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Aug 07 2018
  Mal-2
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Apparently the whole point of what I was trying to do has been missed. BJAM is NOT designed to emit ready, pre-packaged electric guitar sounds for your tracks. Rather, it is intended to replace an ACTUAL electric guitar, be run through the same plugins as an actual electric guitar, and produce many of the same possibilities as an actual electric guitar. First off, it really, really helps to know how to PLAY guitar if you want to use this plugin, because otherwise you'll be flailing around in the dark when trying to figure out what the various settings are actually DOING, and how they are used in live performance. I get the distinct impression most people attempting to use the plugin are not reading the documentation or following the recommendations for setting up audio inserts. If you just want something that takes care of all the details when you throw notes at it, this plugin is NOT FOR YOU, because it is not designed to do that and never will be designed to do that. It's MY tool which I have chosen to share with the world. I've explained quite thoroughly how it works, but I have assumed at least a passing familiarity with the playing techniques of guitar, which seems to be largely lacking among EDM producers. If you don't know how to play guitar, aren't interested in learning to play guitar, and don't want to run through an effects chain, then go grab a "solution in a box". Just don't complain to me when you get less than realistic results. Generating convincing impersonations of real, physical instruments requires knowing the capabilities and limitations of those instruments, up to and including grabbing a guitar and playing lines yourself to sanity check them. NOTE: While feature enhancements continue on my end, I have no intention of releasing any more updates when nobody seems to have a grasp of what's already in the plugin or how to use it.
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Aug 06 2018
  Existentia
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Honestly, this sounds like a couple of the old Casio keyboards I had in the 80s, and not much at all like a guitar. If you like that kind of sound, it's great for it, and has quite a few variations.
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Jul 18 2018
  Bernie
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This thing is awful.Don't waste your time
Mal-2
Jul 18 2018
I'm sorry you don't like it, but would you care to be more specific about why? Bear in mind that this instrument is built to receive input for everything it does -- every single pick noise, bent note, bit of vibrato, slur, or whatever realistic behavior you are looking for must be specified or it doesn't happen. This instrument is NOT optimized for merely having notes thrown at it, if you're expecting an instant electric guitar track. If you don't run inserts to manipulate and morph the output, then this will end up sounding like it is: a naked guitar with no distortion, coming through a DI box. If you just one-touch insta-guitar, stick with DSK Electric Guitarz because that's designed for the purpose and does it reasonably well. It's also designed to output a finished sound you can use directly. But if you want to change your articulation on the fly, throw in pick noises and fret swipes, provide your own virtual amp and effects, and otherwise explore the range of expression not available in simpler modeling synths, then you should give this a closer look because this is the use case the instrument is designed for. My case in point is https://mal-2.bandcamp.com/track/cloverleaf-guitar-part-only
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Jul 08 2018
  Mal-2
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BJAM Guitar 1.0 is finally grown up and ready to move out -- or at least she's ready to get a driver's license and a car. Since 0.7, a Sustain mode has been added, a out-of-tune sample has been corrected, and for the truly obsessive, single strings can be specified on their own MIDI channels. Sustain mode does what it says on the tin: after about 5 seconds, the note stops decaying and sustains indefinitely. This should sidestep issues relating to noise floor and extreme compression, because you no longer have to try to dig a -60dB signal out of -62dB noise. It's not a true fix, but it's the best I'm going to manage with the current hardware, and ALL guitars have background noise to contend with. Finally, the upper range has been limited to C#7 (note 109) to allow for future keyswitches, as you had to be a dog to hear anything useful up there anyhow. There's even a secret goodie: the documentation (which itself has been upgraded) links to the source files, if you wish to create your own fork of this instrument, or even if you just want to see how it works. Maize Sampler 2.2 or later is required, but the current demo version will load the file and even make new instruments out of it. You won't be able to control some variables (like the plugin name!), nor add new Groups with a demo version, but you can at least make modifications for your own use. Thanks for bearing with me through this -- counting up the hits on the demos, I can see that many people are taking an interest. Hopefully this will be the version that justifies your faith.
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Jul 04 2018
  Mal-2
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BJAM Guitar 0.7 is a major update. An additional VST effect is required to select between the 6-string and 12-string modes, but this is all explained (with multiple variations) in the documentation AND in the GUI itself. However, this freed up keyswitches, allowing me to add a Slap & Pop mode and move the harmonics keyswitches back down to the -2 octave where they belong. I still have one unassigned keyswitch, so if anyone has suggestions on a feature that can be attached to it, please post them.
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Jun 24 2018
  Mal-2
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For all those with "can't hear it" issues, I have added an explanation to the About file which will appear with the next version of the plugin, as follows: • You must choose a sample set (by keyswitch) and a master volume (by MIDI Control) at the beginning of your track, otherwise either or both may default to a state that either sounds very strange, or can't be heard at all.
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Jun 19 2018
  Anonymous
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thanx for your hard work and free delivering. Unfortunately I only hear the third guitar with jeskola buzz and sound a bit like a piano ?!
Mal-2
Jun 20 2018
I haven't used Jeskola Buzz since before he had to rewrite it due to losing the source code (so well over 10 years), so I can't help you there. I can't explain why it's not working properly. But there are times when the 12-string mode does sound like an (electric) piano, as do the harmonics in the 6-string modes, so that part may at least be working properly. The only thing I can think of is that the 12-string mode has some overlapping samples while the others do not. It could be that your system is somehow ignoring some of the VST's output? I'm totally at a loss here.
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