Antares puts pitch correction underfoot
You may not know of Dr. Harold Hildebrand, but you'll almost certainly have heard the results of his sonic tinkering. Introduced in the late 1990s, Auto-Tune went on to make performers who can't hold a note into international sensations, but has also given new vocal expression to artists who could already belt out a good tune. In 2011, Antares announced that it was bringing its pitch correction technology to the electric guitar and we got to play in perfect tune with the AT-200 in 2013. Now the company is aiming for broader adoption with the introduction of the ATG-1 Floor Processor.
As with Peavey's AT-200, the ATG-1 features String Tune and Solid-Tune technologies. Strumming all six strings and engaging the former digitally scoops the guitar to pitch. Solid-Tune, meanwhile, constantly monitors the pitch of each string to deliver perfect intonation all along the fretboard.
Unlike the AT-200, ATG-1 users will need to install a divided pickup like Roland's GK-3 or own a guitar already packing such technology, such as a G-5 Strat, before they can take advantage of all that the unit has to offer. The hex pickup sends data captured from each string to the ATG-1 via the unit's 13-pin interface. The floor processor also has MIDI in, out and through, and left/right audio jacks.
In addition to keeping an instrument at standard EADGBE tuning, the ATG-1 also offers 13 alternate tunings, including Open E and DADGAD, tone modeling for switching between different classic guitar sounds, and each string can also be doubled up for a 12-string effect from a six-string axe. A virtual capo can raise or lower the instrument's pitch, there's onboard pitch shifting and an expression pedal for controlling volume output from the unit, real-time parameter changes and other tone tweaks.
Players can store up to 64 presets in the unit's memory for easy recall of favorite setups, and a two-line backlit LCD display helps users keep track of parameters and settings.
The ATG-1 Floor Processor is available now for US$699.
You can see a product overview in the video below.