roland gk3b question and midi

Discussion in 'Effects [BG]' started by paz, Jun 19, 2005.

  1. paz

    paz Banned

    Jun 26, 2001
    Seaton, Devon, England
    okay im wanting to get into the midi side of effects, i want to get keyboard, piano, trumpet, saxaphone, drum etc. sounds to come out of my bass.
    ive researched about it and people talk about a midi convertor or something. is this what the gi 20 does, would i be able to plug into this then into something else to get the desired effects.
    im not really sure about all the tech side of things can anyone help
  2. David Wilson

    David Wilson Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

    Oct 14, 2002
    Lower Westchester, NY
    you need three parts to the chain to get midi sounds.

    a) Divided pickup - like you say, gk3b or equivalent
    b) Convertor - takes divided signal and converts pitch/velocity to midi
    c) Generator - sound module to generate synth sound from midi signal

    Sometimes b) and c) are combined in one unit, like the Axon 100SB and Roland GR20. The GI-20 does b) only
    While the sounds in the combined units are generally ok, you'll almost certainly get the best results buying a separate converter and sound module. It all depends on how much you're going to, how often you're going to do it, your budget etc...

    If you do a search in this and the pickups forum, you'll find lots of useful historical discussions. good luck!