Patchworks has released version 1.3 of the Conductr Ableton Live controller app, which now includes CLAYDR, a smart & user friendly MIDI keyboard that makes sense on an iPad.
Until today, Conductr was best known as a live performing-oriented Ableton controller app. But the developers want to keep the app growing and expanding its possibilities as much as possible.
Now, Conductr gets into the production realm with the release of CLAYDR, a keyboard designed to improve every artist’s composition and performance with some unique features.
Claydr works as a MIDI keyboard that allows you to play with any instrument featured in Ableton Live. It will help you to transform your ideas into music, no matter how great or not so great your skills are: Claydr features an extremely versatile chord & scales generator and can even correct out of scale notes when linked to a MIDI hardware keyboard.
- 4 rows onscreen: each row can contain a different octave and can be edited independently.
- Each row’s settings include functions such as Add Note, Velocity (3 different modes), Spread, Random, Hold and Bend.
- More parameters can be controlled using the Claydr Shift Mode: Scale Selection (58 different options), Key mode and Chromatic mode.
The Conductr free basic version includes a one row and one scale only version of Claydr. Users can purchase Claydr Premium to get 4 rows onscreen and 58 scales. All previous Conductr Premium Full Pack owners will get Claydr’s complete version for free.
More information: Conductr
Mackie has announced the availability of Master Fader v3.0, a free controller app for all Mackie DL Series mixers (DL32R, DL1608, and DL806).
With massive upgrades built specifically for professional applications, Master Fader v3.0 not only offers the tools pros need for the all-new DL32R, it delivers huge benefits to any DL1608 or DL806 user.
“Master Fader is designed from the ground up for wireless mixing. It’s the most intuitive and easy-to-use live sound control app out there,” commented Ben Olswang, Mackie Senior Product Manager. “Now, with a fresh user interface that delivers faster workflow and a whole new toolset designed to meet the rigorous demands of professional live sound applications, Master Fader is better and more powerful than ever.”
Changes in Master Fader v3.0 features
- Support for the new Mackie DL32R.
- Upgraded user interface for faster workflow
- More information available at a glance for faster navigation.
- New navigation bar with instant access to overview, mixer and channel view.
- Improved current parameter display that reads more clearly and includes channel color.
- Better access to secondary views.
- Updated channel strips provides more channel information at a glance.
- Added Overview showing all input and output channels at once for fast, simple navigation.
- Added 4 subgroups with stereo linking and dedicated processing on each subgroup.
- Added 4 VCAs for professional control over groups of channels.
- Added digital trim on each input, providing additional input gain control when working wirelessly.
- Added Routing view providing complete channel routing in one place for inputs, groups and outputs.
- Added Custom Channel colors and Mix colors for visually differentiated channels, groups and outputs.
- Updated Selector area adds mute group and view group controls along with a new Masters selector. Together, these 4 selectors control what inputs and outputs are visible.
- Updated Shows view allows user to add a comment to each show. Added created/modified dates to each show for improved organization.
- Added flexible Record Output patching with record levels.
- Added digital Level and Delay control for headphone output.
- Updated Preset workflow with new location right at the channel.
- Added ability to export presets, shows and backups via Dropbox or email.
- Added ability to import presets, shows and backups from 3rd party apps supporting Open In…
Master Fader v3.0 is now available as a free download from the App Store. Master Fader 3.0 is compatible with Mackie My Fader v3.0 (available soon). It is not compatible with My Fader v2.0. Do not update to Master Fader 3.0 at this time if you still need My Fader 2.0 control.
More information: Mackie
Liine has announced the release of an Android version of its Lemur MIDI/OSC controller app.
Lemur, the professional MIDI and OSC controller app that doesn’t cut any corners, has evolved. Now easier to use than ever, more customisable and with more out-of-the-box functionality.
Any software or hardware that receives MIDI or OSC can be controlled by Lemur. Control DJ software, live electronic music performance software, studio production software (DAWs), VJ software, visual synthesis software, stage lighting and more.
Lemur for Android is available from Google Play for 21.99 EUR/$24.99 USD.
More information: Liine / Lemur
HyperSynth has released version 1.2 of XEditor, a freeware editor for advanced controlling over the Xenophone synthesizer in your DAW.
XEditor offers remote access to all synth engine parameters via MIDI messages (CC and NRPN). The GUI design is based on the hardware layout while keeping all the controls in a single-window system. Most of the knobs are equipped with helpful readout. Using this tool you can edit mod matrix and sequencer without any hassle.
Changes in XEditor v1.2
- Now program name will be updated in hardware instantly after using “rename”, “update_edit_buffer” and “XNP file load”.
- Added option for inc/dec program number 1 step.
- Added option for disabling the load of prg/bnk number from editor preset.
- Fixed program numbering issue which started from zero.
- Fixed Arp range problem.
- Fixed bug that caused update_edit_buffer malfunction in auto mode.
- Updated new porta modes: “legato Scaled, Always Scaled”.
- Updated new envelope trigger modes: “Analog2, #FootP”.
- Now standalone and VST version load the same MIDI-IN device.
XEditor is available to download for Windows (VST/Standalone).
More information: HyperSynth / XEditor
Alesis has announced that its new V and VI series USB/MIDI keyboard controllers are now available.
Alesis V Series are ideal for the hobbyist, software performer, or novice musician. Far from stripped down, each model includes several up-to-date premium features. Full-size, flat-front keys provide a confident, comfortable feel. Octave Up/Down buttons provide access to the entire note range, regardless of keyboard length. Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels—plus the sustain pedal input—lend an extra level of performance expression. The eight velocity-sensing drum/trigger pads are generously proportioned, and offer blue LED illumination. Each Alesis V Series model is also equipped with four assignable knobs and four assignable switches—also illuminated—that allow interactive software control.
Alesis VI Series models are equipped with full-size, flat-front keys. Semi-weighted for an authentic feel, these keys allow the performer to play with confidence—plus they respond to both velocity and aftertouch. Octave Up/Down buttons provide access to the entire note range, regardless of keyboard length. Pitch Bend and Modulation wheels lend an extra level of performance expression, and there is a sustain pedal input for piano-style control.
In keeping with their more professional-level performance capabilities, on the VI Series to the left of the keyboard—up front and of equal importance—are 16 highly-responsive drum/trigger pads equipped with color-keyed RGB LED illumination. Generously sized, these pads offer dynamic (velocity) sensitivity and a substantial, solid feel. These pads are ideal for playing drum sounds, firing samples, or triggering loops and grooves.
Both the V and VI Series come with comprehensive software packages that provide an important creative boost for the user. Both series includes the popular Ableton Live Lite, an interactive loop-based compositional and performance software program that makes effective use of the V and VI Series pads and controllers. Also included is the powerful Xpand!2 from Air Music Technology. Originally created as part of the Avid Pro Tools Creative Collection, Xpand!2 has been updated as a standalone software synthesizer capable of creating fantastic sounds, from natural instruments to intense electronic tones. An accompanying software editor opens the door to easily creating custom controller assignments. A single USB cable makes a convenient connection providing both power and two-way USB/MIDI link between the Alesis V and VI Series Controller and the user’s Mac or PC computer.
“The V Series controllers provide a powerful competitive performance edge for the modern music maker,” notes Alesis Director of Engineering, David Gill. “The emphasis on dynamic pads, illuminated controls, and full-size keys reflect our dedication to provide the most in-demand features to the entry and mid-level performer. Plus, the included software suite makes it uniquely easy to record, produce, and perform your music.”
Gill added, “Offering even greater flexibility and performance, the VI Series reflects the changing nature of software—and music making in general—from linear song composition to loop- and percussion–based construction and performance. We are very excited to deliver a controller that can satisfy the modern studio producer, the live performer, and the software composer, all in the same instrument.”
The controllers are now available for purchase at the following prices:
- V25 $79.99 USD.
- V49 $99.99 USD.
- V61 $149.99 USD.
- VI25 $169.99 USD.
- VI49 $199.99 USD.
- VI61 $249.99 USD.
More information: Alesis / V & VI Series
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