Antares ATG-1 - serious Variax competition

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  1. journo

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    Hi,

    At NAMM I was invited to a special demo of the Antares ATG-1. The demo was dome by none other than Larry Mitchell. I thought Antares was auto-tune only but that's not the case. The ATG-1 also has guitar modeling that is VERY serious competition to the Variax. Not as many guitar models but the ones they shows sounded better to my ears. And when I got to try it the dynamics felt better too. Also has a very authentic sounding jazz bass model. In addition to auto-tune you can simultaneously do alternate tuning with it. It will be very interesting to see how players and the market will react to this. Steve Vai is already on board with it. Check my upcoming NAMM report for pictures.

    In the end as a really fun bonus I got to jam with Larry Mitchell, fellow Swede Henrik from Antares and percussion player Monette Marino. It's a very humbling experience sitting in with these people who can, so totally, lock down a groove. It was one of the highlights of NAMM for me.

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
  2. Electric I

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    Looks pretty cool. Thanks for the heads-up.

    Any idea how it compares to the Boss GP-10 ?


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  3. journo

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    Hi,

    It's such a different product. But just comparing the guitar modeling I would say that, while not perfect, the Antares is ahead of the competitors.

    Having said that, the GP-10 is such a cool product.

    Cheers,

    Mats N
     
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    How much will it cost?
     
  5. Electric I

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    Thanks again, Mats.

    I have a GP-10 & am only starting to get into it. My gut tells me it'll take more than a few hours to get what I want out out of it, but that the potential is certainly there.
     
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    Not sure about the acoustic models on the Antares.

    Compare the following two videos:

    http://vimeo.com/117325470

    Then compare to this (goto mark 3 min 27 seconds):




    To my ears its not even close.

    The antares sounds like straight piezo outputs like my Godin outputs. Like an Ovation.
    The Variax could easily fool someone on a recording.

    I do hope the antares improves this aspect as i'm interested in getting it for its other features.
     
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  8. Unnecessary

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    so you need a guitar with a special pickup and giant floorboard to do what the variax does?
     
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    Indeed... Except the Antares adds "Autotune for guitar" which the Variax cannot do (yet)
     
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    I see, neither product is really for me, unless either starts supporting all 8 strings on my guitars. Autotune for guitar is not something I want.
     

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