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Guitar-to-MIDI Interface: Guitar Tones to MIDI Notes Conversion Requiring No Additional Pickups

Many musicians, especially guitarists (both professional and amateur), use effects processors. In recent years, a large variety of digital processing effects have been made available to consumers. Further, desktop music, the "lingua franca" of which is MIDI, has become widespread through advances in computer technology and DSP. Therefore, we are developing a "Guitar to MIDI" interface device that analyzes the analog guitar audio signal and emits a standard MIDI stream. Similar products are already on the market (such as the Roland GI-20 GK-MIDI Interface), but almost all of them need additional pickups or guitar modification. The interface we are developing requires no special guitar accessories. We describe a prototype platformed on a PC that anticipates a self-contained embedded system.

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