The Fretsense™ technology built into Industrial Radio guitars and basses takes stringed MIDI controllers to the next level by providing a real alternative to run-of-the-mill pitch-to-voltage MIDI detection.

Unlike your standard pitch-to-voltage MIDI systems, which only utilise audio signals to determine all aspects of a MIDI performance, the Fretsense system employs an array of sensor technologies built into the instrument to more quickly and reliably determine pitch, triggers and velocity.

The Fretsense system takes its name from probably the most notable sensory system, ie. the wired frets. The key to fast pitch detection on Fretsense instruments is the wired neck where every fret is connected to the fret beside it along a number of channels, ie. one per string. The Fretsense technology immediately detects the position of any fret/note that is being held by measuring the conductivity between the metal frets and metal strings.

Other than the Fretsense neck the system also has other sensors including the pitch-bend sensors in the bridge and piezo pickup bridge saddles (used for trigger detection) and the optional RadioPick accessory that offers an alternative approach to MIDI triggering.

By utilising these independent, function-specific sensors in tandem it is possible to achieve a much more consistent, relaible and lower latency MIDI performance.

Fretsense Features

  • Sophisticated multi-sensor MIDI system built into instrument with fret-sensing neck, pitch bend sensors and dynamics sensors for industry-leading guitar-to-MIDI conversion
  • Provides unparalleled, low latency MIDI tracking
  • Latency is consistent across full range of instrument from high notes to low notes
  • Playing techniques translate reliably to MIDI - bend, slide, slap, pop and tap notes
  • Includes several advanced, configurable options to tailor responsiveness of instrument to individual's playing technique
  • Works both monophonically and polyphonically
  • Legato mode
  • Includes numerous MIDI SEND modes to ensure compatibility and optimum performance with virtually all synths both old and new
  • Full dynamics like on a keyboard
  • 40 programmable performance presets
  • Intuitive user interface with on-board display - control instrument settings direct on the instrument from the fingerboard (bass only)
  • Switch sounds instantly on fingerboard
  • Updatable operating system for future refinements and expansion
  • Single Fretsense cable for MIDI, audio and power eliminates need for multiple cables coming out of instrument
  • Footswitch input on FSI-1 Fretsense Interface for sustain/modulation/freeze foot pedal functions
  • Comprehensive MIDI IN capabilities for added control when used with MIDI foot controller
  • Pitch bend can be sent via aftertouch
  • Transpose MIDI pitch +/-3 Octaves and +/-12 semitones
  • Ability to program custom MIDI "play zones" on fingerboard