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You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar

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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-1... Click To Read More About This Product

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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.

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

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.

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.


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  • Improved pickup design*
  • Removable pick-guard included.
  • Detachable 22 fret guitar neck for portability
  • Whammy bar
  • Modulation joystick
  • Bridge mute
  • Standard ΒΌ" 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)
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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*
  • 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

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(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)



By Colin Irwin

from Northridge CA

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

I use this in Logic and Ableton as a MIDI controller and the thing works great! It has always been difficult for me to compose with MIDI since I am not as proficient with keyboard as with guitar, but this bridges that gap. Also great for traveling, you can mess around with the internal sounds through headphones to practice and come up with some new licks! Tracking and sensitivity worked great for me, make sure to mess around with the string tension and some of the internal settings to fine tune it.

(8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)


Nice little powerful controller

By Christopher Rennau

from St. Louis, MO.

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

For those who are old enough to remember this just like the Suzuki xg1m from the 80's only much better. The internal sounds are quite good and the feel of the guitar is better than it looks in the pictures. Its actually quite well built and performs amazingly accurate. Some other reviews have complained about tracking and latency; however, this is an instrument that needs to be adjusted to each players individual touch. String sensativity, volume, etc. can be adjusted via software to respond to different peoples styles of playing. It tracks just as well as the Rolands with little or no latency. The strings on the fretboard are actually rubber strips and take a little getting used to; however it does not take long, they respond to the slightest touch. I use this to sequence the guitar parts in my workstation arrangements and it gives them a human feel. If your one who is still into sequencing I highly recomend this product be a part of your studio.

(6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)


I really wanted this to work

By Michael Scalisi

from Alameda, CA

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

Bottom line, this thing just isn't responsive enough. For slow arpeggiated things, I can mostly get it to work, but forget any sort of nuance. Tap mode is better, but there is still noticeable delay, and you loose any velocity control. When fingerpicking, you have to be fairly agressive in order for it to consistently track, but then you end up losing most of the velocity range. Overall, my experience was just frustrating, and makes me feel like I'm better off just working on improving my keyboard skills.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great MIDI Controller for the price

By Tony Covino

from Northridge California

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

I demo'd the YouRock MIDI Controller at my local GC and have to say you really get a big bang for the buck!! Minimal or no latency , USB capable , can be used as a Game Controller and best of all makes an excellent travel companion for when I am traveling and need to create new song ideas 2 Thumbs Up!! or 5 Stars ..... I highly recommend it

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome and flexible

By Bruce Cross

from Fort Smith AR

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

Great midi controller, chords come out clean, multiple tunings, adjustable with helpful web-site I have had other midi controllers like some Roland ones that were fun but the chords were muddy And the Yamaha and Fender gadgets had buttons I'm not much of a player YET, but I am inspired by the You tube videos and I see potential here

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


You Rock Guitar Gen 2

By Gene Scott

from Seattle, Washington

Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

I am relatively pleased with the YRG Gen 2. I bought it a month ago while I was on a trip to Dayton Ohio. I bought it to use as a MIDI controller with Cubase and Halion Sonic. I also figured out that the YRG is the cheapest way to get a travel guitar since the neck and the body come apart. If you are going to buy the YRG, you should not expect it to act like your traditional guitar or to be useful right out of the box. You are going to spend some time reading the manual and tweaking controls to get it to do what you want. You can go onto the YRG website and download the control panel. With the YRG connected to your computer, the control panel allows you adjust the controls much more easily than adjusting them on the guitar itself. Either way, control adjustments are burdensome. I don't see the YRG as ever being a performance instrument unless there is a way to customize presets that I haven't figured out yet. The YRG does not have real strings on the neck. This means that you can't do bends or vibrato like you do on a traditional guitar. There are ways to address this problem using the whammy bar which works as a pitch bend and by using another separate modulation control. On the positive side, since the neck consists of frets with sensors instead of applying pressure to strings, bar chords become much easier.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Great with vsti plugins

By Isaacthrash

from Austin, tx

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

    I use this to play virtual instruments. It takes time to get used to (as most midi guitars) if i play single note melodies with it, i set my vsti to monophonic mode and yrg to tap mode and works flawlessly. I still use my keyboard midi controller for holding pad and string chords and the yrg for melodies and arpeggios (as i am primarily a guitarist) .

    (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Not very good..

    By allen

    from Austin, TX

    Comments about You Rock Guitar 2nd Generation MIDI Guitar:

    Too much delay to be usable as a controller. My kid likes to play with the built in sounds. The built in interface is not very intuitive, could use some work there. If my kid didn't like to play with it (he uses it in the car with headphones on trips), I would probably return it. Maybe next version will be better.

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