Livid and Liine have announced the Hybrid Control Contest, a chance to win a hybrid setup.
Liine’s Grid and Livid Instruments’ Code join hands with Hybrid Control for Ableton Live.
Livid and Liine have teamed up to create truly unique Ableton Live control experience. Griid and Code can now be linked as a single controller. This hybrid concept is an innovative combination of multitouch and hardware.
Liine have often stated that the ultimate control setup involves both hardware and multitouch. They’ve put this approach into practice when building custom solutions for artists such as Orbital, Plastikman or Avril Lavigne’s keyboardist Steve Ferlazzo. And now, if you are a Griid and Livid Code owner, you can experience the power of hybrid control yourself.
Hybrid Control features
Four modes for Code: Mixer, EQ, Devices (x2).
Code track selection from Griid.
Griid navigation synced in Code.
Revised scripts for Ableton Live.
Hybrid Control is included with Griid (as of version 1.14.6).
Experience controlling with multitouch & hardware with a one-of-a-kind Hybrid Control setup.
Until July 5th, 2012, you can enter the Hybrid Control contest for a chance to win a one-of-kind hybrid setup including an iPad with Griid Pro and the Livid Code in a custom case.
Livid Instruments has introduced the CNTRL:R, a contemporary MIDI performance instrument for creative music production.
Housed in a lightweight aluminum body, this controller is ideal for live performance and studio production. Create rhythms, sequence and perform drums, launch clips, mix tracks, and have complete control over your performance with CNTRL:R’s advanced set of features. High quality faders, push button encoders, rotary knobs, expression pedal inputs, and keypads backed with RGB lights give you all the controls you need for an interactive performance. With scripts available for Ableton Live and NI Traktor, the CNTRL:R meets the needs of anyone looking to perform electronic music. CNTRL:R is designed and hand crafted in Austin, TX.
CNTRL:R was designed over a one and a half year period with electronic music pioneer Richie Hawtin and the artists on m_nus records. The controller is designed to provide a high quality controller sized small enough to fit into a backpack, but large enough for extensive hands-on control. The instrument has all of the essential controls for music creation and can be adapted to many different software and styles. The “sequencer” section of the controller can be set to create sequences and grooves, or control cue points and triggers. The central 4×4 keypad can launch clips, play drums, and control functions. The fader and knobs are ideal for channel strip controls, device control, EQ, and effects. The CNTRL:R is totally programmable and adaptable to any software that supports MIDI.
Design – Designed in collaboration electronic music pioneer Richie Hawtin.
Controls – Faders, knobs, encoders, multicolor keypads and expansion jacks.
Quality Construction – High quality aluminum construction with only the best components.
Adaptable – Completely programmable and adaptable. Works with any software that supports MIDI.
Portable – The slim design lets you fit it into a backpack.
Perform – Designed for total hands on performance.
The CNTRL:R is available to pre-order for $699 USD. Shipping starts February 2012.
Livid Instruments has released the OhmRGB, an adaptable MIDI control surface.
The OhmRGB is a totally customizable, interactive MIDI instrument, designed to give you hands-on control for your performance. High-quality sliders, knobs buttons, expansion jacks, and multicolor LEDs provide the interface for creative expression, whether you’re mixing samples and synths or DJ’ing a cutting-edge set. Constructed with anodized aluminum and hand-finished wood, the quality is felt down to your fingertips.
Adaptable – The OhmRGB has scripts for many major audio, video, and lighting software titles like Ableton Live and Traktor, plus a growing community of open source apps that turn the OhmRGB into a digital instrument.
USB Powered and Plug and Play – The OhmRGB is completely plug and play and USB powered. No drivers, no wall wart: it works with a single USB cable.
Multicolor LEDs – Every button is programmable with seven colors available to create custom maps and settings.
Expansion Jacks – The OhmRGB has expansion jacks for added adaptability, flexibility, and control.
Customizable – All of the assignments presets, and LED colors on the Ohm 64 RGB can be changed, remapped, and saved using the OhmRGB Editor software.
High Quality Build – Livid Instruments controllers are built by hand (with the help of a few robots) from fine woods and metal in Livid’s Austin, Texas shop.
Community – The same people that make the instruments are there to service support your controllers. Livid’s active community of users are helping grow the library of software and tools.
The OhmRGB will ship July 25th, 2011. It is available to pre-order now for $699 USD (regular $749 USD).
Livid Instruments has announced the addition of expansion jacks to Block, a compact and programmable MIDI control surface.
All block controllers now come with our expansion module for added adaptability, flexibility and control. Two ¼” jacks allow you to connect Roland-style foot pedals and single analog controls. Put your feet in the mix for additional controls, or experiment adding different sensors and switches.
If that’s not enough, you can add up to eight more analog controls with the pin header connection. This provides a direct link into the block’s Brain so you can experiment with touch controls, sensors, accelerometers, faders, rotary knobs, and more.
Of course, our Builder series BYOB boards can be easily integrated for a totally customized and modular setup.
Parallelogram has announced its mlrv 2.0 a hypersampling instrument for grid-based music controllers like the monome, livid ohm/block, novation launchpad, and akai apc/mpd.
the software allows a sound file or live recording to be mapped across each row (or grid cell) and assigned a triggering behavior. within this simple set of constraints and a complete MIDI + OSC remote control system, the performer of electronic music can be freed from the laptop, and at the very least appear to be doing something interesting. mlrv is an refactoring of brian crabtree’s original mlr, extended by trent gill (galapagoose) and michael felix (%) of /parallelogram/
mlrv 2.0 is open source software. It will be available to download at no cost on 1 February, 2011. Two additional licenses are available to purchase as well: +supporter at $18 USD, +benefactor for $80 USD.
+supporters and +benefactors get their names displayed on the loading screen.
+benefactors get the added bonus of having their names shown in huge text.
+benefactors also receive a limited edition galapagoose + % collabo 7″ vinyl record.
polynome5000, amazing DIY controller by Colin Mann
Colin Mann on his polynome 5000 controller:
After more hours than I’d like to admit, even if I actually knew how many, I’m done. I started this, believe it or not, before the APC40 was even announced, and at the time there weren’t many products out there like it. Now, obviously it would make more sense to just buy one of those products, nevertheless, where are you gonna get an RGB monome with a nixie tube display that takes OSC commands? Exactly.
# Moogfest 2010, a three-day festival celebrating the innovative vision of sonic pioneer, Robert Moog, to be held Halloween weekend, October 29-31, in Asheville, NC.
Confirmed artists Massive Attack, MGMT, and Thievery Corporation will be joined by over 25 additional internationally renowned artists performing in multiple venues throughout downtown Asheville, including the Asheville Civic Center Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and Asheville’s renowned world-class club, the Orange Peel.
The Drumssette was built by Mike Walters in 2010. The Drumssette is a Tascam four track cassette recorder that I turned into a programmable drum machine. A cassette with four tracks of repeating drum sounds can be mapped into a 16 step rhythm using the 64 switches on the interface. The audio on the cassette tape also clocks the sequencer. More details at www.mysterycircuits.com
Peter Kirn on the new controller by Livid Instruments:
Livid Instruments has just revealed their next hardware controller. Well, sort of revealed – this evening on Twitter, they declared that it was a “Top secret sneak peek of our new controller.” Top secret – you know, just on the Internet. No one will see it there. It’s full of encoders, if that’s your thing. It’s called, cleverly, the “Code.” In addition to accompanying Livid’s own grid controllers, put this next to a monome, and you can manipulate continuous parameters alongside triggers. I could imagine someone doing some insane granular patch with an absurd number of parameters using this.
Tom Shear lists some worthwhile freebies for Mac users:
The internet has its ups and downs as far as musicians go, but one of the great things is the abundance of free software available to pros and beginners alike. While the comparatively smaller user base means there aren't as many freebies for Mac as there is for PC, there is still some great stuff out there available for absolutely nothing. (Although many developers of freeware, do accept donations.)
Tim Prebble is looking for contributions for another "crowdsourced" fx sample library.
Seeing as how THE DOORS is hopefully going to finally kill the overuse of cliche doors, maybe we can also kill the over use of ‘DOG NEXT DOOR’ or at least provide some seriously good alternatives! But the world of dogs is vast & complex – some of the weirdest vocalisations I have ever heard were from a very small dog! So please comment on this post if you wish to be a contributor. As with the 1,000 doors aim (which we will easily meet) lets aim for 1,000 dogs so if each person records 5 dogs then we have a recordist limit of 200 contributors.
Sean Duncan demonstrates how to use Slicex and Edison to extract kicks:
Have you ever wanted to cut a kick drum out of a loop but found it difficult to do so without bringing the other instruments with it? Even if you’re dealing with loops that are drums-only, the vast majority of the kicks in these loops have cymbals and hats playing at the same time.
But there are ways to extract the kicks cleanly, without the hats and cymbals. This tutorial will demonstrate three surprisingly effective techniques, useful for three different situations ranging from simple to difficult.
“Ok, I was fed-up of searching around for decent Hi-Hat and Shaker REX Loops to use in propellerheads Reason, So I put a few together myself.”
This micro-pack contains 20 REX loops; 10 Shaker and 10 Hi-Hat loops.
Brilliant for glitch, electronica, IDM and experimental music. All the loops are completely royalty free and ready to use in your productions. The .REX files will load up perfectly in reasons DR.REX player [Or just about any DAW you could think of].
Machine – a single metaphor which has dictated the imagination of electronic music for decades. One word that has captured the attention of the electronic music makers from the early pioneers to big stars of today. As relevant as ever, we have chosen this term to provide a starting point for the Machine compilation album. With this compilation we have chosen to investigate various aspect of this worn term and bring some new interpretations on the table.
The album consists of 15 magical tracks of contemporary electronic music, crafted by artists from all corners of the world. The tracks and artists are united by the Machine concept, and the loud and proud use of Elektron musical instruments. The love of Elektron instruments has been a primary inspiration behind the album, and what united us in the first place.
Machine is the second compilation crafted by the Elektron-users community, and we hope it will bring as much joy as our first compilation, The 45 Tribute, did.
All proceedings of the album will go to the World Wildlife Foundation.
For some time, I’ve been a champion of Livid Instruments’ controller hardware, because I like the principles behind it. The devices are handmade in Texas using sustainable woods and environmentally-friendly stains, are standards-compliant with open specifications, open source software, and driverless class-compliant operation on Mac, Windows, and Linux, and lend themselves to programmability and customization. They certainly have some of the spirit of the open source monome devices, but for anyone who wished the monome grid also had knobs, faders, and such, and didn’t require weird serial-over-USB drivers, it’s nice that we have Livid, too. This is not by way of advertising Livid, either. I really believe that generally, open configurability and small-batch construction result in hardware that’s more fun to own and use.
But, oh yeah – there’s also the question of what you can actually do with your music using these controllers. With grids, crossfaders, and faders at the ready, the Ohm64 and more compact Block each have plenty of control possibilities.
The gang at Livid, and the community of users this niche line has attracted, have been hard at work over the past months inventing new ways of controlling musical and visual applications. Here are a few of the best of those examples.
Livid Instruments has announced the Ohm64 Customizer, a web-based Flash application which lets you style and customize your own Ohm64 with over 100 different combinations.
We are really happy to now offer you the ability to create your own Ohm64 design in real-time, and order it directly from our shop.
The Customizer lets you design, preview, and order a custom Ohm64 and have it made-to-order and shipped in just ten days. Custom options include multiple color body finishes, LED colors, and faceplate colors. Since we make everything in-house, we have the ability to customize, create, and build everything under one roof, which is rare for an electronic music hardware product. The customizer allows you to stylize and design your Ohm64, and order it direct from Austin, Texas.
As an introductory offer and a way for us to test the process, each custom element is only, $10.