July 3, 2014
Before Ableton Push and Livid’s line of controllers, the APC 40 and the Launchpad were the go to controller solutions for performers using Ableton Live on the stage. They are arguably still the best controllers for the job when you consider how Push is built best for crafting and arranging your productions before hitting the stage. At NAMM 2014 Novation brought us two new solutions for performers using Ableton Live with the Launchpad S and the Launch Control. These devices work great for controlling Ableton Live but they are also able to connect to your iPad with the Apple Camera Connection Kit which will also power the Novation controller.
These are all redundant talking points if you have been watching these Novation controllers from afar, so it should be noted that there is some pretty fantastic integration between the controller and Ableton Live. Let’s take a look at how …
May 12, 2014
Gesture and motion control is all about taking baby steps while looking at the big picture. The guys who have developed sensors that can accurately interpret what the hand want to – they have no idea about how this will all work logistically with computer programs. Therein lies the real problem. Not everything works better when it is touch free; and for some actions and motions – it pays to actually to have a dedicated button there that lets you know when something is on and off.
The placement of the actual sensor is very important here. While some items keep the sensor stationary while the hand moves in front of it – others attach the sensor directly to the hand to receive input. Which method works best? I would think that positioning a sensor on the body can be a much more trick task, since the body can make …
April 21, 2014
There is one good aspect about digital and electronic musical instruments that are hard to compare against other acoustic instruments. That happens to be the idea of cost and price range. Take something like an automobile for example – it has a purpose. No matter how expensive or inconvenient the car actually is, it is expected to get you from point A to point B. Aside from that, you can do it in style or you can barely get by, the choice is up to you. Electronic instruments of the day do not have a purpose in mind like you think. You cannot buy gear and expect it to mix music for you.
Most of the MIDI controllers are laid out with a purpose in mind, but few actually use the same MIDI controller the same way. In fact, there are instruments out there that have no real intended purpose …
October 14, 2013
There are different stages that a piece of gear goes through before it actually becomes a boxed product that can sell in stores. The idea comes first, but not without much objection to it. When a company who already makes gear, decides to make something new – they have to consider what kind of profit it will make. If they are wrong, they give the company a reputation for creating duds. Another type of development process happens when a lone creator takes a hacked up idea and mass produces it. These homegrown plans are some of the most creative ideas we have ever seen, but getting it to the masses is the harder problem.
There is just no way that a one man show can compete with a company that employs hundreds or thousands of people. They will never be able to beat their prices on a similar gadget, and …
October 4, 2013
The Behringer CMD DV-1 is a modular MIDI controller designed to be used with digital vinyl systems (DVS). There are controls to select between 1 of 4 decks with the A-D buttons, making it easy to load tracks and switch between control of each deck. There are controls for looping, FX control, hot cue assignment, and deck focus among others. DVS DJs will find this to be a nice low profile and low cost solution for extended control over software functions that may not be available on a CDJ or turntable.
As with all the Behringer CMD modular controllers, every function on the CMD DV-1 is MIDI mappable meaning you can assign any of your software’s functions to whatever physical control you desire. While the CMD DV-1 ships with Image-Line’s Deckadance DJ software, the DV-1 and all the other CMD controllers can be mapped with the software of your choice. …