Peavey have teamed up with Antares to bring you the AT-200, a
Regular readers will recall that we announced nearly a year ago that Antares was working on this technology – and I had a somewhat skeptical view of their approach back then. My views are so far unchanged by Peavey and Parker launching Auto-Tune Guitars at NAMM.
My position is this: A robotic guitar actually tunes your strings – Auto-Tune doesn’t, but gives you a digital output that sounds tuned while your strings continue to vibrate in dissonance. My conclusion is that experienced guitarists may use this for ‘effects’, but not for tuning – beginner guitarists on the other hand may enjoy the great sounds they get, but at the price of failing to learn about tuning and harmonics.
So here it is: if you are a beginner and don’t mind the ‘tax’ added by the DSP technology from Antares, then go ahead and have fun.
Peavey haven’t announced a price yet (they’ve only said it will be under US$500) – but they have said it won’t be available until July 2012. This delay in delivery, or what I’d prefer to call a some-what early announcement, indicates some desperation to me (perhaps they think this is a category killer product and are worried about Parker or another
Perhaps Peavey have also seen the problem in market segmentation and targeting that I outlined above, because in their press release and NAMM demo they stressed “intonation problems” (something beginners don’t understand) and the ability of the AT-200 to overcome them – that suggests to me even more that this is a
But I’ll be the first person to admit I’m wrong about the Peavey AT-200 if I see some good arguments to the contrary – so go ahead and post your ‘for’ or ‘against’ arguments below in the comments area.
The Tone King made the following video at Winter NAMM 2012 – decide for yourself and leave your opinions below:
If you want to read the official announcement about the AT-200 – you’ll find it on Peavey’s webiste.