Livid Instruments has announced its new Alias 8 USB powered MIDI controller.
The Livid Alias 8 delivers the quick and dirty control you need in a durable, compact package with high-quality controls. Perfect as a portable mixer control, the Alias 8 is designed to satisfy the essential needs of every studio or a live rig.
Eight “channel strips” of knobs, faders, and buttons, and a full-size master fader easily adapt to traditional mixing. The dual-function encoder makes it easy to change the MIDI channel (up to 15 channels), instantly extending its reach to control more of your software, while always keeping track of any LED feedback on the other channels. The encoder can also be used as a MIDI control for flipping through tracks or adjusting your cue volume – just push the encoder down to change its function.
Alias 8 features
8 – 30mm faders.
1 – 60mm fader.
16 – rotary potentiometers.
16 – RGB LED backlit buttons.
1- push-button detented encoder.
2 analog expansion ports for Livid XPC and DIY controllers (up to 16 additional analog controls).
15 banks of control on separate MIDI channels.
USB powered class-compliant MIDI.
Crafted by hand in Austin, TX USA.
The Alias 8 is now available to pre-order, priced at $299 USD.
Livid Instruments has announced Elements, its new modular controller platform.
Introducing Livid Elements, the completely modular MIDI controller platform.
Elements is based on the popular eurorack modular format and provides endless possibilities for creating your own MIDI controller. Finally: DJs, VJs, and musicians can create their own controllers without any soldering, engineering, or complicated assembly required.
“We’ve been dreaming up a modular controller since the very first days of Livid”, states Travis Redding, Livid’s Director of Hardware. Redding, who is responsible for the design of Elements has been working over two years on the layout, configuration, and module integration of this system. Redding explains “We knew we didn’t want a proprietary modular product. We wanted to create a simple, open system that can be used by anyone wanting to assemble their own controller, and make it easy for others to make controller modules. Our vision was that this should be larger than just a Livid product, an easily adoptable format for the growing modular movement”.
Inspired by analog modular synths, Element modules come in many different configurations and layouts so you can easily remix the modules to create your own MIDI controller. Each module connects to the Elements Brain for easy plug-and-play configuration and setup. Modules are housed in Eurorack cases and result in a plug-and-play MIDI controller. The Elements configuration software makes it simple to configure your very own system. The standardized modular format allows for an incredible amount of flexibility and expansion, and Livid is has a variety of cases and modules available from their online store.
With a USB port, MIDI in and out jacks, and an optional 5v power supply, Elements is a massively flexible controller solution. Whether performing with Ableton Live, mixing visuals with Cell DNA, DJing with Traktor, or controlling your favorite analog gear, Elements provides a wide range of control possibilities.
In addition to their own Elements modules, Livid has created a Hardware Development Kit (HDK) for other companies, artists, and designers looking to create and share their own modules. The Elements system allows buttons, rotary potentiometers, faders, pressure sensitive pads, accelerometers, LEDs, encoders, sensors, and other analog devices to be connected through Livid and third-party modules.
The Elements modules are currently available starting at the introductory price of $100 USD each. Bundles including modules and case with elements Brain are available to pre-order. Shipping July, 1st 2012.
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.