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Sensy Guitar  ·  Source: Sensy Inc

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The new Sensy Guitar is billed as a MIDI controller and an AI guitar. It is currently gearing up for an online Kickstarter campaign, which means we should see more soon. But does the world need yet another oddball plastic faux guitar?

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Sensy Guitar

The Sensy Guitar combines a wireless MIDI controller, and will also act as a learning aid for aspiring guitarists. Which could be a great tool for many people.

A portable, AI-powered instrument with smart LEDs for playing any sound and making pro-level music easily – Sensy

As a MIDI guitar, it comes with 72 string-like triggers, four pads and six sliders. You can pluck them or play them with a pick. A synthesizer with 72 instruments is also included. And with these sounds, you can make music directly without connecting to a computer or smartphone/ Either via headphones or an extra Bluetooth speaker.

AI Guitar?

Sensy Guitar is an AI Guitar

Learning Tool

Battery charge should allow up to twelve hours of use. In addition, there are several functions on board for beginners. So you can set a key via the four pads in the middle. Then the matching trigger LEDs light up on the guitar neck and it is easier to play a solo that matches the song type. They have app and computer integration, so it looks like it will be a flexible system for users.

With computer and app integration

Game & Learn

There is also an AI-supported play mode. For total beginners, this would potentially be a neat way to learn finger dexterity. As you can map the buttons to control games. Think Guitar Hero and you will be in the ballpark here. I guess anything that could inspire younger players to pick up an instrument should be considered a positive.

Silent practice time

Silent practice time

Advanced Use

There should also be a lot of things that will keep advanced users entertained as well. Thus, the integrated gyro sensor for guitars can detect typical varieties such as vibrato, tapping and bending and convey them directly to the internal synthesizer. The mirrored design of Sensy Guitar should also make it easy to use left-handers. I’m sure some of my synth head mates would find plenty of ways to use and abuse all that controller data as well.

Price and availability

“In spring 2022,” the manufacturer Sensy Inc. is planning a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. According to the FAQ, the price should be approx. 300 dollars. This is not too high for all those features, some of which could really benefit new players and therefore I hope it does well.

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One response to “Sensy Guitar: MIDI & AI guitar for all?”

    hooleydooleydoo says:
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    This has been done so many times, and while I seriously hope for the best for the makers, it has never caught on and likely will not. Starr Labs/Ztar has been building similar devices for decades. The ‘baby z’ is close to this in many ways, and while it’s a couple hundred more, it’s from a company who has somehow eked out a living (or at least hasn’t closed down) producing these types of guitars. I do not think any ‘keyboard on a stick’ aimed at guitars will ever succeed, because button and triggers lose the nuance that makes the guitar such a personal experience. I cannot think of another popular instrument where the pitch and dynamics are both generated by the player’s fingers; even if not playing fingerstyle, things like pick angle and position are enough to make two guitarists sound different, even when playing the same rig. Again, good luck, hopefully they get something right that many others (Casio, Yamaha, Stepp, off the top of my head) got wrong.

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