Feature upgrades on the SmartGuitar and app suite makes the jamstik+ more versatile than ever and coincides with an expanded educational initiative
(MINNEAPOLIS – January 21, 2016) – Zivix, the technology company with a mission to make music accessible to everyone, today announced major upgrades to the award-winning jamstik+. By supporting the Android Marshmallow (M) OS (select handsets and tablets), the SmartGuitar is now compatible with the two most popular operating systems in the world, opening up new possibilities for current and future musicians. Coinciding with this new OS support are new features such as updated hammer-ons, string bend and tapping modes, delivering an even more exhilarating guitar playing experience.
Expanded teaching capabilities in the robust suite of apps make music learning more intuitive and engaging than ever before. Throughout 2016 players will have access to additional lessons, more arcade challenges and third party partner apps like the Musopia Four Chords Guitar Karaoke app for an engaging and immersive experience. Demos showcasing all of the latest enhancements will be at NAMM in Booth #4798 in Hall C. Zivix will also have special artists performances at the Zivix booth as well as the Hal Leonard Booth #5720 in Hall G.
“These new features, many requested by our engaged customers, make the jamstik+ for the learner or the creator, the most interesting and versatile SmartGuitar on the market,” said Ed Cannon, CEO, Zivix. “The jamstik+ guitar experience has never been more authentic or enjoyable, and offers unlimited creative opportunities.”
The jamstik+ SmartGuitar is the only product that uses infrared light-sensing technology that “see” finger placement and provides real-time feedback, speeding learning and curtailing mistakes before they become habits. It’s ultra-portable, lightweight and wirelessly connects via Bluetooth making it ideal to practice or create music anywhere. Featuring the ability to plug in headphones for quiet environments or connecting your favorite speakers, the jamstik+ can fit in any environment the player may find themselves in.
NAMM Performance Lineup
(Thursday 12:30 p.m., Hal Leonard Booth #5720 in Hall G) Greg Karas, guitarist and Doug Wayne, keyboardist from the Andy Grammer Band. The two will be showcasing how they use the Zivix products in live performances and benefits of mobility on the road.
(Friday 2:30 p.m., Hal Leonard Booth #5720 in Hall G) Aidan James, 14 year old professional singer-song writer with new album, “Echoes”on the iTunes Store. Aidan, who will be going on tour with the band Train next month, will be showcasing the jamstik+ featuring live looping of unique MIDI tones and instruments.
(Saturday 12:30 p.m., Zivix Booth #4798 in Hall C) Li-sa-X Lisa_X is a 11 year old prodigy guitarist with millions of video views and followers intrigued by her jaw dropping guitar techniques at such a young age. Lately, she loves using the jamstik+ as a creative tool to compliment her guitar compositions with new sounds and instruments.
For other performances and the latest schedule, please visit the jamstik Facebook page: www.facebook.com/JamStik
jamstik+ Educational “Just Play” Initiative
To combat a nearly 90% fall off rate for new guitar players, Zivix is working on expanding the educational initiatives focusing on more visibility within MI dealers, K-12 and supporting a variety of EDU trade shows. The goals are to showcase ease of use, accessibility and the ability to make learning fun, providing real results to get all new players over the initial hurdles. With the updated suite of apps from Zivix as well as a partnership with Four Chords –in which users can access 1,000’s of popular songs–players have more options than ever to play like their favorite musicians. With a number of pilot programs completed this past year, Zivix feels that 2016 will be the year the jamstik+ reaches an expanded number of classrooms in a big way with better apps, integration support, and a true focus on education.
Made In the USA
Zivix supports American manufacturing, and manufactures the jamstik+ in the United States.
The jamstik+ is currently shipping with an MSRP of $299.99 at jamstik.com and can be found at Amazon, Apple retail locations and Apple.com, also available at Brookstone and bestbuy.com, The Grommet and through Hal Leonard and their retail partners.