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An ideal companion to hardware and software for music production with 32 endless encoders and built-in pushbuttons.
The Livid Code MIDI Controller is a flexible and stylish control surface for computer music creation and performance. Its compact grid of 32 endless encoders with LED rings and built-in pushbuttons with addressable LEDs let you "think outside the grid."
The Livid Code sends and receives MIDI, providing endless possibilities for use with software such as Ableton Live, Max/MSP, Properllerhead's Reason and Record, and NI Traktor, just to name a few.
Class-complaint, bus-powered, and completely reprogrammable, Code is an ideal companion to hardware and software for music production. Open source firmware (licenced under GPL v3) provides developers with new avenues of exploration and the potential for users to try out different configurations.
Weighing in at only 2 lbs and 6" x 11" x 2" (WDH), the Livid Code is extremely portable and adaptable, so it will easily integrate with your existing hardware and software. Each encoder on the Code has an LED indicator ring that provides visual feedback on its position. Every encoder also works as a push button and has an LED indicator button below knob, opening up creative possibilities for use as a grid controller and knob controller at the same time.
The minimal design and adaptability of Code make this controller a true instrument. Code is crafted in Austin, TX from sleek anodized aluminum with hand finished mahogany sides for style and performance.
With a sleek design and portable body, Code provides an incredible amount of control. Each encoder acts as a button as well as a knob, and provides a platform for a wide range of uses and possibilities. Each of the 32 endless encoders are surrounded by an LED ring to show you their position, with the last LED lighting up green when you have reached the maximum value. A white LED is positioned under the encoder that can be used in conjunction with the encoder push button. Each of the 13 rubber push buttons also have white LED's that can be addressable via MIDI. The encoders can also be used in increment, decrement mode, for added functionality. Finally, for maximum flexibility, each button and encoder can send data on its own MIDI channel. Everything on the code controller can be edited with the Code Editor software, and the firmware powering the code is open source (licenced under GPL v3 and available for further expansion or amusement.
Code is housed in a clear anodized aluminum body with hand-finished mahogany end caps. The slanted body makes it easy to control in the studio, or on stage. Bright backlit LED's provide visual communication in the day and night. The minimal nature of the design defy's any specific style or genre, and provides a blank palette for creative performance. The body, style, and detail of the controller give it a true instrument look and feel.
Code is a USB powered, class compliant MIDI device. No software, third party applications, or drivers are needed. Simply plug in the controller, launch your application, and start working. The Code editor allows you to remap any of the controls, change MIDI assignments including MIDI channel, create LED maps, and save everything to the internal memory. Under a GPL v3 license, Code's firmware is open source and available for future expansion and customization.
Standard MIDI in and out jacks are provided on the instrument for controlling multiple devices or computers, and to integrate it into your existing setup. Wether using it with Propellerhead's Reason, Ableton Live, Logic, or Max/MSP, Code's flexibility makes it easy to customize for your specific needs. Code was designed with size in mind, and sit nicely next to a keyboard, controller, laptop or mixer.
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Comments about Livid Code MIDI Controller:
Overall I give this product a 9 out of 10..
For people interested in buying this controller or any other Livid Products I say you MUST research first. There is many great resources and a public forum on there website.
The Livid Code has a real nice editor that allows you to take full control of all it's features.
This controller is great for people using Ableton Live because it's really plug and play.
I've heard some issues with Cubase users but I can not really go into much detail about the issues.
I highly recomend that you visit Livid Instruments website and view there forum before you buy this product.
One feature for me that is lacking on the Livid Code is the ability to control individual rottary knob speeds. The overal speeds can be set using the Code's editor however the speed applys to all the knobs. So to be able to customize the speeds for individual knobs would have been very helpful.
In my opinion to date this controller needs a Firmware update... There is no Toggle control for buttons and all though you can achive this for Ableton Live users there has been problems with people using other DAWS.
This controller is no joke business!! Everything is solid from the feel of the buttons to the feel of the knobs. I have used many of the plastic controllers over the years ( You all know the ones I speak of) 99% of the controller market has that cheap plastic feel. I have gone through many BCR2000's in my day.. This thing is a breath of fresh air in terms of quality.The wood on the controller is very beautiful!I know I will be rocking this thing for years to come without issues..
Value... Well the price does make up for it's self seeing how many of the other cheaper feeling controllers you must go through over the years. I do think the price is still a bit steep however like I said in the end you will save money.