Whitebox Synth Makers has announced the release of Whitebox Mallets, a free Max for Live device for Ableton Live. An update of my Pixiephone from a while back. What’s new? Added BUZZ, SPACE and FILTER to get more variety and some extra dirt. More control over short release and deader resonances. Capable of sounds ranging […]
Novation has announced that its Launch Control XL Ableton Live controller is now available from dealers. Launch Control XL is the ultimate mixer and device controller for Ableton Live. Immerse yourself in your music using eight 60mm faders and tweak your effects, devices and plug-ins with 24 LED-enhanced knobs and 16 multi-colour performance buttons. Used […]
Puremagnetik has announced the release of PitchSwitch, a new Max for Live device which allows you to repitch and reshape anything in Ableton Live. Developed in conjunction with Max for Cats, Puremagnetik has released PitchSwitch – an inspiring device that creatively reshapes incoming audio. Whether you are a studio-based sound designer or a touring live […]
Niche Audio has launched Deep & Jackin Garage, a samples pack featuring sounds from Scott Diaz. Niche Audio have enrolled Scott Diaz, another top notch and on the money record producer who has created a 100% authentic Deep & Jackin Garage producer pack for Maschine and Ableton Live. Like all our other packs, Deep And […]
Patchworks has updated Conductr – its Ableton Live control app for iPad – adding a ’4-dimensional’ XY pad controller. Here’s what they have to say about the update: Many Conductr users have been asking for an XY pad for months. But … Continue reading →
Patchworks has released version 1.2 of the Conductr Ableton Live controller app for iPad app, featuring a new 4-dimensional XY pad. After its successful transition to a freemium model last June, Conductr takes a step further and launches a long awaited feature: the XY-4D pad. Many Conductr users have been asking for an XY pad […]
Ableton Live’s iPad-augmented control can take some forms. There are apps that do everything, replicating the mouse so that you can go directly to touch for every single task and avoid your computer completely (Touchable, for instance). There are specialized controllers, which focus on a few tasks or a particular device or Max patch.
And then there’s Conductr, and it’s something a bit different.
First, as of June, it’s free – or freemium, anyway. The free version is limited to four tracks and eleven scenes, but it’s enough to give you a taste. And with user modules, it’s easily a workable complement to other controllers like Push, even without touching the in-app purchases. (That seems to me a use of in-app purchases that actually makes sense.)
But most importantly, Conductr focuses on giving you controls that are well suited to the iPad. This isn’t about the iPad screen pretending to be hardware faders and knobs, or about cramming a mouse-style interface under your fingers. Instead, the Barcelona-based developers of Conductr have made an interface that intentionally does less. It’s cleaner, easier to see, and less crowded. You can leave just a few controls, use gestural controllers, and even set up layouts that don’t require you to look at your iPad. As a keyboardist, and someone who finds the iPad sometimes as clumsy as I do invaluable, it’s great.
And today’s update is really the best development of that concept. The XY-4D is simply the best X/Y controller I’ve seen on the iPad yet. It’s totally user assignable, and makes your iPad into something like a 21st Century, Star Trek-chic KAOSS Pad.
There’s a single user-assignable XY-4D pad now free in the free edition of Conductr, so you don’t have to listen to me drone onto it, but here’s what it does:
4 XY units inside
Each unit, four parameters (horizontal, vertical, pinch, tap to toggle on/off)
Up to four modules per view (for up to 64 parameters)
It’s so nice, in fact, that I’d love to assign this to other tools, too. (Maschine, for instance – though I can do that now within the host, which is probably where I’ll start.)
It’s also great to see them using pinch; hopefully more controllers take advantage of the various gestures possible on iPad.
I hope the developers, PatchWorks, continue on this path. It really does seem better suited to what the iPad is. Let us know how you wind up using it.
Here’s there manifesto, in a recent press release, which I appreciate:
We do not want to replicate hardware on a touchscreen; we want to get maximum advantage of multitouch technology to give musicians the kind of resources that they can’t get from a hardware controller. From an ergonomic interface that adapts to any momentary need —in other words: you only see what you need at any given time— to a gestural mode that allows the user to play without watching the iPad and a modular basis that will permit the app to grow through the addition of complementary modules.
More on the controller and how it works:
And here’s another freebie for you – a loop pack from Hermético and Sr. Click on netlabel Inoquo. It’s pre-mapped to Conductr, so a nice way to explore the tool:
Rankin Audio released Ableton Projects – Dark Bass House, a set of 4 Ableton projects with a focus on dark bass house music. Pioneered by the likes of Chris Lorenzo, Hannah Wants, Taiki & Nulight and My Nu Leng, to name just a few. Its a sound that is sweeping dancefloors and festivals worldwide and […]
“Set up the shot sooo poorly by accident… so you can’t really see what I’m doing. But whatever have a listen. Sequence from Ableton, triggering arps to XS-1 off the laptop keyboard, vocal sample chopped up in Ableton, xylo line is the XS-1 going into the Rockman, gritty lead sound is an MS20 patch, working the 707 faders live, switching patterns etc.”
Sample Magic has launched two new sound packs. The Ableton Magic Racks: Creative FX pack features 5 powerful Ableton racks for complex FX processing and creation. Take your FX creation and manipulation to the next level with the third instalment of our best-selling Ableton Magic Racks series. Creative FX serves up five unique racks designed […]