Marc Houle is not a DJ—in fact, he'd be the first to tell you that he's never really learned how to mix beyond fading one track out and another in—but that doesn't mean he can't rock a club. His live show, which he brought to MUTEK's stage a few weeks back in Montreal, consists of little more than Ableton Live, a vocoder, and TK, but his piece de resistance is a special prototype controller made by Livid for a Minus Records tour a few years back. He gave us a look at how it works, and told us about his new album, in today's video interview.
Four hard-working DJ TechTools staff members and three volunteer reporters took on the sights, sounds, and smells of NAMM 2014 in the hopes of finding the most interesting and inspiring products of 2014. If you have any use for amazing DJ effects, deluxe DJ controllers, game-changing drum programming software or a next-level DAW, you’ll want to read and watch our findings now.
The almost-released new entrant in the DAW world, Bitwig Studio, is finally announcing a real release date, March 26, 2014. After nearly two years of development, the software will arrive on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. Bitwig’s team will be on the NAMM convention floor this week showing off near-final versions of the software, […]
Livid Instruments is joining the NAMM announcement train, launching a Kickstarter for their new controller that attaches itself to a guitar and allows instant control of iOS apps, MIDI effects units, software plugins, and DAWs. Dare we call it the equivalent of a Novation Dicer for guitars? Watch the initial Kickstarter video overview below and […]
Looking for a controller with unique flavor, road-worthy toughness, or extreme portability? How about something with all three? The Livid Instruments Base gives you deep programmability with its touch-sensitive faders and buttons, and 32 velocity pads – read on for our full, in-depth review. Related
Livid Instruments first teased us last week with a photo of part of their BASE controller, and today we got a complete overview of it in the basement of the NAMM convention hall. Click through to watch our video overview of the brand new unit! Related
Livid today announced the release of their new modular controllers, allowing performers with advanced MIDI control needs to slide in custom modules into a Eurorack-style enclosure. While we’d seen a hint of this release at NAMM, the final details of the system, including price, weren’t released until today. Read on for the full press release […]
The result of a unique collaboration between Livid Instruments and Richie Hawtin, the brand new Livid CNTRL_R is a fully mappable, open-source boutique MIDI controller. With a slew of programmable knobs, endless rotary encoders, faders, and buttons, there’s certainly a ton of tangibles to keep controllerists busy, whether you’re a DJ playing cuts from Traktor […]