james wrote:You've probably read these FAQs, but just in case here's the link: http://www.sonuus.com/products_i2m_mp_faq.html
To get familiar with playing MIDI, it's best to find an instrument sound that has similar characteristics to a guitar. So, you want: fast attack, fast release, and single notes (so no chord pads, or double-stopped notes, etc). Doing this you get something that will respond quickly to the MIDI from your guitar and in many ways will feel similar to a guitar when you play it. It doesn't matter if it's a patch that sounds "good" you just want something to practice with.
Once you get used to playing with this and you can control it how you want to, start looking at other sounds. Strange sounds can be very disconcerting at times and it's easy to get confused how to get the best from them. Once you are happy with playing MIDI, strange sounds become more fun than hindrance.
james wrote:Can you check the i2M configuration using the i2M editor? Is it possible that some MIDI zones have been set up that is outputting more than one MIDI note at a time?
If required, you can reset the i2M to factory settings using the editor: go to the "setup" page and select "reset to factory settings" under the "manage" section. You will of course loose any settings you have doing this. If you want to keep these in case you want them again, you can save them to a file before doing a reset by selecting "Save All" in the editor (on the bottom).
Another thing to try is the "latency test mode", which is below the above mentioned reset option in the editor. This will cause the i2M to output a single note periodically, you can check that the VSTis are doing what you think they should be doing: i.e., sounding one note repeatedly.
james wrote:Are you using chromatic mode, or pitch-bend mode on the i2M?
In chromatic mode, it can sometimes get the note wrong by a semitone initially, then correct this very quickly by sending a new note. So you get two notes played next to each other. This may be what's happening. This is usually easy to fix, and is caused by slightly off tuning or intonation on the guitar/bass. The reason it happens is that the original note is close to mid-way between two notes so when it converts to MIDI it can't always get the note correct first-time.
In pitch-bend mode, the same can happen, but the note is corrected by a pitch-bend instead of a new note, so in most cases you won't hear it (depending on the MIDI patch). Do the VSTis you are using respond to pitch bend? If so, are they set to have the same pitch-bend range as is set on the i2M? If that's wrong it will throw out the tuning on the synth very badly.
james wrote:I've not compared heavier strings versus lighter strings with regard to pitch-change on attack. However, with heavier strings it gets harder to damp them to ensure only one string is playing at a time, so in many ways lighter strings are better since they are easier to control.
Usually, with pitch-bend mode enabled, the deviations when a string is struck is handled by using pitch-bend to bring the note back to correct pitch.
Other things that can help: play closer to the neck, rather than the bridge as this excites the fundamental more easily. Also, different picks can give better/worse results. Sometimes softer picks can work better than harder picks. It may be worth experimenting.
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