Antares Premiers Auto-Tune For Guitar
Antares has announced a new addition to their Auto-Tune pitch detection and manipulation technology, Auto-Tune For Guitar. Auto-Tune for Guitar is an entirely DSP-based suite of functions that expands the flexibility and range of the electric guitar while letting you continue to play your own way.
Actually smaller than a typical business card (see picture above), the Auto-Tune for Guitar DSP processor board simply installs into the back of your guitar, while a specialized string “reader” pick sits underneath the strings on the front. With Auto-Tune for Guitar, tuning up your guitar is a breeze. You can tune all six strings instantly with the push of a button (no motors or gears required). Simply strum the strings, trigger String Tuning via a button or foot switch, and your guitar is instantly in tune.
With Auto-Tune for Guitar’s Virtual Capo function, you can shift pitch both up and down a full octave, so you can play in any key or range. This allows you to play open chords in different keys at their traditional positions down at the bottom of the neck. (Imagine playing 12th fret hammer ons and pull offs in the open position, or switching to baritone guitar, bass, or even sub-bass, with the push of a button.)
It’s one thing to tune up your strings, but as anyone who’s been playing for awhile knows, the tougher challenge is maintaining perfect intonation as you move up and down the neck and finger complex chords. This is where Antares claims Auto-Tune for Guitar performs some of its most dramatic magic.
Less-than-perfect intonation muddies your guitar’s tone. But by using our new Solid-Tune Intonation system, an Auto-Tune for Guitar equipped guitar constantly monitors the precise pitch of each individual string and makes any corrections necessary to ensure that every note of every chord and riff is always in tune, regardless of variables like finger position or pressure or physical limitations of the instrument. Of course, Solid-Tune is smart enough to know when you want to manipulate pitch, so you can play bends and vibrato exactly as you always do. In fact, Solid-Tune Intonation makes it even easier to bend to the right pitch every time.
Using Auto-Tune’s world-standard pitch detection and extremely high-quality pitch shifting, Auto-Tune for Guitar lets you quickly select from among familiar alternate tunings as well as dramatic new tunings that would be physically impossible without Auto-Tune for Guitar. From popular tunings like double drop D, open D, open G, and DADGAD to previously-impossible tunings like six-string bass, split bass/guitar (i.e., just the bottom string shifted an octave down), twelve string, and the best polyphonic octaver now available, Auto-Tune for Guitar gives you access to virtually any tuning you can imagine, along with some you may have never imagined. All without the need to stop and physically retune or swap guitars.
With Auto-Tune for Guitar’s guitar and pickup modeling, you have a virtually unlimited variety of classic and modern tones at you fingertips. Antares’ proprietary modeling technology lets you select a guitar/pickup combo and then select from the pickup configurations that would be available on the original guitar. The Auto-Tune for Guitar also offers a tone control that can boost or cut the modeled pickups’ frequency response, dramatically changing the sound of any guitar and pickup model.
No pricing or availability has been announced.