First of all, I am still waiting for the arrival of my Instrument 1 (it's back order everywhere!), and I've been just reading the manuals and forum online, so whatever I say below may be doable already.
Anyway, from what I understand, there's a huge gap between the current "Smart Strum" and the standard playing modes. Smart Strum is basically the Pad mode, and we get 12 big pads, each assigned to a pre-defined chord. Jumping from that to the standard playing modes (fretted or not) means from single finger triggering a chord to a full chord fingering.
But, it's year 2020, and Instrument 1 is supposed to be revolutionary product. Instead of recognizing a chord based on a pressed note, couldn't it recognize a chord by a fingering pattern? 2 to 3 two-finger patterns down the neck could give a player tens of chords to be played on all 6 strings!
To be honest, it's not an entirely impossible task. Since the notes can all be changed in the fretted mode, it's possible to remap the notes so that commonly used chords can be achieved easily with 2 to 3 fingers, but the open strings will have to be remained the same within the same tuning.
Since I can program, I have thought about writing a MIDI filter to remap the notes, but then I realized that in fretted mode, the notes pressed on the strings are probably not sent through MIDI (correct me if I am wrong).
Can't wait to actually try it ...
I missed the ks but I was lucky to pick one up on ebay a few month ago and I LOVE the fretted strum mode. being able to pick up new songs and getting to focus on learning the progression instead of learning chords is amazing. the point of the fretted strum to mode is to keep it simple though and I think mini-chords may be missing that goal. if you are ready for chords just take the plunge and set it to guitar. ;)
that said ... needing to find the correct scale for a song and possibly needing to adjust capo mid song or even program a custom scale to deal with incidentals can be frustrating. what I've been thinking is that the strings could be split sort of like is available in piano mode. I would like to see a mode where the first three strings fretted minor chords and the other three strings fretted major chords. it could then be set to a chromatic scale and be able to play any basic progression without having to reprogram it or mess with the capo mid-song. for bonus points I would make which string the split was on adjustable rather than just split in the middle like I suggested or just split at the 1st string like the piano has now.
Hey, I just think up of a simple yet totally workable way to increase the Smart Strum's chord choices from 12 to 24 or more.
The Instrument 1 is a "guitar" like instrument, all I need is a "effect pedal"! For example, press the C Chord, step on the pedal, a MIDI filter will treat every note play as a C#. It will retain all the features of the Smart Strum, but 12 Chords become 24. Add another pedal, I get 36! And, the pedal doesn't even have to be anything fancy, all it needs is on/off.
Now, I really can't wait ... it will be my pet project for the coming months :-D