this controller will be a clip triggering device that automatically integrates with ableton live (that's right, no configuration or midi mapping whatsoever) using a liveapi script that i've been working on for quite a while. the hard part is done, which is a communication protocol over midi that allows a midibox to seamlessly communicate with ableton live. that means that you can build this box, plug it in via usb, select the control surface, and start triggering clips.
front panel design (tentative, adding more controls is possible and i'd like some feedback):
this grid will allow control of an 8x6 grid of clips. i wanted 8x8, but there wasn't enough room. still, it's +1 over an apc40 ;). the 7th bottom row is for stopping clips, and the 9th row on the right is for scene triggering. the encoders on the left will select which set of clips are controlled by the grid (x/y). the screen will show ableton's red box that the apc40 uses so you can see which clips you are controlling (box is movable with the encoders):
underneath the buttonpads will be bi-color leds. automatic feedback from live will turn on the led of a clip is present (off if not), turn green if the clip is playing, turn red if the clip is stopped, and blink in beat time if the clip is queued for triggering. the stop buttons will light up red if a track doesn't have a clip playing (i suppose this is more for looks/consistency), and the scene buttons will show which scene is launched.
the case will be an easy to get, relatively inexpensive pac-tec pt10:
i am hoping to use the same case for the rest of the series of ableton live controllers.
i'm looking for feedback from anybody who would be interested in a kit. the kit is not yet guaranteed because i haven't yet asked tk, and i'd have to look into feasability/prices. i think this box could be pretty easily built for under $200. maybe much less. i would like to continue with a series of kits which will work in a modular fashion (picture 3 PT-10's on your desk, each with a different form of control) and all of which will communicate with live automatically, with no midi mapping. once i get going, i could create additional controllers pretty quickly because the hard part is done.
keep in mind that there's not much room left on the panel, so there will be no lcd. a few more buttons/knobs for additional functions are possible.
let me know what you think and what should be added.
Edited by ultra, 21 September 2010 - 03:00.