July 10, 2004
Graph Tech Guitar Labs' GHOST Hexpander pre-amp provides MIDI-compatible
hexaphonic output, and is now improved.
The key to accurate tracking, says Graph Tech, is matching hexaphonic output
frequencies with controller signal processing characteristics. This is complicated
by the design of popular MIDI controllers, such as Roland and Axon, that read
the incoming hexaphonic signal at different parts of the sound wave. Furthermore,
every guitar, and guitar player, produces a slightly different tonal output
that contributes its own nuance to the hexaphonic signal.
To accomodate this, Graph Tech has offered two incarnations of their Hexpander
pre-amp for the best tracking performance possible with any guitar/controller
combination. The advantage to this approach is that you get a dedicated pre-amp
that communicates as accurately as possible with the appropriate setup. The
downside is, of course, that having a dedicated unit precludes high performance
tracking on a different system.
To address this, the new Traktion-equipped GHOST Hexpander pre-amp features
a microswitch on the dual-circuit pre-amp, easily accessible beside the 13-pin
output jack, allowing the user to modify the tracking curve and optimize the
hexaphonic output signal for their unique guitar/ playing style/controller
configuratio for improved tracking accuracy and performance under a variety
of guitar/playing style/controller configurations.
The system is modular and simple to install; very little soldering is required.
Components plug together, making the addition of the numerous switching and
blending options a literal snap.
The GHOST MIDI-compatible pickup system is available to fit hundreds of guitar
models and starts at a MSRP of $360.00
For more information, visit their web site at www.ghostinside.com