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touchAble 3 is out now

I have yet to mess around with it but this new update looks promising. Looking forward to it.

What’s New:
You can now use a simple USB cable to connect 🙂
Access to devices in racks in racks in racks in racks in racks…..!
The new Live Device Template Pack (available as an in-app purchase) provides 42 well designed layouts for nearly every device in Live.

The device module can now follow the selected device in Live (Blue Hand)
Devices can now be loaded to any place of a track’s device chain using the browser and drag and drop.
You can now play notes with the keys of the piano roll within the MIDI Clip Editor in the scales tab.
Devices can be stretched to take 3/4 of the screens real estate.

Completely recoded Server. (Goodbye Java!:) From now on, the Server is running in the background as a System Service.

New Settings, including:
– Follow currently launched scene option.
– choose and assign different MIDI channels for Drum Pads, Keyboard, Isomorphic Keyboard and Piano Roll (MIDI Clip Editor).
– iPads & iPhones Link Mode: combine several Devices to one big control surface.
– Rotary controller sensitivity setting.
– Snap and Timed Snap Mode 4 different envelopes: Exponential, Linear, Logarithmic, Hanning.

Countless of bug fixes, optimisations and enhancements.
Get the latest installer at http://www.touch-able.com/downloads/ and follow the instructions in the quick user guide included in the app

Device/System Requirements:
* Compatible with all generations of iPad.
* Requires iOS 5 or later
* Ableton Live 8 & Live 9
* Mac OSX 10.5 and above or Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8.
* touchAble PC or MAC server software (downloadable for free)

Combined with its strong integration in Live, its seven different modules (Clips, Mixer, Devices, Keys, Pads, XY Pad, Template Editor) and a MDI Clip Editor touchAble 3 covers every control element of Live’s session view.
touchAble opens up a wide range of creative performance techniques beyond the typical knobs and faders paradigm. It takes a musical and seamless approach to controllerism, with all areas of the interface carefully designed and optimised for intuitive and efficient touch-screen operation as well as Ableton Live workflow. In short – it makes Live Sessions touchAble.

http://www.touch-able.com

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Komplete Kontrol S-Series

Native Instruments recently revealed it’s latest hardware controller, the Komplete Kontrol S-Series. From what I see, this controller is aimed towards life performing, turning their flagship Komplete Bundle into a monster on stage instruments. The convinient of browsing  sounds from the entire Komplete instruments without having to go through each different software is a major thing for live performer on stage. It literally put the massive 12k + sounds of complete at their finger tips. With this controller you basically have almost any sound imaginable for live situation. There is also cool scale mode that will help the less trained musician to gained confidence to actually play live. Is it cheating? Maybe. But, that’s just the way technology is.

Is this essential? Not really. But it’s definitely usefull. And if you’re in the market for MIDI controller and the Komplete bundle then this is a no brainer. The controller it self is priced at $499 and compatible with Komplete 9 (some feature will not be available )and 10. It will be out and available on October 1st. There are different bundling prices for upgrade. For more information head to Native Instruments.

Check out this Hands on overview from http://www.djtechtools.com

 

Conductr for Live

Recently I tried out the now FREE ‘Conductr’. It’s basically an Ableton Live controller app for iPad. After messing around with it I find this to be very straight forward and simple to use. Basically all you need to jam live on Ableton are there. The app itself use what it calls module. Each module have their own name which is self explanatory such as Mixer, clips, master and user. The user module is pretty cool because you get to create your own module using up to 8 parameter controllers from any device on any track featured in your Ableton Live set.

Of course, with all freemium software, you are limited to 2 user module. The paid version though will let you have unlimited amount of modules.the Master module is basically MASTER VOLUME, CUE VOLUME, A/B CROSSFADE and TRANSPORT CONTROLS. At this point I’m just scratching the surface of this awesome controller. Is it as powerful as Touchable or Lemur? Well, not at this point, the 2 apps I mentioned have quiet a head start and Conductr still have ways to go to catch up with them. But since this app is free, you really got nothing to lose to try it out.

More info go to http://www.conductr.net/
Download this app at itunes appstore here

The Mi.Mu Musical Glove

I’ve covered the Mi.Mu Glove in my other blog awhile back. Now Imogen Heap and her team have brought this device to Kickstarter. So here’s your chance to own your own Mi.Mu Musical Glove.
The Mi.Mu Glove is a revolutionary wearable MIDI controller that works based on your gesture. It’s literally future music material.

To back this device on kickstarter, go here.

Here’s what the Mi.Mu Glove can do.

Step Sequencing in Traktor, The Next Big Thing?

I really love the whole community based project development that’s been going on with the whole Native Instruments’ Traktor community. More and more people are developing things that push the limit and changes the way we use Traktor completely. The latest trend happening now is people building new controllers that turn Traktor’s remix deck into step sequencer.

Continue reading Step Sequencing in Traktor, The Next Big Thing?

Imogen Heap performing with Musical Glove as Ableton Live controller

Imogen HEap is one of the few mainstream pop music that never shied away from technology. Story of Heap using exotic controller such as Monome are well documented. Now she steps up the game by using this cutting edge Musical Glove as her controller for Ableton Live. Just check it out because they are just awesome. If this is the future all I can say is WOW!

Is it a new mixer?

Native Instruments just release a teaser video about their latest toy. It’s something that appears to be a full functioning 2 channel mixer with integrated Kontrol X1 (FX & Hot Cues) and I assume, audio interface that will let you plug a device and have timecode control. My wish is that it has 2 USB plug to make switching between 2 djs less of a hassle. Well, no details on pricing and specs from NI yet. So just enjoy the video for the time being.