Recently I've been reviewing quite a few touchscreen controllers for Ableton Live. LTC-1, a new and free controller for Live comprised of a Max for Live device and a Lemur project by DSRT Sound, takes a decidedly different approach. There are no drum pads, no keyboard, no Session View. Its focus is on controlling the tracks, 16 to be precise, and the transport in Live.
It's been a while since my last review of Conductr and since then it's really grown up. The initially four modules for Ableton Live were expanded upon with the Claydr MIDI Keyboard and XY-4D Pad. With the latest update the iPad controller got the possibility to control Traktor.
This Max for Live effect is something for everyone who always wanted to use OSC directly in Live. To turn your smart phone or tablet into a versatile controller.
By now, there are already quite a few iPad controller for Ableton Live. Conductr, now in the App Store, has taken up the cause to be made specifically for live performance. And that in a very sleek and minimal design.
There are quite a few touchscreen controller apps available for iPhone and iPad, even if you only count the ones dedicated to controlling Ableton Live. Not so on the Android app market. LivKontrol is the only controller for Live that is available for both iOS and Android.
Here's another video by Ableton featuring the use of their Push controller or instrument (or whatever you choose to call it ;D ). This tutorial focuses on recording and improvising with loops which most likely will be the general use case in live performances. Check it out...
TouchOSC is a modular user interface for OSC and MIDI control for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad. It's been my favourite app/MIDI controller in the last years because it is so versatile.*
Last week in Berlin as part of the CTM Hacklab, Imogen Heap and team gave a talk on the musical gloves. They're developing them for her performance with Ableton Live and, as she told me in our chat afterwards, for others at a later stage as well. I filmed the whole talk and edited it down to three videos for you to watch.