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.
The combination of Max for Live MIDI effect and Lemur template in this free arpeggiator is quite clever. FingArp has many functions you can quickly switch between and affect, which gives you tons of immediate variations for your chords. It connects with a Max for Live patch via OSC which only requires setting an OSC target.
The Max for Live effect Clip Sequencer can be really useful for live performance and composition. It allows you to use MIDI clips to sequence incoming played/held MIDI notes or chords from a keyboard or MIDI controller in real time. Notes are sorted and resorted logically and in real time, clips are read out via LOM.
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.
Peter Kirn has recently begun a new series on Create Digital Music called "Ableton Goodies". If you haven't seen any of his posts, yet, I've compiled them for you here.
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.