The jamstik+ was built for wireless operation, and the native implementation in SONAR makes it possible for PC users to play the way we designed the jamstik+ to be played. Our team worked closely with the developers at Cakewalk on BLE MIDI implementation, so we can guarantee the experience gets the Zivix stamp of approval!
Lousy keyboardists, rejoice! Music notation, composition, and accompaniment is easy with the jamstik+ and SONAR. Enter in data wirelessly using the guitar skills that come most naturally to you.
Tracking MIDI with the jamstik+ in SONAR Platinum
With recent updates in the Windows 10 OS, SONAR’s DAW takes advantage of using Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy (BLE) to connect Bluetooth enabled MIDI devices. Now, almost all operating systems have this capability, so the performance is only going to get better from here, and more controllers will start “Roli” ‘ing in (haha). Check the specs on your PC (look for Bluetooth in Device Manager) to see if your PC is Bluetooth 4.0 compatible. If not, you can always try various BLE Dongles like this one by Asus.
Connecting is easy
Cakewalk explains— Microsoft has introduced a new API standard for using MIDI on Windows as part of the Universal Windows Platform architecture. With this comes many new advantages including Bluetooth MIDI support and Multi-Client access to MIDI ports. UWP MIDI provides a modern way to communicate with MIDI devices and can be extended to support newer MIDI protocols/interfaces.
To enable this in SONAR go to, Preferences | MIDI | Playback and Recording and set the MIDI driver mode to UWP
The team over at Cakewalk hooked us up with discount for jamstik+ users! Make sure to enter code 'ZIVIX10' at checkout in the Cakewalk shop for a 10% discount on SONAR Platinum, SONAR Professional, or SONAR Artist! (Code valid until 4/30/17)
If you're new to SONAR, check out this comparison chart to help choose the right version for you.
As always, we want to see what you're creating—make sure to tag your photos and videos on social media with #jamstik and #SONAR
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