We’re very pleased to report that Second Sound has been given an award by Corporate LiveWire for Innovation and Excellence in the Specialist Music Technology category in 2020.
We wouldn’t feel deserving of such a distinction were it not for the fact that we are constantly listening to customer feedback and improving our technology based on what we hear.
In particular, we are about to release an updated version of our pitch-tracking firmware which fixes an issue some guitarists have complained about. Namely, when an open string is plucked and allowed to decay to silence, the pitch can sometimes track to the second harmonic of the open string and then back to the fundamental. This is due to the fact that the fundamental component of the signal can sometimes disappear completely while a note is decaying! Well, it turns out we are able to detect when this is about to happen and we can force the pitch to stay on the fundamental even when it disappears.
Another improvement included in the upcoming firmware release improves the latency and pitch accuracy even when there are very short breaks between notes. This improvement was inspired by a bass recording submitted by one of our demo artists in which he played very quickly but accurately. We are confident that this improvement will help tracking accuracy and latency for all audio sources, not just bass guitar.
Our firmware developers are currently working on the code to implement these changes. We will inform you as soon as we have a schedule for the changes to be completed as well as let you know what you need to do to get a DACO160EVK with upgraded firmware.
Stay tuned for more!