The body and neck of the tri-bass are fashioned from real wood
The body of the tri-bass is home to custom electronics, a user-replaceable battery that's said to be good for over three hours between charges, an externally-mounted volume knob, and a touch panel
The touch screen has been divided into four sections in standard mode, corresponding to different MIDI channels
The tri-bass doesn't make any sounds on its own, but requires cabled connection to MIDI synths or third party software running on a computer
The fingerboard consists of four rounded peaks running the length of the maple neck, with three rows of "fretted" capacitive touch controls inbetween
The new Misa Digital tri-bass
Early in 2010, Gizmag caught up with software engineer Michael Zarimis and learned a little about his new Misa Digital Guitar. Renamed the Kitara and launched at CES 2011, the instrument had a built-in synthesizer, a neck packed with low profile buttons, and a touchscreen in the body that combined to offer the player an impressive arsenal of futuristic sounds and effects. The Kitarist was also given precision control over numerous parameters, and could use the device as a MIDI controller. Despite being well received, Zarimis has now retired the digital guitar in favor of something he's calling the tri-bass. Despite its name, the new device has not been designed to lurk only in the lower frequencies. In fact, it doesn't make any sounds on its own, but requires cabled connection to MIDI synths or third party software running on a computer.
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