Zivix, LLC, a developer leveraging innovative technology through peripherals, real musical instruments and software, today introduced JamStik™, a portable, easy-to-use guitar-like instrument that brings the guitar’s full expression to the digital world. The JamStik™ has real strings that users can pluck and strum, real frets, real action and the real “feel” of a traditional guitar. Based on the company’s multi-patented IR fingertip-sensing technology, JamStik delivers an authentic guitar experience in a mobile-friendly style and with mobile-friendly connectivity.
“Whether you play an instrument or simply listen, music is a unique universal language that brings everyone together. Our mission is to create a platform for making music that is more meaningful, accessible and fun for everyone,” said Chad Koehler, Vice President at Zivix. “Current musical controllers are like toys; they don’t allow for the freedom of original expression or for learning musical skills that are directly transferable to other instruments. JamStik makes music more accessible than ever before. Musicians and entry-level players alike can finally connect to the digital world and hear all the nuances of sound they expect from a guitar.”
Expressly designed for wireless attachment to the iOS world, JamStik has the ability to moves across multiple platforms, including all iOS devices, smart phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles and future platforms such as smart TVs. JamStik also overcomes the limitations the iOS world imposes on guitars. For example, guitars are not as portable as mobile devices, and current ways of connecting them to mobile devices have certain challenges– including the requirement for a perfectly tuned instrument – that JamStik solves.
JamStik Complemented by Bundled Apps, MIDI Apps
Zivix has developed a suite of bundled apps that broaden the appeal and depth of JamStik:
- JamTutor is a truly interactive system that teaches entry-level guitar. Users can actually see where their fingers are on JamStik’s frets, get instant feedback, and learn at their own pace.
- JamHero is an interactive game-like experience that lets users learn and play songs in the game-like tablature system.
- JamMix provides instant fun for both beginners and advanced players by enabling them to mix loops, sounds and instruments.
In addition, JamStik is MIDI compatible and works instantly with hundreds of MIDI-based apps such as Apple™ Garageband™. It overcomes the current limitations of app-based products for learning guitar and other musical instruments, making them more fun and more powerful because they are driven by a tactile controller rather than by a touchscreen.
Because JamStik employs optical sensors, it recognizes chords, notes and nuances with almost no latency, which is critical in musical applications. These analog sensors also provide a major advantage: they can capture various forms of musical expression such as string bending (changing a note’s pitch by bending the string after it has been struck) that are essential to the nature of a real musical instrument.