- Video Guide
- Connecting your Jamstik
- Updating your Jamstik
- Tuning your Jamstik
- Jamstik Device Settings
- In-App Sounds
- In-App Sounds
Connecting your Jamstik
To use your Jamstik with MIDI apps on your iOS/Android device, make sure you connect in-app through the Bluetooth MIDI Devices Menu (found in Jamstik Control by tapping "Connect Jamstik") and not the Bluetooth menu in iOS/Android Settings. For more information, troubleshooting, and details on connecting over USB, visit the iOS Connection Guide or Android Connection Guide.
Updating your Jamstik
Once you connect your Jamstik to Jamstik Control, the app will check online for a firmware update. If there is an update available, it will pop up at the top of the page you are currently on in the app. We strongly recommend updating your Jamstik whenever possible for the best performance, compatibility, and features.
Updating over Bluetooth MIDI can take longer than other methods and you may wish to connect over USB with the steps in the iOS Connection Guide on iOS before updating or Update your Jamstik's Firmware on PC/Mac over USB.
Tuning your Jamstik
For a Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar, tuning can be done with any traditional guitar tuning method. You can also tune once connected through Bluetooth MIDI using the software tuner in the tuning tab. For more information on tuning and troubleshooting, visit Tuning: How to Tune the Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar.
Jamstik Device Settings
You can use Jamstik Control to change your Jamstik Studio's device settings such as sensitivity, tuning, MIDI settings, and more. You can also pin your frequently used settings to the top of the page in the Pinned Controls section.
It is important to match your Jamstik's MIDI settings to the software or hardware that is being controlled by the Jamstik's MIDI output. The most important settings to change or toggle will be MIDI Mode (some synthesizers will only accept Single Channel MIDI and many will not properly recognize MPE) and Pitch Bend Range (The most common values are +/-2 and +/-48. If Pitch Bend does not register or moves too quickly, try toggling between these values). More information on all Jamstik Device Settings can be found at Jamstik Studio MIDI Guitar Device Settings.
Jamstik Control contains a selection of oscillator-based sounds and presets from the Jamstik Creator desktop library. In future updates, we plan to add more sounds as well as the ability to play these sounds while the app is running in the background as well as simultaneously with other iOS audio.
You can also turn sounds off at the top of the Sounds tab. Doing this will allow background audio from other apps while in app so that you can use the Fretboard display or change settings without audio interruption. You may also want to turn sounds off if you are using Jamstik Control to change your Jamstik’s device settings over Bluetooth while using the Jamstik’s MIDI output on a separate computer or hardware synthesizer over USB or TRS-MIDI.
You can also use the Jamstik, once connected through Jamstik Control, to play sounds using MIDI in a large variety of free and paid iOS MIDI apps including Apple's Garageband on iOS or BandLab on Android.
In the overlay tab, you can toggle Scale and Chord overlays. These will show scale and chord positions for a large variety of simple to advanced scales and chords right on the in-app fretboard. You can customize the text that is shown as well as colors. You may want to use this feature for quick reference or even for learning and experimenting with new scale types.