Prototype Shown Above

The iTar is designed for musicians, guitar heroes, electronic artists, iPad junkies and hackers looking for a fun and powerful tool that is also extremely portable.  At it’s heart the device is a button-based guitar fretboard (Starr Labs patented fingerboard) integrated with a dock for the iPad which will transform the tablet into a 21st century musical instrument we call the iTar ™.


An application we are developing for the iPad will provide the iTar with virtual strings that will emulate the strumming action of a real guitar. The application will also allow users to create custom layouts of playing surfaces for the strumming hand. The iPad creates the ability to store an endless amount of virtual playing set-ups for the user. If you want strumming bars ( strings ) an X/Y control pad, 2 joysticks and 5 knobs, you can have it. If you want to trigger the fingerboard without strumming six strings, you can do that as well with a giant tapping surface on the iPad screen. The pairing of our fingerboard also allows users to have tactile control over other third party applications like synthesizers and samplers. It can also be used as a simple button matrix for use with other music applications.


Technically speaking the iTar will be made of a high impact plastic that will withstand the bumps and bangs of it’s portable nature and due to it’s modular design, will break down easily for travel and storage. The fingerboard will be USB 2.0 bus powered via the iPad itself so there will be no need for batteries or clumsy wall warts. The fingerboard is six strings wide and 24 frets long and every note is touch-sensitive.


An external MIDI connector, extended-life battery, and high quality speakers are planned options.

Available - Fall 2014