iPad + Ableton: Liine, Makers of Griid introduce Plastikman’s Kapture

The past few months have seen massive advances for using iPad and iPhone to control DAW software, specifically with Ableton Live (which has more protocol choices than other DAWs due to its Max for Live integration.) Software such as ToucOSC and touchAble are opening new paths for creation and interface design by using iDevices to control music software.

Richie Hawtin aka Plastikman premieres Griid during Plastikman Live at Movement Detroit 2010

One of the most exciting projects to emerge from this movement is Liine, a collaborative group of music producers and programmers who are responsible for the iPad + Ableton Live integration of Plastikman’s most recent live shows. As a company Liine consists of Etienne Noreau-Hebert , Gareth Williams, John Acquaviva, Nick Bugayev and Richie Hawtin. The first product released by the company was Griid, a clip-launching software for the iPhone/iPad. Griid was used in Plastikman’s live shows then offered to the public as an application on the Apple Store. Most recently they have released Kapture, a total-recall device for Ableton Live (see below.)

Griid is well executed but falls short in terms of controlling Ableton’s other parameters. As a clip-launcher it’s flawless. But that is more or less all it does. For the home user and the iDevice enthusiast Griid was lacking something. As a result the company has partnered with Stuart Fisher (ST8), creator of the LiveControl script for TouchOSC.

LiveControl is a “MIDI remote script that allows full control of Ableton Live with an iPad or iPod Touch using TouchOSC.” As a personal user of LiveControl I must say – it’s amazing. It offers clip control as well as full auto-mapping of clip names and device controls. I can’t wait to see what comes of this collaboration between very forward-thinking minds. Below is what Liine had to say about the collaboration:

The world of professional touch controllers for Ableton Live is about to heat up! Liine are very happy to welcome Stuart Fisher, known as ST8 and responsible for LiveControl, into the Liine family. As key players from two distinct approaches to Ableton Live touch controllers, this partnership promises some very exciting developments just around the corner.
With Liine’s Griid taking the focussed reductionist approach to control and LiveControl tackling a comprehensive feature-set head-on, both teams have a lot to offer each other. “Stuart has long been committed to this emerging area of professional touch control,” says Liine’s Gareth Williams. “His work on LiveOSC and LiveControl has benefitted the community hugely. We’re very proud to be working together on the future of touch control products. We’ve been working on some very exciting new things which take advantage of Stuart’s knowledge combined with our approach for building really performable musical tools”, says Gareth. The next releases in the Griid family will really be focussed 100% on things that touchscreens do best.

In addition to LiveControl and Griid, Liine just released the newest addition to the Ableton workflow this week: Kapture.
Kapture is a Total Recall, Max for Live snapshot device. That means it works as a preset saver (takes a snapshot) for all of Ableton Live (instead of individual instrument/effects.) This is massive. If you want to set up clips with entirely different routings to effects, mutes, levels, eq, you can create shapshots of these settings – then change all of them on the fly with the trigger of a clip.

Liine explains Kapture:

The sounds and sonic signatures in Richie Hawtin’s Plastikman Live show are heavily reliant on complex configurations of sends, returns and feedback loops as well as combinations of instrument and effect parameters. Our challenge was to build a system to manage this huge number of parameters in a live scenario. Kapture is the solution to that challenge. Similar to a preset management system for the whole of Ableton Live, it allows you to Kapture the state of your set.

We’re now very glad to be able to release it to the public and to see how other people use it in performances and in the studio. Kapture is not a polished mainstream product but something developed for a very specific show. However, we think that it’s something that many people will find very useful if they are willing to get their hands a little dirty and tweak it to fit their setup.

You can download Kapture for free from Liine’s website.
Requirements: Ableton Live 8, Max for Live

Michael Walsh is a writer, producer, dj and sound enthusiast living in Los Angeles. Read more of his work at the soundsdefygravity blog.

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