8.11.2011

The Z5S Ztar w/ 'log' neck!!!

The Z5S shown here, with added TCA and Ribbon control, is $2095. The base model Z5S in satin black and/or graphite is $1595. Hands down, the Starr Labs Ztar Z5S is the most affordable yet professional MIDI guitar on the market today. Ultra-fast and accurate string trigger technology allows for precision playing and ultimate control of your synthesizers and DAW's.
The Starr Labs Z5S with added TCA touch pads and Ribbon controller.
Ztars are the most accurate & fastest string trigger based MIDI guitars on the market.
Multiple user programmable controllers and triggers. 
Starr Labs string triggers & TCA pads: fast, precise, accurate expressive!
The Z5S Ztar with logarithmic neck, TCA pads, and Ribbon controller.  For the professional MIDI guitarists in all of us!

8.03.2011

A great site for Ztarists!

Here is a fantastic site geared directly towards 'Ztarists': More Ztar. Enter and you will find a plethora of playing tips and tricks, concepts for composition, and a jukebox full of songs made with Ztars! Thanks a ton to Tapper Mike for this great resource!

7.26.2011

Ztar Z6S-XP's in Black & White...

The Starr Labs Ztar Z6S-XPA is the most professional MIDI Guitar controller/instrument in the world.

Today's Ztar has fastest, most accurate and precise string trigger system available on the market.

6 programmable pots, 6 touch sensitive programmable pads,  Ribbon, Joystick, Ableton Live fingerboard layouts and sysex templates, gives you ROBUST control over all aspects of your synthesizer, sampler, DAW!


7.14.2011

Starr Labs Ztar Z7S-XPA in Sound On Sound Magazine!

 Below you can read a great critical review of our Ztar Z7S-XPA from the wizards over at SoS. (All copy, text, photos, copyrights belong to SoS.)
 
Fed up with the vagaries of pitch‑to‑MIDI guitar, but don’t have time to learn to play a keyboard? The Ztar offers clean, keyboard‑like MIDI from an instrument that guitar players can relate to instantly. Could be just what you need...
Dave Lockwood
San Diego‑based Starr Labs (originally the Starr Switch Company, until 1996) have been making guitar‑like MIDI‑controller instruments since 1992, but somehow it has taken us until now to get our hands on one at Sound On Sound. Taking a radically different approach to the pitch‑to‑MIDI strategy adopted by most of the other pioneers in this field, founder Harvey Starr reasoned that, as MIDI is a key‑based protocol, it made most sense for MIDI guitarists to address it via a set of keys, but with those keys arranged in a pattern that corresponds to a guitar fingerboard. The solution came in the form of the iconic Starr key‑based ‘fretboard’ that has continued to grace the majority of the company’s models over the last 18 years since the Ztar came into being. The keys on a Starr Ztar neck are actually low‑profile, long, narrow buttons arranged in rows, to represent fret positions, and columns, to replicate strings. Pairing the pressure‑sensitive Starr fretboard with a set of triggers for the right hand results in a guitar‑like instrument that outputs clean MIDI with none of the delays and pitch detection errors that plague pitch‑to‑MIDI instruments.
Starr Labs’ instruments have always been customisable to a degree, with plenty of options and configurability available to purchasers. Early Ztar models generally had a bank of six elongated switches, or ‘Trigger Bars’, for the ‘picking’ hand, as well as a selection of larger pad surfaces suitable for drum triggering, but an option for right‑hand triggers based on six short lengths of real guitar string was soon made available. These are perhaps easier to adapt to, for most guitarists, and also allow notes to be ‘damped’ in a fairly intuitive way. The strings generate no pitch data (in the basic ‘guitar’ mode), merely note‑on timing, and velocity. In other modes, however, the strings can also be used to send chords, trigger sequences, or apply Continuous Control messages simultaneous with picking notes. You might, for example, want to be able to add modulation or crossfade between voices via velocity....
 
Read the full article/review here: SoS