I used to bring my acoustic guitar wherever I traveled when I was a youngster. In the back of a van it has traveled to the Poconos, gotten on a ride to the Jersey Shore, and even flown to Disney World and the Grand Canyon. Yet bringing places with us was a hassle. The guitar is bulky and fragile. Even if I trusted the airline to take good care of the guitar (which, to be clear, I absolutely do not), it is prohibitively expensive to check something of that size and weight every single Martin is one of the companies most famous for its Backpacker guitar, which tried to address this problem over the years. You’ll have to use your electric guitar and a handful of pedals if you’ve always preferred an electric guitar. Jammy is supposed to be the one to help here. It comes apart and can easily fit in a carry-on or even a backpack, as it is a portable digital guitar with actual metal strings. Connect your headphones to it right away or connect a guitar amp to it as well. Additionally, it has a companion app that allows you to switch between acoustic and electric sounds, as well as Furthermore, digital equipment cannot go out of tune since it’s always in Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? To a large extent, yes.
As its name implies, Jammy provides built-in sounds for MIDI controllers. There are no guitar-style MIDI controllers widely available, but it’s not common to see one. This is for a very good reason You have to be very careful when doing them. A guitar has many moving parts, and the way that it is played makes it much harder to gather and translate into machine-friendly data than, for example, a keyboard. And it seems that Jammy ran into the same problems that other manufacturers have, from Roland to Casio.
It isn’t good enough for the kind of person who can’t leave their guitar at home to download Jammy and its kind. If you pick out a simple melody or strum a few open chords, you might not have too much trouble. You may rock the boat if you try to incorporate bends, slides, hammer-ons or pull-offs or play anything faster than, say, 120 bpm, but you can break it when you try to incorporate anything complicated. I sometimes struggle to pick the low E string because Jammy fails to detect my picking. In spite of registering an initial note, it sometimes abruptly cuts off, leaving nothing but the sound of uneasy silence. It was possible for me to improve the situation by changing the mute sensitivity settings in the settings. In part, this is caused by the lack of forgivingness of guitar-style MIDI controllers. You might ignore small errors in your playing on a real guitar, but when it is played on an electronic instrument, they become show stopping problems as notes fail to ring out or the wrong ones come through very clearly. Because Jammy just does not sound natural, this becomes even more of a problem. In short, it’s basically playing back samples, which creates this weird gated effect, especially with the electric guitar sounds. An audible hum is audible when notes are being played, but it immediately goes away once the notes stop ringing. The digital pitch-bending effect on a bent note is so harsh and unmusical that it has an almost comical effect. This results in the guitar sounding less like a real guitar and more like a robot from the ’90s trying to get a guitar sound.
In all seriousness, however, some of what Jammy has accomplished is actually quite impressive when looked at The fact that it can register hammer-ons, pull-offs, and bends at all is pretty impressive (even if it isn’t very reliable). In the event that you want to get your metal on, it can sense palm muting too. There is a low latency as well The note is played immediately upon plucking, with little to no delay at all. Jamstik has been brought up as having a problem recently, though I have not played one myself, so I am unable to confirm how serious it really However, no matter how impressive it is from a technological perspective, it is not actually fun You will make things worse by trying to use the app’s built-in effects mechanisms. They sound very eerie and chaotic. A rough start. Their appeal is cold and digital, but not in a way that is enjoyable. As far as distortion goes, it sounds thin and sounds more like a bit crusher than Boss Metal Zone, the graphics of which are influenced by. Jammy succeeds more or less in certain areas, but there are caveats to note.
A few things I love about Jammy are how light it is and how portable it is. It may take a little finagling to assemble the frame, but it’s not too hard to do. It weighs only three pounds when fully assembled and with a strap. neck, which measures 17 inches, is the largest part of the piece. In addition, even if you’re only playing the neck and bridge portions of it (which may be awkward to play), the package can fit in a backpack very easily. There are, however, some trade-offs when you are light and modular. I imagine children would pick up this guitar and feel like they were playing a toy guitar. Since the strings on the neck aren’t linked to your fingers, you lose some tactile feedback that’s useful for getting a feel for how a riff is shaping up. A MIDI controller that can be connected to a computer, Jammy also makes an excellent MIDI controller. The guitar is my best instrument, though I am becoming more comfortable with a pad controller. I like to pretend I know how to play a keyboard. Therefore, it is a great thing to be able to pick up Jammy, strum a few chords, and trigger some harmonically satisfying synth pads through Ableton Live. It should be noted that the same caveats apply to it as for a normal No matter how accurate and clean your playing is, tracking errors may still occur. You may not use the same flourishes as you would for the solo on your synth as you would for the guitar lead. As a result, you’re less likely to run into the same problems. It did occasionally happen that I would get a stuck note using Jammy as a MIDI controller with Ableton Live. When I played chords, one note would ring out and wouldn’t stop until I played it with my keyboard. This bug, however, seems to have been fixed by a recent firmware update. As for the app, it has mostly been Playing along with backing tracks (it shows you what scale you should solo in, too), a metronome and one-touch tuning when you want to switch from standard to open G or drop D are just some of the features it has to offer. Besides customizing your sound, you can also configure it here. As for the interface, it’s a little hard to manage, build, and choose your pedal presets effectively. You can play acoustic or electric guitars, or make a virtual pedal board. In addition, as I mentioned earlier, the music doesn’t sound all that
The firmware of my unit has been updated several times since this review was conducted, and each update has improved the overall performance Jammy is a musical curiosity that you can use to get your guitar fix on the road, but it really is not a practical solution for travelling musicians. Moreover, it is simply not realistic or reliable enough to satisfy the types of axe addicts who are going to want to pack their guitar in their carryon luggage. When it comes to jamming on the go, a Martin Backpacker guitar remains your best bet if you don’t mind staying unplugged. In addition, the $500 price tag makes Jammy too expensive for a beginner. It would be more prudent to invest in an entry-level electric or acoustic guitar from Epiphone or Fender. Although the concept is fantastic, the technology may not yet be available.