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.
LK, an iOS and Android controller app for Ableton Live, already came out in early March. Formerly known as LIVKONTROL by Imaginando, LK has gotten a complete overhaul. With version 1.0.4 out now, it has gotten another bunch of improvements and a brand new feature: USB wired connection for both iOS and Android devices. A fail safe for when there are wi-fi interferences, a lot of live performers will appreciate.
By now there are countless key layouts at our disposal. Traditional ones like the piano roll or the layout in fourths (string instruments, e.g. the guitar) that require knowledge in music theory as well as modern ones created to make playing easy even for those who don't know anything about it. Fingertip MIDI is virtual MIDI controller for iPhone and iPad that allows you to control any MIDI capable software. And it falls squarely into the second category.
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.
Some of you have asked me to compare all the different iPad apps to each other in a post. There are quite a few by now and to make a comprehensive comparison between all of them would be a huge task. Instead, I've decided to concentrate on the two frontrunners - touchAble 2 and Lemur/LiveControl 2.
This week, the Musikmesse is happening in Frankfurt again. There are some products directly aimed at the use with Ableton Live and since this is a site about Ableton Live, I'll focus on those.
This fourth and last tutorial in my mini series on how to use LiveControl 2 deals with the Modulate Layout that most seem to find tricky to fully figure out. The video shows you all its features and functions.
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.