Gibson Labs, Networksound Co-Develop Technology for Electric Guitar

The electric guitar has plugged into the digital world using NetworkSound's real-time digital solutions over standard Ethernet. 11/17/2003 7:00 AM Eastern

The electric guitar has plugged into the digital world usingNetworkSound's real-time digital solutions over standard Ethernet.Developed in collaboration with Gibson Labs, the new Gibson DigitalGuitar features Gibson’s MaGIC connectivity protocol and a newpickup capable of isolating the vibrations of each individual string.In order to prevent loose Ethernet jacks and disconnections, the guitaris fitted with Neutrik’s EtherCon RJ-45 connector.

Uusing the MaGIC protocol developed by Gibson Labs, the guitarcompany’s technology division, NetworkSound was able to send 32mono channels or 16 stereo channels in each direction over a singleCAT-5 cable. “What you could conceivably do with this guitar isquite incredible,” states Barani Subbiah, Founder and CEO ofNetworkSound. “After running out of the Ethernet port and intothe 8-output Breakout Box, you can then use split mode to assign eachof the six strings to a different amplifier. However, this technologyjust wouldn’t be practical if you had frequent drops in yourconnections and cables, so we had to go with the tight-locking androck-solid Neutrik EtherCon RJ-45. You could jump around onstage allday and not lose your connection.”

The digital guitar uses Gibson’s patented HEX pickup, whichsenses up-and-down motions and side-to-side motions, and can detect andisolate the vibrations of each individual string.

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