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Does anyone use MIDI Guitar 2 with the Firehawk FX

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Does anyone out there use their Firehawk FX pedal with an iPad app called MIDI Guitar 2?  It's an app that will allow your guitar (or in my case Harmonica) to sound like a horn using MIDI.  Since the FX doesn't have MIDI, I'm trying to find some kind of solution. Looking for some suggestions and/or routing solutions so feel free to chime in here :)  

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I've experimented with the MIDI Guitar app you describe. I was actually impressed at how well it worked. But, using the app really requires using an iOS Class Compliant Audio Interface. Integrating that into your overall guitar rig can be done but it takes some planning as to how to set it all up. I've been doing/pursuing the whole MIDI Guitar thing since the technology first started to hit the hardware scene back in the early 80s. I've owned just about every MIDI Guitar interface/pickup/etc...you name it and I probably owned it. The technology was never quite there over the past 30 years. The best hardware (IMHO) was the Axon MIDI Guitar System. The Axon wasn't perfect but it came real close.

 

Well, these days there is an absolute clear winner for the easiest setup, a removable pickup, and super-fast tracking of all strings (including the 5th and 6th strings). You need a Fishman TriplePlay...and the coolest thing is that there are NO CABLES - the unit uses a MIDI Transmitter and Receiver for WIRELESS MIDI. Go to Fishman's website, search the web for You Tube product videos, etc, etc. I have the TriplePlay installed on my PRS and it's by far the best MIDI pickup ever produced. And the interesting thing is that Fishman had the development engineer from Axon (whom had created the MIDI technology and algorithms used in the Axon) create the software/firmware that runs on the TriplePlay. The TriplePlay hardware is truly astounding. You can also Google Jennifer Batten, because she is endorsed by Fishman and was doing a product showcase tour for the TriplePlay. I believe her showcase tour is over but there are several videos posted online showing her demonstrating the product.

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Ahhhh...sorry about that. I was thinking you were wanting to use a harmonica sound, not an actual harmonica. Okay, I just looked at the available features in MIDI Guitar 2. What you would need to do is purchase the In-App feature: MIDI OUTPUTS ($19.99), which will allow you to send the apps MIDI output to third-party synths. It looks like this feature opens up the ability to send the apps MIDI output to a Virtual MIDI, Cable MIDI, and WIFI-MIDI). With that being the case, you would need to purchase an iOS Class Compliant Audio Interface, so you can send your harmonica signal into the audio interface and then into MIDI Guitar 2 (for the audio to MIDI conversion) and then make use of a Virtual MIDI output that routes to a sound/synth iOS app such as SampleTank or Korg iM1 (or any other iOS synth/sample app). Or, if your audio interface has a 5-PIN MIDI DIN Input and Output, you could route MIDI Guitar 2's MIDI OUTPUT to the 5-PIN MIDI DIN Output on the audio interface and then use a MIDI Cable to physically connect to an external sound module or external keyboard that has sounds and also has a 5-PIN DIN MIDI Input. 5-PIN DIN connections are appearing less and less on hardware and almost everything is going the way of a USB port. The cheapest Audio Interface that also has 5-PIN MIDI DIN ports is the Presonus AudioBox iTwo ($100). So good luck in your quest.

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