I echo many of these sentiments. The multiple cables and adapters is a frustrating aspect of this device. USB mini or USB A anything honestly, but one “pro” of having an alternative power point is allowing the device to be in play with no concern of the battery dying during jams, long recording sessions, programming, tinkering, practice, etc. being a wall wart is not conducive to live performance or causal playing in most environments outside of studio or practice though.
The audio slave was the biggest oversight in the entire design. Violin mode with a speaker blasting directly into your ear? Um no thanks. At least give us a stereo option to select the left or right speaker in mono so we can use the bottom speaker in guitar mode and the top speaker in violin mode OR CHOOSE to use both. No bluetooth midi, no bluetooth audio, no ability to disable the I1 speakers override for use with bluetooth speakers on iPad or iPhone, and no wireless ecosystem integration really dated this brand new product, which is sort of disappointing.
The neck feel was not great either. It is very square and rigid instead of a smooth c shape. The fretboard would have felt much better as a smooth nylon as opposed to a sticky rubber that makes slides, vibrato and chording more difficult than it has to be. Too wide with the added plastic edges, although the fretboard width is pretty close to my classical guitars. No gradiated scale on frets or compound radius make it feel clunky, unnatural and annoying. Functionality of pressure control is decent. The accelerometer is not very noticeable in the stock app and has limited functionality by way of the stock programming.i haven’t tried to apply it to DAW or created custom scripts for it yet, however, I will be testing it extensively and posting up some options for other users. I’m only targeting Reason, Ableton, and Mixcraft at this time.
The community forums are dead. I see a lot if people selling these off, complaining about how hard it was to learn or lack of ease of use. I’m sort of disappointed in that. I think we could do better to learn from one another and teach each other, but I understand that some people lack the drive or time to do it. This should be booming, inspiring people, showing the devices off or something. I know lots of people have these, but Where are they? No one is showing how they use it?!?!?!? Whyyy?
The custom strap and case feel like a money grab. Cheaply made, overpriced, and exclusive proprietary stuff. Whack! No expandable app sound library is whack. The stock sounds are very campy and offer little customization. Sure I bought some other apps and have DAWs and plugins to fuck around with, but that’s not fair to people who don’t have access to an 8TB soundware library.
I agree with the comment about 1/4" jack. 1/8" jack adapts are far too sensitive to risk snapping off inside the unit. Headphone adapters are cheap enough to justify a stock 1/4" output for professional studio and professional headphones use. It really is just standard at this point. Power button and mode buttons are in bad places or just too easily depressed. Weak springs maybe? Idk
The visual feedback on battery power would be really nice. Less stress in professional environments. This isn’t marketed as a toy, but honestly many aspects make it feel like a cheaply made and overly priced toy. If you want guitars, violinists or pianists to take this seriously then build it well. A $460 guitar, violin or midi keyboard feels and plays like $460 value.
I think the concept is great, bu is execution is not so great in some areas.
There are many positives about this device as well. Hoping the company does not fall into obscurity as many other kickstarted companies have done in the past. Stay active, keep building, keep making neat inventions, and keep the conversation going.