Livid Announces Block – New Grid Controller

Livid Instruments has announced Block, a newcompact and programmable MIDI control surface designed for interactive audio performance. Similar to Novation’s new Launchpad, Block has the same bi-directional and adaptable platform of a button grid.

Sixty four backlight led buttons provide endless possibilities for visual feedback with the instrument by connecting it to Ableton Live, Max/Msp, our open source sounds apps, or any other software that supports MIDI. The open source blockEditor application lets you reprogram any of the controller’s sixty four clip buttons, eight knobs, two faders, and seven function buttons. Block is hand crafted from lightweight wood and aluminum for easy portability.

Block has bi-directional talkback communication allowing the controller to talk to your software, and software to your device. MIDI messages can be sent to the Block to light up the buttons for an interactive performance. Completely programable and mappable, block provides a flexible control surface that be used with any software or setup. Completely USB powered means you don’t have to worry about adapters and and power strips, and it is plug and play so no drivers are required.

Features:
» Portable: A compact and lightweight design lets you slip this controller into your backpack.
» TalkBack: Reprogrammable buttons with LED talkback provides visual feedback by sending MIDI commands back to the controller.
» Home Grown: All of our controllers are handcrafted by artists with care in our Austin, Texas shop.
10.25″ x 10.25″ x 1.5″ (WLH) / weight 3 lbs. (26 cm x 26 cm x 3.8 cm, 1.36 kg)
» USB Powered
» Bi-Directional MIDI communication (talkback)
» Class-compliant: no drivers needed for Mac, Windows, or Linux.
» 64 Programmable backlight buttons for talk-back and interactive performance
» Programmable MIDI mapping allows you to change the MIDI settings on the hardware
» Anodized Aluminum Faceplate
» Open Source software tools to create your own LED talkback interaction
» Editor included for MIDI editing, and LED talkback programming
» Compatible with any software that supports MIDI learn
» ROHS compliant

Livid’s Block costs only $399 and will be available on November 1st. More information on Livid Instruments Block.

Author: FutureMusic

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