Like many guitar players, Iâ€™m totally obsessed with my instrument. But I canâ€™t help it if my eyes and ears wander when Iâ€™m in the presence of a sexy synthesizer â€” if only my guitar could make those sounds! The quest to connect a guitar to a synth has been going on for decades, and there are a number of solutions that work quite well. But now, Fishman has brought something new to the table: the TriplePlay, a wireless system that connects to your computer â€” so you donâ€™t have to buy a synth or sound module â€” and can drive any virtual instrument, soft synth, DAW, or notation program you choose.
The TriplePlay consists of a hexaphonic pickup (which generates a separate signal for each string), a guitar-mounted control box/transmitter, and a wireless receiver that connects to your computerâ€™s USB port â€” it looks exactly like a USB thumb drive. The TriplePlay comes with a wide variety of mounting hardware, making it compatible with just about any guitar, including steel-string acoustics and electrics with flat and carved tops and with most styles of bridge hardware. The system installs very easily. Iâ€™d estimate it took 10 minutes from cracking the seal on the box to plugging the receiver into the computer. A suite of software is included, comprising a version of Native Instruments Komplete, IK Multimedia SampleTank XT, PreSonus Studio One, Notion Progression, and more, so you have everything from software instruments to a DAW to a notation program. Youâ€™re good to go, right out of the box.
Not only does the TriplePlay install easily, itâ€™s a breeze to set up as well. The included TriplePlay application allows you to calibrate the pickup and to load and play virtual instruments. The system tracks extremely well. I didnâ€™t have to modify my technique at all. Fingerstyle, pick style, TriplePlay is happy with either. The tracking is fast and clean, with no delay.
If youâ€™re looking to get into synth guitar, then check out the Fishman TriplePlay. Itâ€™s affordable, easy to install and use, and it simply works. I love it!