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The YRG is a MIDI guitar for recording, composing, and creating Tablature via MIDI. It can also be used stand-alone with its internal sounds.This YRG...Read More

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The YRG is a MIDI guitar for recording, composing, and creating Tablature via MIDI. It can also be used stand-alone with its internal sounds.

This YRG marks the next evolution of the ever popular YRG-1000 by Inspired Instruments Inc., also known as YouRock Guitar. It is yet to be beat as the first fast tracking, no latency, affordable digital MIDI guitar on the market. The YRG's patented fingerboard technology and electronics have revolutionized the way a guitar player, other aspiring musician or DJ can create, record and play music.

The YRG connects to a host of mobile devices including the popular iPad to use with GarageBand. It also connects via USB to the MAC and PC. The YRG can be used with most recording and tablature software such as Logic, Reason and Ableton to name a few. Also compatible with Legacy MIDI synthesizer devices via its 5-pin MIDI connector.This versatile instrument never needs tuning and is backpack friendly. For beginners, or, if you enjoy games like Rocksmith and RockBand, the YRG is a perfect crossover instrument to real guitar playing.

Performance
New pickup system for improved reliability and consistency and firmware improvements to complement the new pickups.

Features
Firmware has been tweaked for a more musical experience. The new Layer and Zone structure allows two sets of sounds to be mapped on the fingerboard per user selection. Other new features: chorus effect, transposition, pan, zones can be stored per layer in the 99 presets.

Sounds
The onboard sounds are all new. Through a relationship with a professional sample house the built-in sound library is completely reworked to enhance the stand-alone capability of the YRG .

Case sold separately.

A MIDI guitar with plenty of uses and zero latency.

FEATURES
  • Hardware:
  • Improved pickup design*
  • Removable pick-guard included.
  • Detachable 22 fret guitar neck for portability
  • Whammy bar
  • Modulation joystick
  • Bridge mute
  • Standard ¼" guitar jack
  • Stereo mini headphone output
  • Stereo line-in for iPods and MP3 players
  • High speed USB/MIDI interface
  • MIDI output - 5-pin legacy connector
  • GameFlex port connects wirelessly to Wii and PS/3 (Gameflex cartridge sold separately)
  • Uses 4xAA batteries or USB power (sold separately)
  • Firmware:
  • Player Performance
  • Slides up and down the neck are easier and more consistent*
  • Adjustable open damping*
  • Adjustable crosstalk filter*
  • Monophonic mode (like a single voice synth)*
  • Tracking and playability/feel improvements*
  • MIDI Control
  • New MIDI controller mode supports DAW's like Ableton Live!*
  • User defined Joystick to MIDI controller mapping*
  • Body Switches to MIDI controller (on/off) mapping*
  • MIDI program change stored in presets
  • MIDI mono mode (one channel per string) supported
  • Standard MIDI class driver for compatibility with PC's, MACs, iPads. Works with most DAWS, Recording Software, Tablature software and sound modules
  • On-board Synth
  • 15 new professionally sampled guitar sounds: acoustics, electrics, basses*
  • 15 new professionally sampled synth sounds: piano, strings, pads, drums, synth leads*
  • 20 new on-board jamming and practice loops*
  • Velocity switching samples supported for future downloadable content (DLC)*
  • Stereo chorus effect built in*
  • Presets/Layers
  • 100 preloaded presets combining sounds, tunings and modes.
  • Customizable Layers can be mapped into used defined zones*
  • GUITAR layer and SYNTH layer can be assigned sounds, transposition, volume, pan, MIDI channel, zone*
  • You Rock Modes include, Major, Minor, Minor Pentatonic and Major Pentatonic scales*
  • Most common open tunings pre-programmed
  • User programmable open tunings
  • Never Needs Tuning and is always ready to play
  • MIDI program change stored in presets
  • One Shot recorder for on-the-go inspiration
  • Case sold separately

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You Rock Guitar2nd Generation MIDI Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (2)

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    (1)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (7)
  • Jamming (6)
  • Recording (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (4)

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Midi Controller

When using as a soft synth contoller through the midi out there is little to no latency and it tracks well. This isn't the answer to the midi guitar. However it will open up...Read complete review

When using as a soft synth contoller through the midi out there is little to no latency and it tracks well. This isn't the answer to the midi guitar. However it will open up a creativity that you probably have never experienced when controling synths. It does not take the place of a guitar. Check out the review in last months Electronic Muscian.

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Overpriced Toy

This is overpriced for what it is. It feels like a cheap toy. You CANNOT play this like a normal guitar. It would take a complete rewiring of my instincts to properly play...Read complete review

This is overpriced for what it is. It feels like a cheap toy. You CANNOT play this like a normal guitar. It would take a complete rewiring of my instincts to properly play this. Muting open strings is a huge pain (touch a metal strip on the bottom of the bridge with the palm of your hand). Plucking a string at the same time as hammering the fret will produce an annoying double-pluck. I never realized how important string muting control was when playing a real guitar until I tried this thing.

If you play guitar already, don't bother with this. The feel of it is all wrong. If you just want a cool controller for video games, then this thing is probably pretty cool. If you can't play piano and just want a quick and dirty way to enter notes into your sequencing app (which you'll have to clean up later), then this might work OK. If you're willing to majorly rewire how you play guitar, then maybe it is fine.

The picture shows this with that little black plastic piece above what would be the nut, but that piece is NOT included, leaving the end of the fret board just abruptly squared off. Also, MF sent me what was obviously a restock (I ordered new). If you order this, you might be getting the one I'm about to send back.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Impractical and unusable

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from Boston, MA

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Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

For a guitar player, this device is too finicky to be practical. One has to change guitar technique dramatically to avoid spurious triggering of unwanted notes or omission of desired notes. Forget about playing chords like on a guitar-one gets a mishmash of notes that are correct and incorrect. It seemed to work best with slow single note playing. I did spend time downloading software and tried to optimize responsiveness, but I gave up and am returning the instrument. Simply not ready for primetime.

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4.0

MIDI controller and more

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from NC

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • On-board tones not great

Best Uses

  • Electronic Music
  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Small Venues

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

So I got this *just* as a MIDI controller. I had zero expectations for any other function. It works well in that regard. Latency is better using the 5-pin into my MIDI interface than with the USB connection. I'd say its 95% accurate. I get phantom extra notes more often than lost notes, but easy to clean up in my DAW (I usually use Reason). It's certainly a lot better (for me) than using a keyboard for all my inputting/recording. For this function, more than worth the purchase price. The "strings" and "fretboard" felt pretty natural with little use. The lack of a headstock feels weird, and I understand now why users of the Gen1 requested it as a feature in Gen2.
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The on-board tones are samples. They're OK, not great. I wouldn't be likely to record anything using them, but sitting at home doodling around was a lot of fun and I admit to coming up with a couple riffs. You can layer one guitar sound (sample) with one synth sample simultaneously or just use one or the other. There are about 2 dozen of each sound. The company website offers a control panel app for Mac or PC so you can manage settings more easily, as well as keep the firmware and sample library up to date.
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There are more features in this unit that I am yet to explore, such as backing/jam tracks and some sort of scale/mode training. All in all, really happy with this unit and would recommend to anyone who dabbles in electronic music creation.

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5.0

More than a toy

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from Jacksonville, Fl

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Pros

  • Many Features

Cons

  • Fret Layout Funky

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Notation Input
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

This looks like a toy, but is much more. I've used it for input to guitar pro, jamming with the on board tracks, and practice in general. The frets are layed out strange, but they have a new one that is closer to an actual guitar. I ordered one from them.

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4.0

So far so good.

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from Mason, OH

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Triggering Synth Sounds
    • Writing Music With Softwa

    Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

    Reasonably priced, & just a moderate amount of hair pulling to figure things out. Setups not a breeze, but the software helps. Getting it to work flawlessly with a notation software is very tricky. I haven't found one yet that meets all my expectations. Currently using Progression, & hope they can create a fix for the shortcomings. Probably works better triggering synth software. Don't know, I'm happy with my Roland GR20 for that.

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    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great and expansive

    By 

    from the frontier

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

      I have owned Roland and other solutions, the YRG gen 2 is quick, no latency which means no lag.All of the other solutions that I can think of either have buttons or have lag due to analog to digital conversion issues, I think anyone who plugs this one into Ipad Garage Band will be hooked. chords through the sonus type gadgets sound muddy to me.

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      4.0

      Not a bad piece of gear

      By 

      from Arkansas

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Low Latency Low Price

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording

        Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

        I own a Roland Ready Fender Strat with a Roland GR-55 guitar synth that does not track as well as this YRG which costs a heck of a lot less. I use this with VST plugins in my DAW and sounds good. I also use it with Garage Band on my Ipad. The internal sounds are not very good in my opinion. Slides, hammerons and pulloffs and no string bending can be difficult depending on what instrument sound you are using. It is not the perfect solution but it is not bad for the money.

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        (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Tons of Fun (conditional) !!

        By 

        from South Carolina

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

            Almost sent the YRG back until I talked myself into getting IKM iRig MIDI connector and try out Sample Tank for iPad and WOW what an amazing difference that made. Now all of the notes on the neck played. I play on the tab mode and I don't have to pluck or strum the strings: it is simple and sounds better trying to emulate a piano or organ or strings.
            Terrible guitar, but you cant play a B3, Violin, or Brass Trio on a guitar. So I would recommend the YRG as long as you have the iRig MIDI connector and ST for iPad. USB to USB connection to the desktop computer is not as good, but have not used desktop since getting MIDI connector. Gotta get back to playing the YRG !!!

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            (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Mine works great.

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            from Northridge, CA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

                Have been using this as a MIDI instrument for over a year and have had no problems. People talking about latency must be using it improperly through PC, because I have never experienced any through my macbook.

                The instrument replicates a guitar well, but requires a little getting used to. I use this to translate my guitar knowledge into making electronic music and it works perfectly for that. VERY fun to map the whammy, knobs, and buttons to various parameters in DAWs...

                Also, great customer service through the company.

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                (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                More than a MIDI guitar

                By 

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Automatable
                • Good Feel
                • Great Customer Support
                • Portable
                • Solid Electronics
                • Versatile

                Cons

                • Small

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

                If you're looking for an affordable, solid and versatile midi controller you need to get this. Really awesome design. I usually plug into Logic or Reason and won't stop playing for hours. The neck is wide so you can hack out some pretty awesome chords and licks (almost feels like you're playing a mini Chapman stick). Super portable, neck is removable. The knobs and buttons are all automatable so endless possibilities with DAWs. Hardware synths are solid. It's a tad small, but the new YRG pro coming out should take care of that. Love these guitars, I have two and definitely will get whichever product they release in the future.

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                (8 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                A Fun Instrumentoy

                By 

                from California

                About Me Professional Musician

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play

                Cons

                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Recording

                Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

                As someone already said, this is not a guitar; it's a guitarr-like MIDI instrument that allows you to connect to a synth and play whatever sounds it offers using some of your guitar technique. No bending, no vibrato - on the fret there are no strings, just fretboard shaped to let you feel where your fingers are. Tapping is possible but you have to turni it on or off, and so on.
                But this instrument-toy can be used to practice scales or record neat synth-like parts and effects. If you get used to some latency, you might even be able to use it live.
                The feel is that of a cheap plastic toy because that's what it is, really - hollow plastic body with some electrinics inside. Its preset sounds are also cheap and amateurish, of very limited or no usability.
                All in all, it's a neat toy but for the real MIDI guitar without buying a whole pickup/converter, I'll try one of those SONUS MIDI converters.

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