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Fader Fox micromodul controllers for Ableton Live & NI Traktor DJ Studio

Published: Wed June 22, 2005  News Feed

FaderFox, a German concern, recently debuted three distinctive MIDI controllers for use with Ableton\'s Live audio production software. The three pocket-sized, battery powered controllers are each designed for a unique purpose, mixing, triggering and DJing and can be used individually or linked together.

micromodul is a system of controllers: single controllers which are easily combinable and expandable to create a complete system. Just connect the instruments with their midi interfaces, and the system is ready for use.

Multiple controllers is an especially attractive solution for the Ableton Live sequencer. The LV1 was designed in order to be expandable. In fact, with 2 LV1’s, you can control 16 tracks comfortable. You have two encoders, one to select the tracks and one to browse through the slots. Then there are 12 parameters per track which are quickly accessible via the 8 pots and 2 joysticks. The track selection by the encoder is transmitted between the controllers, so that after a switching tracks, both controllers are set to the same track. Selection of the mute group and solo group is also synchronised using this method.

Our LX1 was also designed as an addition. A controller with 64 control buttons – all of which have the same colour scheme as the LV1 . You can use this instrument to carry out all of the switching functions of the LV1, but you will not have to first switch the tracks anymore. With the LX1’s encoder, you can control the track-select in the LV1 and in Live. That means split selection of tracks and slots without first having to switch (exactly the same as with 2 LV1’s).

Of course, the real fun starts when you combine 2 LV1’s and 2 LX1’s. 16 tracks, all with corresponding switching functions and direct control – and this group of 4 instruments looks great as well.

You can create your own custom DJ-set for Ableton Live by combining 1 or 2 LV1’s with the DJ1. With the LV1, multiple tracks are mixed together to 2 send-paths. These 2 premixes are then processed by the DJ1 which does the final mix and applies the effects. Pot A is assigned the panorama for the tracks and Pot B is assigned the deck-dependent send-effects. The other 2 pots (C,D) could be used for equaliser functions. An EQ in every track is never a bad idea.

Of course, all of these controllers come with configuration files, which include the entire presets necessary for use with Ableton Live. Other software-sequencers and instruments can also benefit from a micromodul system.

In the near future, even more interesting additions to the micromodul controller system are planned. Touch-panel and universal controller with display, absolute-encoders and LED crowns are the next ideas.
Let yourself be surprised …

Your ideas and wishes for changes or new controllers are of great interest to us as well. Just write your ideas, or make a quick sketch and send us your ideas. Who knows, your dream controller might be the next one in the micromodul-system.


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