There's something in the air around the Naonext Crystall Ball MIDI controller: your hands, coaxing any parameter you assign to its five infrared sensors. The accompanying 24-button pad grid either assigns parameters to the sensors or works like traditional pads. With 24 banks of 5 control sets each, there are thousands of programmable controls to give your airborne hands plenty more to do than just pump up a crowd. Let's see how it performs with software like Traktor and Ableton Live.
Portable MIDI mini-keyboards have become a dime a dozen, but Reloop’s Keyfadr tries to give you a little more bounce for the ounce. Without sacrificing mobility, it packs in some healthy channel-strip controls, Ableton Live integration, and internal Arpeggiator and Chord modes. Is it worthy of your twiddling fingers? We gave it the once-over to find out.
Producers and DJs using Ableton, today’s free plugin is from producer/live performer Bass Kleph, who is well known for his intense live remixes using Maschine controllers. His Easy Wash Out macro is designed to create instant builds that wash out the track, appropriate for use in a live performance setting or in the studio. Bass […]
Hot on the heels of Ableton’s release of Live 9, Apple has released the newest version of its popular audio manipulation and production software Logic Pro, this version being the 10th and so dubbed “X”. The update brings a lot of new gadgets and workflow additions that Apple promises will revolutionize productivity and guarantee uninterrupted […]
Some of the biggest steps forward for controlling software from a touchscreen device have come from Liine – from the JazzMutant Lemur in 2009 to the iOS Lemur application in 2011. Now the Berlin-based developers have focused their efforts on building the ultimate iOS control surface for a current generation of Live users. Originally teased last December, […]
As made clear by videos like the routine we highlighted earlier today, some of the most interesting shows go beyond a simple DJ set. Forget transitions from song to song – what artists are incorporating live elements that capture the attention of a crowd and make the process of electronic music production and performance resonate with an […]
Ableton’s just announced a dedicated control surface for Live called “Push”. After engineering trusted software for years, they now aim to solve an old problem with a new hardware solution: how to make a song from scratch. DJ TechTools attended a private preview of the new offerings last week in Berlin, where Push was described as […]
It’s a blast from the past as well as a breath of fresh air, as Electrix returns with an impressively built, highly functional mid-sized controller intended mainly for Ableton Live or various DJ software. With its pressure-sensitive drum pads and 32-button grid, can it really do double duty as both your Ableton launcher and DJ […]