MiGiC – Free Guitar To MIDI VST/AU Plugin By Migic Music

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Last updated on April 25th, 2016 at 05:56 pm

Migic Music has introduced a free beta version of MiGiC, a guitar to MIDI conversion software in VST/AU plugin format for 32-bit & 64-bit plugin hosts which operate on Windows and Mac OS X.

MiGiC is currently in early beta development stages (the beta version is completely free to download and use) and the finished version of the plugin will be released as a commercial product. However, there is a rather cool twist to that story. Beta testers who report any plugin performance issues and/or bugs to the developer via email will automatically receive a serial key to activate the full version of the software and they will also receive all future updates upon final release. How awesome is that?

The plugin listens to the output of your electric guitar and converts it to MIDI notes which can be used to trigger any virtual instrument in your DAW (or even a hardware instrument if you connect it to your computer with a MIDI cable). I still haven’t tested the plugin on my computer (can’t wait to give it a go, btw!), but I’ve seen online user reports claiming that the pitch recognition is very precise and that the latency ranges between 20 ms and 5 ms (which is quite impressive, actually). Overall, it seems that the developer is doing a great job with MiGiC and that plugin is quickly evolving into a rather capable audio to MIDI conversion tool.

Anyways, if the short description above didn’t interest you enough, take a look at the live demo video which is embedded below. The video provides a cool showcase of the plugin’s possibilities and it really goes to show how an electric guitar can be used as a more than capable MIDI controller (even for playing drums, whoa!). If you’re a beginner electronic musician who still doesn’t have a MIDI keyboard but has an old guitar laying around, then MiGiC is probably the perfect addition to your current plugin arsenal!

So, if you’re interested in using MiGiC in your setup, here are a few quick tips to take note of before you download and install the beta. The plugin outputs MIDI data, but you should insert it as an effect on an audio track in your host application. After inserting the plugin to your audio track, you’ll need to connect the MIDI output to a virtual instrument (keep in mind that some host applications actually don’t support this). Also, don’t forget that you can email your bug report to the developer and get the serial key for the final version of the plugin (as well as all future updates)!

Video Demo

Check out the MiGiC demo video:

Download

MiGiC is available for free download via Migic Music (1.17 MB download size, EXE installer, 32-bit & 64-bit VST/AU plugin format for Windows & Mac OS X).

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17 Comments

  1. I tried Jam Origin like a year ago, and well lets see if this one is better even its still beta

  2. I wonder if it works on microphone signals (Vocals) aswell? No spare time to try it out right now – hopefully soon.

  3. Hi Philip, First off thx for that generous share; i m on win 7 pro, and after i installed Migic it doesnt have the “setup” column like the pic at Your site and i cant get any signal out to any port, is it strictly for win 8.1?is there any workaround?Thank You

    • I’m running on OSX and having similar problems. The standalone version of Migic has the setup tab but I still can’t figure out how to get it to work either in standalone or in plug in. Which is a shame because this looks like a great program.

    • Hi David! (and Zach.)

      The standalone application is a few versions behind and therefore outdated. I have freezed the development of the standalone until the plugins are completed. Therefore I recommend running the plugins instead.

      I have reports of the plugins working all the way down to Win XP. The thing is that the setup panel is NOT needed anymore when using the plugins. Most probably you have problems with insufficient input-signal strength when you set the plugin on an audio track. (I have fixed this inconvenience in the upcoming Beta 4 — see http://www.bituosity.com).

      On Windows you will get a midi-out pin directly from the plugin. In OS X a new midi port is created instead of an output pin upon opening of the plugin.

      Best of luck! Feel free to drop me an email if you still have problems, I will try to answer as quick as I can but much time right now is dedicated to the development of the next beta which solves these issues!

      Best regards and thank you for your interest,
      /Philip

  4. Coud someone be so kind and tell me step by stem how to trigger instruments in Cubase by this plugin? Something went wrong – seems to be reacting (notes are displayed) but what is the next step ? My head is not working as expected today….

  5. hi! this is a great plugin…there’s just one problem…why it works only when i’m connected to internet?