Zeta Music Systems' Synthony ll MIDI processor ($2,495) is a pitch-to-MIDI converter designed specifically for use with a Zeta MIDI-capable violin, viola, cello, or bass. You can adjust the converter's tracking to taste, and Zeta claims that tracking is nearly instantaneous.
The Synthony ll features an XG-compatible tone generator with 480 sounds. Each sound can be edited and stored in one of the 256 user locations. A built-in effects processor dishes up 11 different reverbs, 11 types of chorus, and 42 variation effects, including delay, flange, rotary, tremolo, and distortion. Up to three effects can be applied to a sound.
The single-rackspace unit has a built-in arpeggiator and a drum sequencer with a 32-note capacity. You get a total of 32 sequences for self-accompaniment. You can loop, change the sequence's tempo, and quantize. The Synthony ll can also be used as a multitimbral sound source with an external sequencer.
The synthesizer outputs are on a pair of unbalanced 11/44-inch jacks. You get two expression-pedal inputs, two footswitch jacks, and MIDI In, Out, and Thru. The unit has a footswitch, an 18-foot audio cable with a proprietary connector, and a power supply.