Originally Posted by logicalnoise
HMX didn't engineer the mustang Mad Catz did.
Actually, HMX did
engineer the Mustang and all of the rest of the RB3 branded instruments. On the back of both it and the keyboard it say "Designed by HMX, Manufactured by Mad Catz". In pretty much any consumer electronics product, the designers and manufacturers have to work hand in hand to tweak the design such that it can be manufactured with a high enough yield to make it profitable, but I'm certain that the HMX engineers had control there.
Originally Posted by WalksInDarkness
I never said HMX "Engineered" it. I was talking about an earlier post, showing the HMX Engineers gushing over the Guitar (like 12yo Girls at a Justin Beiber concert
I called BS on it, and that they were shilling it. Their optimism was laughable, either that or they don't know jack-squat about real guitar playing.
As an engineer, I still don't want believe that they're flat out lying about their impressions, even though I disagree with Sylvain's opinion at this point. For one thing there'd little point in terms of influencing the few people who listen to the HMX podcast.
I haven't spent the hundreds of hours playing with it that they have and I'll assess how I feel about it when I have
. I do doubt that I'll ever come to think that it feels "just like a guitar" or come to like it's weight. If they weren't going give it a fullsized body, they should have at least filled its body up with something (I should open it up--that might not be too hard to do
). I wish that I was a hardware guy--if I was I'd work on transplanting the guts of the Mustang into my dormant Peak Starpex fullsized wooden body PS3 guitar controller.
I've heard that HMX has a requirement for employment that candidates play an instrument. I'm sure that the hardware guy who said how much he was enjoying using the Mustang to learn guitar plays something else fluently, and that Dubrofsky probably plays guitar in a band (many HMX employees do and some of their recordings have been included in the game).
This morning I get an E-MU 5-DIN-MIDI-to-USB-MIDI interface cable and I'm going to check out how well the Mustang and keyboard work as MIDI controllers.