Last Updated: Aug. 15, 2019.
We’ve hinted in our last post that Tabophone has gotten some big upgrades since the first prototype. But what are those changes exactly? Its name is one of them: we’re happy to announce Brio as the successor to Tabophone.
It’s still the same note-tracking pickup that rests next to the guitar bridge. But we redesigned its appearance so that it looks great on your acoustic. The pickup will look right at home whether your guitar has a light grain, dark grain, sunburst or jet black finish. For lime green or hot pink coloured guitars…not so much.
Here’s a preview of how Brio looks:
How the pickup attaches to your guitar has also changed. Brio is equipped with microsuction material on its bottom that sticks on your guitar with a quick press. You can then peel Brio right off without damaging your guitar or leaving residue.
Many of you said that a wireless version would be perfect. We listened to you by adding Bluetooth MIDI support to Brio. Now you have the convenience of going wireless in addition to classic USB. Battery life lasts 3.5 hours in wireless mode and recharges in just 1.5 hours. You can still use Brio in USB mode while recharging.
Bluetooth MIDI means Brio works with mobile apps like Garageband out-of-the-box.
Brio comes with its own desktop app available on both OSX and Windows. The app allows you to configure Brio from a super user-friendly control panel. These settings are actually saved onto Brio itself so you don’t need to have the desktop app open all the time (unlike Tabophone). This is how the control panel section of the app looks at the moment.
These settings affect how Brio sends note information to the host computer/device. We’ll go over what each of them does.
Polyphony. Enables individual string tracking. If you are recording notation, you want this to be always on for fret positions to show up correctly.
Pitch Bend. Enables string bend tracking with ±2 half steps range. Notation software usually ignore this setting. If Polyphony is also enabled, string bends are tracked on individual strings.
Pitch Shift. Tell Brio to send notes a number of half steps lower or higher than played.
Dynamics. Loudness sensitivity from 0 (not sensitive) to 100 (most sensitive). When set to 0, Brio treats all notes to be played with same loudness. At 100, Brio can tell between very soft and very loud notes.
Tuning Mapping. When enabled, you can quickly capture notes in another tuning without having to actually retune your guitar.
How it works: Say your guitar is in standard tuning but you want try out a few measures in drop D. Set your ‘Actual Tuning’ and ‘Virtual Tuning’ as shown in the screenshot. Your notation software/audio workstation will now record as if you were tuned to drop D! Once you’re done, just disable Tuning Mapping to go back to standard. Alternate tunings are customizable.
Nope. We said Tabophone will be priced 199 USD or below for early adopters and we will stand by that with Brio.
We’ve prepared more updates up ahead. Our new website is under construction. Another video is also in the works. As always, you’ll always hear about it first on our newsletter. In the meantime, we hope you’ll learn a new chord/riff/song or two. Happy playing.