January 30, 2013

Livid Base Midi Controller Launched

Using an iPad as a piece of hardware for your DJ or production system has its high points and its flaws.  We tend to look at an iPad as a multi-function tool, meaning it can be used for a variety of purposes that aren’t limited to the studio.  It can also be used as a messaging tool or even a web browser – and this in turn adds to its drawbacks.  When a device is designed to do many things, it usually can’t do them all very well.  Much like a smartphone can take high resolution pictures yet fails to have any type of real zooming capability beyond a digital enlarge, an iPad can do the job of a controller – but will also have serious latency or compatibility issues down the road.

The Livid Base Midi Controller looks something like the Novation Launchpad from first glance, but a closer inspection will reveal just how different it actually is.   It IS a piece of hardware, yet it contains now real physical buttons that need to be depressed.  Instead, it uses touch control as if it were a touch screen device; however, it is dedicated to be used solely as a MIDI controller.