touch panel axis to a control in software such as Ableton, you first enable Ableton's "MIDI Learn" function for the particular control you want to assign, and then drag either along the top half or bottom half of the touch panel depending on which axis you want to assign. To see the battery life remaining, press the two corners of the touch screen closest to the neck.

Alternative Mode: Sample Pad Mode with Tap

By pressing the two far corners of the touch screen simultaneously, you enable a sample pad mode which does two things:

1) It displays six squares that behave as sample pads. All pads output to channel 1 and each is tuned to a different note. Since these are sample pads, your hand position on the neck does not affect the sound of these pads. The pads are tuned below the E string (notes B, C, C#, D, D# and E), so you can key split the notes in software like Ableton to get the neck to control a different sound source to the pads. The pads also output a linear x-axis position control (CC numbers 18, 19, 80, 81, 82 and 83). Again by key splitting, if you want you can use these pads to control other parameters without triggering a sample.

2) Pressing notes on the neck will cause them to be played (to channel 1) even when the touch screen is not pressed. This allows you to do two handed tapping, or use the drum pads while playing on the neck simultaneously. The large X/Y pad can still be used to control parameters (but in this case it doesn't re-actuate the pressed notes, which is a good thing).

Alternative Mode: Sliding Chords with Portamento

You can enable this mode by pressing all four corners of the touch screen simultaneously. I have always been mesmerised by a very specific multi-synth configuration that lets you slide chords in a unique way. I say unique because a keyboard cannot do this. You set up three identical synthesizers on three separate channels (channels 9, 10 and 11) and make sure each synthesizer is monophonic, so that only one note can be played at a time on each synth. Glide/portamento must be enabled for each synth. Finally, split the tri-bass strings by entering this mode. Each string will output to a different synthesizer allowing you to slide chords while taking advantage of the synth's portamento capability.

Misa Digital Tri-Bass Digital Guitar Features

  • Touch screen on the body
    • for instant sound changes while you play
    • multi-synth control (up to 4 simultaneous)
  • 3 continuous touch-sensitive grooves ("strings") on the neck (Tuned EAD)
    • allowing you to smoothly slide and play MIDI notes with near-zero latency.
  • USB and MIDI ports
    • to connect directly to synths or computers with sound libraries
  • Supports VST and AU plug-ins
    • use your favorite sound libraries installed in your computer
    • there are no on-board sounds, this is a MIDI controller for guitarists
  • Use it with your favorite DAW:
    • Pro Tools, Cubase, Samplitude, Sonar, StudioOne, FLStudio, Ableton, GarageBand, etc.
  • Solid wood body and neck
    • feels great, plays great
  • Rechargeable Battery
    • for freedom on stage
  • AC Power supply included
    • for playing long sessions
Special Note: The Misa Tri-bass is currently undergoing a design change. Details on new features, additions, changes (including pricing and availability), have not been released at this time. While we will still take pre-orders for this, it should be understood that the final product will not be the same as the original Tri-Bass, and the pricing may change (if the pricing increases, the difference will need to be collected for your order to be processed and shipped). Contact us before placing an order!

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