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The Future in recording guitar


Welcome to Separate Strings - a hardware resource page for anyone wishing to explore the universal possibilities in recording and playing separate guitar strings.


The benefits of recording separate strings, including ‘normal’ mono guitar re-amping, have long been known to music producers and elite guitar players.  1995 saw the arrival of Roland’s first widely available hexaphonic pickup and v-guitar synth - GK2A and VG8.  This new technology opened an exciting world of exploration in guitar tones, as before you would have needed access to dozens of guitars, amps and effects.


‘V-Guitar Synth - ‘play a bit…adjust a bit’. Finding an exact tone using a v-synth is usually a very tiring process. After 30-40 dial twiddles and button presses, you can easily find yourself settling on a tone that sounds approximately right. The problem with ‘play a bit, adjust a bit’, is your hands are not free to concentrate and explore the wealth of patch permutations. Effectively, you are left with a guitar tone that sounds poor in comparison to a world-class professional guitar player.   


Break-Out Box interface.  A breakout box allows a hex-pickup and v-synth user to record separate strings performances to a multi-track or DAW (digital Audio Workstation). With each string recorded onto a separate audio track, this allows further separate string enhancements with software editing, such as: split, copy, paste, move, delete, normalise, volume and re-tune.  Note. Software separate string enhancements can be discrete as well as extreme. You can choose light and subtle separate string improvements, by correcting a slightly ‘flat’ or ‘sharp’ note, or go extreme and edit every separate string event. Moderate and sensible string improvements usually work best, correcting flat notes, quiet notes in a chord and timing errors etc.


Break-In Box & hands-free v-synth patch changing.  Armed with a your studio quality separate string recordings routed to your v-synth via the ‘break-in box’, you can begin hands-free v-synth patch changing. Without the tedious ‘play a bit…adjust a bit’ nag, it is possible to review hundreds of patch permutations in a short time. As where before with ‘play a bit…adjust a bit’, you might only reach 50 or so adjustments, and then settle on a poorly researched patch.


As a guitar player and breakout box designer, I am confident once you have experienced recording and playing separate strings, you will think twice about recording a guitar in mono or stereo again!


Bill Baxendale - May 2013










































The Future in recording guitar


UPDATE: 14.9.2016.

NEW 13-PIN PLUG & SOCKET PROTECTION

COVERS AVAILABLE

It is important to cover 13-Pin plugs and sockets when not in use. Failing to do so risks a build up of dust, dirt, grease and oxidation. User neglect is nearly always the main reason with cable failure, although v-synth 13-Pin socket failure is a more serious matter.

PDF GUIDE DOWNLOAD.  Make your own 13-Pin plug and socket covers using heat shrink.

13-Pin cable not in use      

   V-Guitar Forum Plug & Socket covers review.


UPDATE: 14.7.2016.

NEW GKP-2 BREAKOUT BOX.

The latest breakout box features tough 13-pin chassis sockets, a robust diecast case, and pin-7 normal guitar I/O. Previous active and passive breakout box units were mainly intended for studio use, and the new GKP-2 easily fits into any environment - stage or studio.   


UPDATE: 10.5.2016.

MINI BREAKOUT CABLE.

An extremely robust v-guitar breakout cable. Plug in a standard GK13-pin cable into the 13-pin line-socket, and you have pain-free access to recording and playing separate strings. Priced at £75.0GB, it is the most cost-effective separate strings re-amping solution available.


UPDATE: 9.7.2014.

USING A ROLAND GR-55 AS A SOUND MODULE.

A short preview movie with re-amping, re-guitar and

re-synth.  http://youtu.be/cldUfg6vkKM  

Minimum requirements:  Break-out / Break-in cable or  

Active / passive breakout box.


UPDATE: 12.5.2013.

SOUND ON SOUND MAGAZINE ARTICLE. Passive Breakout Box review by legendary studio equipment journalist Paul White.

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/may13/articles/tonesearc h-gk-breakout.htm


12.2.2013.

BREAKOUT V-GUITAR CABLE.

Seven twin-cores of OFC cable and each twin-core carries a separate string. Including a pin-7 mono guitar output. It’s a breakout box and a cable set in one!


10.1.2013.

GK 13-PIN OFC CABLE. IN REDESIGN.   

The maintainable GK studio cable. Boasting six oxygen-free copper cores with 100% shield coverage. Core resistance is around 1/3 of the Roland’s throw-away 13-pin cable.


1.1.2013.

CAKEBOX BREAKOUT BOX MKIV REDESIGN.

Discontinued.

A fully made re-amping breakout box in a CD cakebox. The passive unit is½ the price of the active breakout box, and it’s a risk-free entry into recording and playing separate strings.


30.4.2012.

YOUTUBE DEMO. SEPARATE GUITAR STRINGS

AND BINAURAL 3D. The ultimate separate strings demo. Extreme re-amping, re-guitar, effects, and individual string software editing. Not to mention a famous rock guitar tune.


10.7.2011.

ACTIVE BREAKOUT BOX. IN REDESIGN.

• -100dB signal-to-noise ratio separate string outputs.


• Line-level outputs = 0dBu.


• Fitted with swappable op-amp sockets. NE5532 dual op-amps are standard and LM4562NA & OPA2134 op-amps are state-of-the-art hi-end options.


• Separate string output distortion levels  or THD is vanishingly low @ 0.00676%.


• Hi-Quality separate battery power supply maximises

SNR levels and keeps mains noise to a minimum.

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