The only mobile (backpack) friendly "guitar-like" accessory for your favorite Apple device featuring real frets- real strings – real expression. The patented finger sensing system sees you fingers and all of their fine nuances to guide the teaching experience, practice, create or perform, anywhere from a train, plane, automobile or the stage.
We are not out to replace the guitar. Our mission is to bring more guitar players in to the world and to provide existing guitarists with a new tool in their arsenal.
It teaches guitar through the bundled jamTutor system where you can see your finger positions on screen to help correct right from wrong while experiencing interactive "fun" exercises to learn and actually play. The skills you learn on the jamstik translate directly to the full sized guitar. It works with Garage Band and hundreds of other music based MIDI apps. If you already play, it goes anywhere, it can sound like any instrument, any guitar, any keyboard, any synth - it's unlimited.
The jamstik is currently available here on jamstik.com. We will expand late 2014 to retail stores. We currently ship to the United States, Canada, the UK & the EU. Those who wish to order a jamstik and live outside of these areas can sign up for a pre-order alert for the jamstik here. When the jamstik becomes available for purchase in your country we will send you an email to notify you where you can purchase.
While the Zivix apps (jamTutor and jamMix) are developed in cross-platform code, Android platform compatibility is driven by hardware and Android's prioritization of MIDI and audio. We love Android and our intent is to fully support Android devices with the same attention and detail we do for iOS, however the reality of devoting resources for developing on Android largely rests on the platform's ability to support audio and MIDI as a prioritized element of their core OS code.
As a MIDI device, jamstik will drive anything on Android as-is, connect it and go. The same for MIDI control in Windows - jamstik is agnostic in regards to platform on it's output.
At current, Windows support for the Zivix apps (jamTutor and jamMix) is also largely a product of hardware and OS limitations. We're working towards finding a Windows solution, but similar to the Android scenario outlined above it's a compromised affair.
All future updates regarding Android development will be posted here.
Currently we are working on solutions for left handed players, but it is a bit more complicated than just flipping strings. The strings of the jamstik are designed to sit in small cradles that allow the jamstik to detect the picking intent of the user. Through lots of testing, we feel it is optimal to create a specific left handed version of the jamstik that will require more time to develop after we have shipped the right handed version.
All future updates regarding left handed jamstik development will be posted on here.
Yes! The jamstik uses real guitar strings and frets, so the playing feel is very authentic. String bend and picking volume add to the realistic experience
The jamstik is designed to be a mobile device that pairs with other mobile devices such as the iPhone and iPad. As such, it is meant to be portable, and fit in a backpack. When learning guitar for the first time, it is important to get to know the chords that can be made in the first five frets. There are tens of thousands of songs that only use the first five frets. Moveable “bar chords” can be learned within the first five frets and later can be extended up the neck of a conventional guitar.
No, the jamstik includes a four directional D-Pad that serves as an electronic “capo” that can shift the note range up and down the guitar neck and into other octaves
The technology inside the jamstik makes the device 100% digital, does not need tuning, has very low latency and it’s form factor allows the jamstik to go anywhere. The jamstik does not make any sounds on its own, it utilizes the unlimited potential of your device and the app you are running. It sends out digital codes that tell another device such as an iPad what notes to play. This code follows the MIDI standard.
Absolutely, we encourage it 100%. We are confident that someone will create an app that we can’t even imagine. Our team has plans to create an SDK and be able to provide support to any serious app developer. Please contact email@example.com
Sometimes switch-based guitars refer to their system as using “sensors”, but these are used as switches. The jamstik uses analog sensors. This means that instead of being on and off, the jamstik can detect precise finger movement and detailed expression such as string bending and vibrato.
Zivix has multiple patents on a method to precisely detect the position of a fingertip. It uses a small amount of infrared light that makes a fingertip glow, and receptors can then read where the fingertip is, and track its movements.
The strings do not need to be tuned, and are just put under a realistic tension to simulate a guitar feel. The mechanical design is very durable and the strings do not flex as much as a normal guitar, so a string should not break under normal conditions. If one does break, it can be easily replaced.
A rechargeable lithium battery is included inside the jamstik. This can be recharged via the USB port. USB charging block power supplies, such as the Apple charging blocks compatible with iPad and iPhone.
Yes, MIDI is output on both the USB connector and by wireless WIFI. The WIFI signal that is received is put in the format of CORE-MIDI and is compatible with the wide variety of MIDI apps on iOS and PC devices.
No, the jamstik outputs MIDI format note codes. The receiving device translates these codes into sounds. In addition to standard guitar sounds, there is a large variety of other sounds available on PC and iOS devices.
No, special pick detectors are used to tell if a string has been picked. The intensity of how hard the string was picked is sent as a digital code. The jamstik is designed to be quiet when used, so the strings do not die down gradually in volume, but instead stop vibrating right away. A timer is used to keep the note active. This note-on time can be shorted by using the “palm-mute” switch that is located on the bottom of the jamstik.