Guitar (hex) pickup into Max


    Sep 12 2007 | 3:12 pm
    Hello,
    I have a couple of questions for the guitar synth users:
    Firstly, from what I've read a hex pickup such as the Roland GK-3 outputs 6 signals (one for each guitar string) through a 13-pin connector. Are these audio signals? According to various web sites they are, but I sent Roland UK an email to verify this and they said that it only sends MIDI data, which would mean there is an audio-to-midi converter built directly into the pickup.
    Secondly, if they are audio signals, what is the best way to get them into a Max? I haven't been able to find a 13-pin to USB converter type thingy. I know there are devices such as the Roland GI20 which will convert the hex pickup signal to MIDI then send it to the computer, but I'd like to get the raw audio feeds in if possible.
    Thanks,
    John

    • Sep 12 2007 | 5:03 pm
      >Hello,
      >
      >I have a couple of questions for the guitar synth users:
      >
      >Firstly, from what I've read a hex pickup such as the Roland GK-3
      >outputs 6 signals (one for each guitar string) through a 13-pin
      >connector. Are these audio signals? According to various web sites
      >they are, but I sent Roland UK an email to verify this and they said
      >that it only sends MIDI data, which would mean there is an
      >audio-to-midi converter built directly into the pickup.
      >
      >Secondly, if they are audio signals, what is the best way to get
      >them into a Max? I haven't been able to find a 13-pin to USB
      >converter type thingy. I know there are devices such as the Roland
      >GI20 which will convert the hex pickup signal to MIDI then send it
      >to the computer, but I'd like to get the raw audio feeds in if
      >possible.
      >
      somewhere on the web there is schematics explaining which pin i swhich string
      i have seen this page (many times) when searching things like
      "guitar synth" etc - should be easy to find (with google)
      best
      kasper
    • Sep 12 2007 | 5:23 pm
      ok, now i realise how incomplete my answer was
      so
      1/ the GK-3 sends audio plus some midi, from the switches
      but it sends the 6 strings audio on 6 channels (6 wires)
      2/ to get those in max i would use a 6 in audio intreface (with 6
      preamps and/or 6 DI boxes) - some soldreing to get the 13 pins into 6
      jacks......... (schematics on the web)
      best
      kasper
      >>
      >>
      >>I have a couple of questions for the guitar synth users:
      >>
      >>Firstly, from what I've read a hex pickup such as the Roland GK-3
      >>outputs 6 signals (one for each guitar string) through a 13-pin
      >>connector. Are these audio signals? According to various web sites
      >>they are, but I sent Roland UK an email to verify this and they
      >>said that it only sends MIDI data, which would mean there is an
      >>audio-to-midi converter built directly into the pickup.
      >>
      >>Secondly, if they are audio signals, what is the best way to get
      >>them into a Max? I haven't been able to find a 13-pin to USB
      >>converter type thingy. I know there are devices such as the Roland
      >>GI20 which will convert the hex pickup signal to MIDI then send it
      >>to the computer, but I'd like to get the raw audio feeds in if
      >>possible.
      >>
      >
      >
      >somewhere on the web there is schematics explaining which pin i swhich string
      >
      >i have seen this page (many times) when searching things like
      >"guitar synth" etc - should be easy to find (with google)
      >
      >best
      >
      >kasper
    • Sep 12 2007 | 5:36 pm
      At 4:12 PM +0100 9/12/07, John wrote:
      >Firstly, from what I've read a hex pickup such as the Roland GK-3 outputs 6 signals (one for each guitar string) through a 13-pin connector. Are these audio signals? According to various web sites they are, but I sent Roland UK an email to verify this and they said that it only sends MIDI data, which would mean there is an audio-to-midi converter built directly into the pickup.
      Roland UK is wrong. There is no MIDI send down the 13 pin, only power, six audio channels, and the knob & switch info.
      Here's one (of many) references to the pinout:
      -C
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    • Sep 12 2007 | 5:47 pm
      Thanks for the help guys, I'll keep reading.
      Chris, I didn't even think to check unfretted.com, silly seeing as I plan on hooking up a GK-3 to my fretless :)
    • Sep 12 2007 | 7:23 pm
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    • Sep 12 2007 | 8:30 pm
      I built a cable that splits the 6 audio lines from the 13-pin DIN plug
      out to 6 1/4" TS plugs, plugged them directly into a MOTU Traveler and
      it works fine.
      -Alex
      On Sep 12, 2007, at 10:23 AM, Kasper T Toeplitz internet.fr> wrote:
      > ok, now i realise how incomplete my answer was
      >
      > so
      >
      > 1/ the GK-3 sends audio plus some midi, from the switches
      >
      > but it sends the 6 strings audio on 6 channels (6 wires)
      >
      > 2/ to get those in max i would use a 6 in audio intreface (with 6
      > preamps and/or 6 DI boxes) - some soldreing to get the 13 pins into
      > 6 jacks......... (schematics on the web)
      >
      > best
      >
      > kasper
      >
      >>>
      >>>
      >>> I have a couple of questions for the guitar synth users:
      >>>
      >>> Firstly, from what I've read a hex pickup such as the Roland GK-3
      >>> outputs 6 signals (one for each guitar string) through a 13-pin
      >>> connector. Are these audio signals? According to various web sites
      >>> they are, but I sent Roland UK an email to verify this and they
      >>> said that it only sends MIDI data, which would mean there is an
      >>> audio-to-midi converter built directly into the pickup.
      >>>
      >>> Secondly, if they are audio signals, what is the best way to get
      >>> them into a Max? I haven't been able to find a 13-pin to USB
      >>> converter type thingy. I know there are devices such as the Roland
      >>> GI20 which will convert the hex pickup signal to MIDI then send it
      >>> to the computer, but I'd like to get the raw audio feeds in if
      >>> possible.
      >>>
      >>
      >>
      >> somewhere on the web there is schematics explaining which pin i
      >> swhich string
      >>
      >> i have seen this page (many times) when searching things like
      >> "guitar synth" etc - should be easy to find (with google)
      >>
      >> best
      >>
      >> kasper
    • Sep 13 2007 | 2:17 pm
      Hi Yves,
      I would be very interested. I can attend 12-13 as teaching semester starts,
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    • Sep 13 2007 | 2:57 pm
      Too bad i live in the states. Although despite my respect for Kim, i think it sucks that you have to pay to play, 30 euro participation fee...unless i read that wrong.
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