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#350 Open E tuning

Posted jolemc on 20 March 2013 - 04:17 PM

I just picked up my AT-200 yesterday and absolutely love it now that I have learned a little about it. I was acrually just about to pay for another guitar I had my eye on since Christmas and while everthing was getting priced up a red gruitar caught my eye. 5 minutes later we were startring all over with the AT-200 instead of the Fender I was getting. Right now I'm not sure which software package mine came with, but one of the main reasons I wanted it was the ability to switch from standard tuning to open E. Those 2 tunings cover just about everything I can play now. The problem is I have no idea how to get the open E done. I have read lots and watched many videos with no success. One video says to have it tuned standard, then hold down the volume/tuning nob and play the 5th string 3rd fred. That didn't work. I guess I could have gotten directly to the point. How do I do the open E and do I need a software upgrade to do it????

#172 You got to be out of your mind $300??

Posted BJMcG on 05 February 2013 - 04:20 AM

No kidding- I'm still trying to catch my breath....

When I bought my AT200 I thought it was great that Peavey was offering this technology at  a price the average working man could afford, even if the guitar itself was, shall we say, modestly appointed.

It looks like Antares has decided instead to go for the doctor and lawyer market.

Frankly I was expecting the basic package to be free- certainly not anywhere remotely close to $99.

Hopefully they will at least give us a free download that will allow us to boost the output to a typical level.

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Posted guitarbuy on 13 February 2013 - 08:20 AM


#122 Fret Control!

Posted marco on 09 January 2013 - 08:48 PM

We thought we'd give everyone a heads up that we've just published a guide to our new Fret Control System for accessing all of the Software Feature Pack features using only the String Tune button and the guitar's fret board. You can check out all of the details here.

#1151 Dead low E string!

Posted bizjer on 20 February 2014 - 09:03 PM

Yes, I had this problem but it occurred on the G string. OK on passive but dead/non existent on AT feature. I just replaced the dead string. The new G string worked ok after that.

#99 MIDI recording

Posted tysims800 on 27 December 2012 - 05:03 PM

Will it be possible to record directly to MIDI with the breakout box?

#50 Creating Alternate Tunings With Special Fingerings

Posted marco on 19 November 2012 - 07:52 PM

As is documented in the Peavey AT-200 user manual, it is possible to create a variety of alternate tunings by pressing strings down on frets during the String Tune process. While this does produce alternate tunings, the new tunings are slightly flat.

How does this work? For purposes of explanation, let us assume your low E string is perfectly tuned. Hold down the string at fret two while performing a String Tune. The computer measures the string is one whole step sharp, and lowers its pitch accordingly. Now, when you play the open string, you get a D and you now have drop D tuning.

Not exactly. In fact when you press down behind the fret, and depending how hard you press, the computer sees the string is one whole step plus a few cents sharp. The computer can't tell the difference between a slightly out-of-tune string and the effect of this fingering error, so now, when you play the open string, you get a drop D tuning with the D slightly flat.

In most cases, the amount of flatness is inaudible during real-world playing, but will show up if measured by a very accurate (and properly calibrated) tuner. You can minimize or eliminate the effect in one of these ways:

• To minimize the flatness when creating an alternate tuning by special fingering, finger each note right on the appropriate fret and apply the minimum amount of finger pressure necessary to sound the desired note.

• Upgrade to one of the Software Feature Packs. Selecting any of the alternate tunings available in the feature packs will always result in perfectly tuned strings.

#306 Luthier Kit For Baritone Guitar

Posted GumbyAZ on 28 February 2013 - 02:23 PM

I have a baritone guitar that I would like to have a Luthier Kit installed .
Is this possible - I mean how does the Antares firmware know
that the default tuning is already dropped? This might apply to other
types of string instruments that don't conform to a standard tuning.

#303 luthier kit power

Posted biterope on 27 February 2013 - 06:51 PM

Will it be possible to power the luthier kit via a trs cable using an external power supply?

Also, any idea when they might be released?

#198 Open letter / post to Antares

Posted none on 07 February 2013 - 02:36 AM

Now that the feature packs are out and board reaction is universally negative at this point, I have some suggestions on how to fix things:

- Skip the feature packs and go a la carte. Especially for pickup modeling. I want the acoustic, p90, and tele sounds because I don't have guitars that match them. I might like the bass model since I could have a bass with perfect intonation. I don't want to pay $300 to get them, though.

Your current pricing model forces everyone to buy a pack to get the sounds they want, even if they don't want the other sounds. Let them buy them one by one. If you want to keep feature packs, make them available at a discounted rate vs buying all individual models.

- Make alternate tunings and virtual capos included in the purchase price or in a cheap upgrade.

You sell it on the videos as a feature, then when a customer gets to the site they realize they have to pay $199 to get a virtual capo more than a whole step up or down. Or $299 to get double drop D.  Either include them now as a reward for the early adopters who are taking a risk on new technology, or sell them all once for no more than $49. Hopefully no more $29. They're merely alternate tunings - people aren't going to feel the same way about them as they would for a pickup model - they know it's not the same degree of work required to make double drop D available as it is to model a P90 pickup.

- Put more model demos up online. Lots of them. Videos and soundcloud examples.

If I want to find out what a model sounds like now, I go to your model video and get a five second riff. Not really helpful - especially when you want me to pay $199 for the privilege. And I'm guessing it's non-refundable, too.

You don't need glitzy videos with the roland-esque "you can be a rockstar with our product" vibe. Skip the voiceovers, dramatic lighting and wind machines. Give me every electric model clean, with a little crunch, and overdriven. Keep the chorus and delay out of the equation - just the guitar, amp, and a little reverb.

- Hurry up with the floorboard model.

I had a guitar that looked a bit like the red AT-200. It was a very nice Hamer. But it was 1989. And it had a tremolo.

I don't want to buy a guitar I don't want to look at. I don't want to buy a guitar with unproven technology that I may have to send back. Shipping guitars for service is expensive and difficult. Shipping a floorboard for service is easy.

- Solicit feedback on your floorboard before you introduce it.

Find out what your customers want and need instead of telling them what they need. Maybe it's too late for the hardware side of things, but software could still be tweaked so it matches customer needs at the time of launch, instead of launching with incomplete features and clumsy implementations that turn people off.

I'm sure there are some people at antares wondering why everyone is complaining about the price when the AT200+feature packs are cheaper than a JTV or a roland ready strat, but you're not competing on the same ground yet. You have an unproven package that has experienced bugs at launch, packaged in a guitar with limited appeal, supported by videos that don't adequately explain the features and benefits of your technology. You also are going against the perception of guitarists that Antares / Autotune = T-Pain and untalented singers, or that Autotune for Guitar is a gimmick for people who are too stupid or too lazy to tune their guitars, when it's capable of much more than that.

#15 AutoTune OutaTune?

Posted Clansfolk on 04 November 2012 - 01:18 PM

I have been reading on another user site that purchasers of the AT-200 (and dealers) are reporting that test have show the AT200 autotune output is off to 440mhz? I was wondering what your take on this was?

I presume (if the reports are correct) that this would be a software glitch and easily corrected by a software update?

I would hate to have waited (and still waiting)  for so long only to have the product recalled :(

your comments would be gratefully received...



the software/tuning has one major flaw that I can't figure out. It is always flat. For example, if I bar the second fret I should be in D tuning, one step down from standard, right? Well, according to my tuner all strings are a little flat from that. They are perfectly in tune with each other, and all up and down the neck as advertised. But, if I am playing with a keyboardist/bassist/recording I need to be in perfect tune with them also, not just myself. So it's all kind of pointless.

OK well I did just check one of our at 200's dropped a step against a tuner (Boss, built into JS-10 E-band) and the auto tuned output measured quite flat... I dunno what to say. Ready for software Rev 1.1????

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#144 Sub Bass Tuning & Other Tuning Questions

Posted luca9583 on 28 January 2013 - 01:00 PM

-What is the lowest note you can tune to with this technology?

-In sub bass tuning, is the whole instrument's tuning shifted down or can individual strings only be shifted down?

-Are custom tunings available to expand on the guitar/bass split mode? For example, could you tune the lowest 3 string like the lowest 3 strings on a 5 string bass with a low B, but have standard guitar tuning on the top 3 strings?

#485 New and Cheaper Source for AT-200 MIDI "Y" Cable

Posted bamman on 05 May 2013 - 09:00 PM

Sweetwater now has an AT-200 compatible MIDI "Y" cable for $12.99.

From Our Research Team: MIDI I/O for Your AT-200!

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Peavey's AT-200 MIDI Update Cable lets you connect your AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar to your computer without the optional AT-200B Breakout Box. The AT-200 MIDI Update Cable is incredibly easy to use. One end features an 8-pin DIN connection that matches the data jack on your AT-200 Auto-Tune guitar. On the other end, there's a MIDI in and a MIDI out connection. Just hook these up to your standard MIDI interface, and you're good to go. Adding new features to your AT-200 guitar is super easy with a Peavey AT-200 MIDI Update Cable from Sweetwater.


To bad they didn't add a a third leg to the cable that's wired to the power and audio signal pins on the 8-pin MIDI side. Connect it to a quality 9v pedalboard-type power supply you probably already own and you'd have an inexpensive cable version of the breakout box.

#452 TRS cable

Posted boloulu on 17 April 2013 - 03:29 AM

Do not use a TRS cable with your AT-200 it shorts out the the module and auto-tune control knob.     It took Peavey 60 days to get a new module installed in my guitar. I did not want to return it to Sweetwater it was not their fault for the malfunction. The led light would not come on after I plugged in the TRS and that was even having new lithium batteries in it They weigh less and last longer. So I left my guitar at an authorized Peavey repair center. Most of these , in Portland Oregon, refused to work on this guitar as they only repair PA and amps.  A Peavey problem backing this product. So I get the guitar back today with a replaced module and DO not use a TRS cable and every thing works for an hour then the familiar sound of the tuning function fades out and the knob only responds sporadically. This product needs more testing before its sold to the public and Peavey needs to use higher quality pots unless they are supplied by Antares then Antares needs needs to upgrade. To have your product perform substandard due to using a $3 pot instead of an$8 one is not good for the company reputation and it may be part of the reason for the volume  drop when using the autotune.

#369 Low e doesnt work

Posted zeusdaddy on 26 March 2013 - 03:28 PM

I'm new to this so bear with me.  When guitar is "on"  my low E-string is can barely be heard. Works ok when using humbuckers.  Any ideas?

#28 Upgrade Questions

Posted none on 07 November 2012 - 06:03 PM

First question:

Will pickup models be available to purchase on an individual basis? There are five total models I'm interested, but to get the bass model, it looks like I have to buy the complete pack.

Second question:

Will these upgrades be transferable? I may be interested if I can buy the peavey at200 now since it's the only thing avaible, but in the future I'd rather have a guitar of my choosing with either the onboard gear or the floorboard. If I do that, I'd want to be able to transfer any models I've purchased over to my new main setup.

#17 Volume drop when using Auto Tune

Posted zzzang on 04 November 2012 - 05:03 PM

Apparently there is a huge volume drop when engaging the Auto tune on the At-200.
A user has posted some soundclips to demonstrate this.

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#123 NAMM show 2013

Posted JoaoBraga on 09 January 2013 - 11:02 PM

Can we expect any news at NAMM?

It's been said it is still too soon for the floor pedal but what about the luthier custom kits and the software feature packs?

#69 5 strings instead of 6?

Posted Pokemonroe on 02 December 2012 - 12:48 AM

Will it be possible with the upgrade packs and the luthier kits to have a 5 string instrument with a different standard tuning such as banjo tuning? Would it be possible to just mute the 6th string input, change the first string to a D note and the fifth string to a high G note for the default tuning?

#343 Reset AT-200

Posted Clansfolk on 18 March 2013 - 06:42 PM

in an earlier topic re AT-200 locking up and not autotuning the following advice was given:-

Here are a few steps to try:

1. Make sure that you are using "regular" non-rechargable as the voltage in a rechargeable battery is only 1.2 Volts instead of 1.5 Volts, which is in a regular AA battery.

2. Have the guitar turned off.

3. Pluck the A (A2) string and immediately turn the guitar on while the string is still ringing.

Your guitar should now work properly."

Can you give some more information on this re-setting procedure and if it is still usable under new o/s, also what effect (if any) it would have on the installed software (is it a "Soft" or "Hard" reset) - basically what can it do and when to apply it B)

Many thanks

♫ Pete