September 24, 2013
The Behringer modular MIDI controller in the CMD line that can be described as an Ableton Live workhorse has got to be the CMD LC-1. Before the CMD LC-1 there were only a couple of controllers that could integrate this well with Ableton’s session view for launching clips. These included controllers like the Akai APC 40 and we are beginning to see more Ableton integrated controllers such as the proprietary controller Ableton Push. Now with the Behringer CMD LC-1, there is an affordable, modular solution for performers to control their Ableton Live sets.
Andrew Luck does a great job of going over the way Ableton integrates with the CMD LC-1 in the video above, but it’s worth mentioning some of the construction features of the CMD LC-1 for those looking to grab one.
The overall construction of the CMD LC-1, as well as the other modular MIDI controllers in the …
September 19, 2013
We’ve been covering the Behringer CMD line of modular MIDI controllers for some time now. Mostly we have shown how they integrate with the included Deckadance 2 DJ software, but the beauty of these controllers is that they can be mapped to nearly every performance software on the market. One of the more popular performance softwares of the last few years has been Ableton Live. Ableton allows for tight organization and control of clips within it’s session view, which has powerful applications on a stage in a performance capacity. We asked Behringer product specialist Andrew Luck to walk us through how the CMD controllers can work and integrate with Ableton Live.
For this video, Andrew focuses specifically on the Behringer CMD DC-1. The DC-1 has an endless rotary encoder and 8 backlit buttons at the top for navigating your clips in the session view. Below that are 8 endless …
September 10, 2013
Last week we ran a performance styled demo of the Nektar Panorama P1 in use with Ableton’s Push. This week we are back with an overview of the unit. Overall, we found ourselves in familiar territory with the P1, and think it will meet the needs of a different group of users than the P4 and P6 had done. We didn’t go into detail on the control system as much this time, as we had covered that in our P4 overview. Let us know if you have any questions about the Panorama series. If last week’s performance demo made you wonder about the differences between the more modular P1 and the P6/P6, be sure and take a look at the P4 Demo as well.
To pick up a Nektar Panorma P1 for yourself, head on over to UniqueSquared.com.
The Nektar Panorama P1 is the third controller in the
July 26, 2013
One of the first things we saw at the NAMM show 2013 was the Numark Orbit wireless DJ controller. There was a lot of buzz from the early press day on through the week about Numark’s latest DJ controller. After the initial high wore off, many bloggers and gear heads began to wonder whether or not the Numark Orbit could be used in a performance environment and be used well. Well we took it for a test drive to see if it has performance potential and we found that it actually holds up pretty well. Many DJs may scoff at that sentiment, but we found it to be quite fun and had several folks around the office, who weren’t DJs, playing with it, sounding great doing it, and having a lot of fun. We also had more skilled DJs pick it up and see the potential for dynamic MIDI mapping …
May 28, 2013
There have been various iterations of the guitar, born from the need to have modern devices built into them. It isn’t that people don’t want to play with an acoustic guitar by themselves, but perhaps the idea of using only a guitar on its own is a bit boring and one dimensional. Wanting a MIDI controlled guitar has been on the minds of many, ever since the benefit was seen on the same implementation with a keyboard. The guitar is bit more complicated, so achieving the same is quite a bit more difficult that it may seem at first look. The guitar hero guitar was probably the best evidence of how useful a MIDI guitar could be. When hackers modified them to work through a DAW, the rest was just history waiting to happen.
Today, the Artiphon is one of the few beautiful instruments to share the guitar form with …