The eternal story of synthesizer sounds with the guitar I had already opened here a few days ago. Midi-guitar, pickups, pedals… all nice and well. But are there any other possibilities? With a little luck, yes. The wireless mini-midi-controller Noisemachine might be worth a look.
The Noisemachnie is a really small midi controller. It’s so small that it could easily be attached to a guitar of your choice. And since the whole thing runs without cables via BLE Midi, you don’t even have to worry about a big cable tangle.
Small, but powerful
Let’s take a closer look at the specifications. On board are 12 keys, which are by default assigned all 12 notes of an octave (C, C#, D, D#, E, F, F#, G, G#, A, A#, B). In addition there is a slider with which you can raise the notes above seven octaves. The Noisemaachine is completed with a button that can send CC commands assignable via software. We’ll have a look at the other modes when the Kickstarter campaign is started.
All the fun fits into a 54.3 x 60.3 x 11.4 millimeter case. The battery should allow 6 to 8 hours of runtime and is charged via USB-C.
Most people shouldn’t have any major problems with a targeted latency of 7.5 to 10 ms. Yes, I know, fine spirits don’t want more than 3 to 4 ms. But if you consider that sound propagates at 340 m/s, a latency of 3 ms means that the sound source is about 1 meter away. So at a latency of about 9 ms the sound source would be felt to be three meters away. This corresponds loosely to the distances that prevail in the rehearsal room and even more so on a small stage. If you have a problem with this, you probably won’t move your ear one centimeter away from your 4×12 speaker for the rest of your life. Of course how this will work out in practice can only be judged when you get your hands on a noise machine.
Now I imagine the following set-up. You take a Noisemachine and couple it with a Moddevice Dwarf,to which you can connect a Bluetooth dongle via USB. With a little bit of luck both will be released in the same time frame. Short to the Dwarf. This is a very freely programmable effect device that can provide not only the usual guitar effects but also synthesizer sounds. If you want to have a closer look at it you can also take a look at the already available devices from Moddevice on youtube, because they all work in the same way.
So if you attach a noise machine to your guitar and a Dwarf to your pealboard you get a complete keyboard that can be attached to your guitar without any problems. Now you just have to see if it is possible to make the notes sound until you press the next button. It would also be cool if you could use the noise machine to start samples. Possibilities over possibilities.
Unfortunately, it takes some time until you get your hands on a noise machine. The Kickstarter campaign is planned for the end of August/September. And as always, you have to count on a few months until the finished product will be shipped. But we’ll take a closer look at that when the campaign is live.