Massive MIDI station ditches the monitor

Who need’s a touch screen when you’ve got 800 inputs each backlit with an RGB LED? This impressive controller was built by Ander for use in his performances. He did it with the intent to get rid of the computer monitor in his setup. We think there’s something to be said about that. It seems weird to go to a performance and see the artist staring at a screen the whole time. Unfortunately we don’t have too many details about the hardware but we can tell you that he’s using Ableton Live on the software side of things.

Comments

  1. Moggie100 says:

    Mmmmm… Blinky…

  2. Sp`ange says:

    I love seeing stuff like this! Back in my tracking days, I longed for a nice controller that I could never afford. When I finally ponied up $1k for an MC-505, it pained me to not be able to better interact with my computer. Ableton live is just awesome and this custom controller makes me wanna dive back in to music.

  3. M4CGYV3R says:

    That is AMAZING. I want one.

    As for the layout of the buttons, if you’ve ever seen the interface for Live in loop mode(not track mode) it looks pretty much exactly like this controller. It looks like he’s just mapped physical controls to all of the on-screen buttons. Here’s a general example:

    Each of the little rectangular buttons at the top triggers a loop or sample which can be set, quantized, and distorted in any way. They are organized horizontally into channels(columns).

    The other rotary encoders are ‘sends’ to determine how much of each channel goes through effects loops, pan, and volume. Next to each of the channel meters there are Solo/Mute buttons and below that there are Pre/post Fader Listen(cue) buttons.

    It’s a very simple but powerful program, and it’s also very simple to map to a MIDI device(great LEARN feature) of any size, shape, or sort. This controller is hands-down the coolest thing I’ve ever seen it connected to.

  4. Sp`ange says:

    Sidenote: Harry Connick Jr’s band uses computers to lieu of sheet music. If you have ever seen him, you’ll know how cool the soft, blue light looks.

  5. jjrh says:

    Pretty cool. it’s awesome when people are using ableton for their daw which is designed to let you map every function to a keyboard press or midi input.

  6. Jowmumma says:

    Pretty sure its a MidiBox based project (big one at that) – was posted on another site a couple of days ago. Awesome project! Am in awe!

  7. Sean says:

    Whilst details for this particular project are pretty much non-existent it’s based on the midibox hard/software so between http://www.ucapps.de and http://www.midibox.org you should be able to gather up most of what’s needed.

  8. blue carbuncle says:

    Looks like Darth Vader’s bathroom :)

    Would indeed look cool in the gear rack.

  9. skwip says:

    what does “need’s” mean?

  10. greycode says:

    Now it istch time on Sprockets when we must dance!

    TOUCH MY MONKEY!!!

  11. mowcius says:

    Now that’s a funk load of LEDs.

    Nice work there :)

    Mowcius

  12. M4CGYV3R says:

    Ja! Schprockets ist for DANCING!

  13. Stranger... says:

    Looks like ST TOS bridge buttons. Lots of colored buttons to push and not a label in sight!

  14. Mikey says:

    That’s pretty badass.

  15. Frank says:

    Ich liebe die Blinkenlights!

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