What is the Calibration?
The calibration is needed to map the sensor fingerboard to your specific instrument. It is done by correlating the data acquired from the sensor to the resulting pitch. It is a sort of tuning of the digital system.
At the end of this procedure, the system will collect enough data to allow you control virtual sounds in any DAW and get the same resulting pitch from the software as from your instrument.
NOTE: this is the most important part of the DigitAize Setup. You can repeat it at any moment from the DigitAize Connect Main Window “Calibrate” button.
We highly recommend to get accustomed to this procedure and repeating it once in a while. Especially if you not some incoherences in the digital translation.
Scan the Sensor
Place your instrument down and let the system scan your sensor. In this step the software will check if the sensor is correctly placed inside the unit.
If you cannot proceed, check if your sensor is fitted correctly and repeat the calibration.
2. Select your concert pitch
Please provide your concert pitch. You will be asked to tune the instrument at the given pitch in the next step.
You can change your concert pitch later inside the software.
3. Tune your instrument
Tune your instrument following the order suggested by the software.
When one string is in tune, the light appears green and you can proceed with the next one.
4. Calibration of the Sensor
The calibration procedure makes the sensor get accustomed to your instrument. The result of this procedure is, that the pitch you are fingering on your instrument coincides with the digital MIDI pitch that it triggers in any software.
It is the most delicate part of this procedure.
You will be asked to play with a smooth and continuous sound through each string, one at a time.
You should press the string with only one finger and make smooth slides through the whole length of the fingerboard.
4.1 Choose the calibration profile
Select the degree of precision of the calibration.
A standard calibration needs less playing accuracy.
A professional calibration has a higher accuracy of the data, but requires more time to calibrate.
You can repeat this procedure again at any time to get better values.
4.2 Calibrate each string separately
Follow the indication on which string needs to be calibrated. You may calibrate one at a time.
The graph shows you the status of the acquired data. Fill the gaps by moving up and down on the string, until complete.
There are 3 different calibration profiles you can choose from:
The basic calibration procedure acquires just a rough collection of data, based on a low sound input and projects it to the complete range.
It is probably a good way to start understand how the calibration procedure works. However, the data might be too imprecise. You might notice pitch deviations or a low accuracy when controlling digital sounds.
We recommend to use the standard calibration mode. You will need to play at least on 2 octaves of the instrument and the data will be precise enough to control synthesisers without any pitch deviation. In the very high register there might be more deviations.
The advanced calibration profile maps the complete range of the instrument. It might take longer to complete, especially in the very high register. Move slowly with the finger following the graphic indication until all gaps are filled.
This procedure results in a very high resolution of the fingerboard.