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?
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.
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.
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.
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.