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Can EastWest and Fishman’s collaboration give guitarists the same flexibility as keyboard players when it comes to virtual instruments, asks Mike Hillier?

MIDI controllers for guitar are nothing new. Hexaphonic pickups have been around a long time now, and while latency was once a problem, faster processing and better pitch-detection algorithms have meant this been considerably reduced. Yet, most guitarists have found interfacing their instruments with samplers and synthesisers to be more of a chore than a creative endeavour, and many will prefer to fumble their way around a MIDI keyboard than attempt to integrate their axe with virtual instruments.

While the technological reasons for avoiding MIDI guitars have been overcome, the software instruments themselves are usually designed with keyboards in mind. And this is where EastWest has stepped in. The company has teamed up with Fishman to deliver a complete MIDI guitar solution, using the guitar-pickup experts’ TriplePlay Wireless MIDI controller hardware in tandem with the TriplePlay software, with optimised versions of EastWest’s sample library.

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2017 has been an exciting, innovative year for new music-making technology, from machine-learning plug-ins to laser-guided microphones and from scientifically crafted, point-source monitors to boutique synthesisers, the past 12 months has offered up new variations on classic gear and inventive new creative tools for making and recording music. We pay tribute to the best gear of the year in our roundup, with our winners compiled by a fusion of reader votes and our expert panel. Elsewhere this issue, we have the second part of our new A-Z series with Gear4Music, chat to MPG Award-winning mastering engineer Mandy Parnell and Grammy-winning producer and engineer Mark Rankin, and cast of our eye to the future with tutorial content in the latest iterations of Live and Reason. Additionally, you’ll find all the latest reviews from the likes of Toontrack, Dynaudio, Sonokinetic and more.It's been an excellent year for the music-technology industry, and MusicTech as a magazine. Here’s hoping 2018 will be equally as fruitful… enjoy the issue.