Under construction. Current FAQ taken from misadigital.com


Can you play open strings on the Tri-Bass?

Open strings are not possible on the Misa Tri-bass, and I don't understand why you would want to do that anyway.


Do you do custom models?

I don't have the resources to do custom models, sorry. (Unless you pay me... one MILLION dollars).


Can I send MIDI over USB?

Yes, if you use a MIDI-USB interface. I include one in the box of each Misa Tri-bass.

(One note about USB ports: USB ports are a great option for instruments that don't move much, like keyboards. But they are just not strong enough for use on a guitar-like instrument where the player is always shifting it around on his/her lap. Even in the seated position, a lot of stress can be placed on the USB plug accidentally. So outputting MIDI should always happen through the MIDI output port on the instrument. It is a stageworthy, tried and tested standard that has been around for 30 years. I include a MIDI-USB interface to give you the robustness of MIDI connection with the USB-ness of USB.)


What speakers sound good with the Tri-bass?

Remember: the Misa Tri-bass makes no sound. It controls other equipment that makes sounds. It isn't like an electric guitar that connects straight to an amp. Most people are using synthesizers that output rich sound across the entire spectrum of human hearing, so I would suggest any set of speakers that sound good to you when you listen to a CD.


I can get sound but I haven't been able to set parameters for each of the areas on the touchpad. Right now all 4 of them do the same thing. I'd like to have each of them do different things and perhaps trigger different instruments. But I'm not sure how to do that in Ableton 9.

Specifically you want to assign different MIDI channels to different synthesizers. The large pad on the Tri-bass outputs on MIDI channel 1, and the smaller pads output on MIDI channels 2, 3 and 4. When you add a synth to an Ableton MIDI track, the default setting is to have it listen on all MIDI channels. This is why all of the pads are doing the same thing. What you want to do, after you create the MIDI track, is restrict it to listen to only one channel. For example, if you have one particular synth and you only want it to play when the large pad is pressed, then you will set it to listen to MIDI channel 1. This video explains how to do this in Ableton 8: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5IS0vGnuCFU But I have checked and it's the same in Ableton 9. If there's something you can't see, let me know and I will check if it has moved in Ableton 9.


Can you tell me the latency of the Misa Tri-bass in milliseconds?

I don't have an exact milliseconds latency measurement, because I'd need to build an elaborate test jig to actually measure it. But music controllers with capacitive sensors cannot be judged based on latency alone. There are a lot of issues most people aren't aware of. First of all, the human ear is very good at compensating for latency. Secondly, when you touch a flat surface, the tactile feedback is very different to a push button (say, on an apc40) in that there is no discrete "on/off" point. This is further complicated by the fact that a capacitive sensor does not simply activate when it is touched; it activates when a certain capacitance threshold has been reached which depends on finger surface area (the amount that is pressed against the sensor) as well as the calibration of the system itself. I guess the point I'm trying to make here is latency has never been a problem. At least, no customer has ever complained to me about it and I myself have never considered it a problem. :)


Why did you discontinue the Misa Kitara?


The Misa Tri-bass is like the successor to the Misa Kitara. The original kitara was a bit like a "lost child" because it didn't have a well defined purpose or a strong focus. It was a bit of everything. Due to the software design, the workflow was convoluted. It was time consuming to set up and configure and basically required you to really know what you are doing in order to sound good. From a build perspective, it was not stage worthy - it lacked a battery and required a huge amount of concentration to play the neck. As a guitarist, it wasn't very comfortable to play. The Tri-bass solves all these problems. It is strongly focused on electro music and bringing the best out of the synthesizer. And it looks cooler. It's designed to integrate easily in to Ableton and just feels awesome to play. I find myself just jamming on it in a way I have never been able to do with any other MIDI style guitar before.