Launching in the UK this month, 'You Rock Guitar' is a digital guitar with three very special tricks. Firstly it's a game controller for the world's biggest music games. Secondly it's a digital guitar to bridge the gap between gaming and learning. And thirdly it's a MIDI/USB guitar, ideally designed for today’s digital music creators. YouTube channel here.
Game Mode: You Rock Guitar is a ‘proper’ stringed controller compatible with Guitar Hero and Rock Band. Its steel strings and full-size neck mean gamers finally get the performance and feeling of a real guitar. Two sets of colour-coded frets on the neck replicate the buttons on a standard gaming guitar, and the GameFlex cartridges work seamlessly with the leading gaming platforms (PS3, Wii, and Xbox 360).
You Rock Mode: Plug into any guitar amplifier, or into headphones, and the guitar's music loops let players go solo or strum along to pre-loaded seminal chord progressions that changed the world. Mistakes are impossible with the guitar's You Rock Mode – only the frets that work with chord progressions will sound – and playing a wrong note only triggers an error sound, just like the video games. Even better, You Rock Guitar never needs tuning.
MIDI Guitar Mode: You Rock Guitar plugs directly into the USB port on Macs and PCs for use with DAW software such as GarageBand, Reason, Logic, Cubase and Ableton Live. The guitar is powered by USB or batteries, making it the take anywhere song writing tool. The removable neck means it fits luggage racks and backpacks, while the onboard MIDI recorder captures your song anywhere, anytime. In addition to 99 preset guitar and synth sounds, players get 50 alternate and drop tuning presets along with 14 digital capos.
You Rock Guitar