Gibson Labs, Networksound Co-Develop Technology for Electric Guitar

Nov 17, 2003 12:00 PM, Editors


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The electric guitar has plugged into the digital world using NetworkSound's real-time digital solutions over standard Ethernet. Developed in collaboration with Gibson Labs, the new Gibson Digital Guitar features Gibson’s MaGIC connectivity protocol and a new pickup capable of isolating the vibrations of each individual string. In order to prevent loose Ethernet jacks and disconnections, the guitar is fitted with Neutrik’s EtherCon RJ-45 connector.

Uusing the MaGIC protocol developed by Gibson Labs, the guitar company’s technology division, NetworkSound was able to send 32 mono channels or 16 stereo channels in each direction over a single CAT-5 cable. “What you could conceivably do with this guitar is quite incredible,” states Barani Subbiah, Founder and CEO of NetworkSound. “After running out of the Ethernet port and into the 8-output Breakout Box, you can then use split mode to assign each of the six strings to a different amplifier. However, this technology just wouldn’t be practical if you had frequent drops in your connections and cables, so we had to go with the tight-locking and rock-solid Neutrik EtherCon RJ-45. You could jump around onstage all day and not lose your connection.”

The digital guitar uses Gibson’s patented HEX pickup, which senses up-and-down motions and side-to-side motions, and can detect and isolate the vibrations of each individual string.

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