Ableton Live,
while brilliant for live performance and improvisation, bogs down when
you're trying to control all your parameters with a mouse and QWERTY
keyboard. Solutions like M-Audio's Evolution UC-33e
are a big help, but many of us have dreamed of a controller designed
specifically for Live. This could be it: the German-made FaderFox
micromodul LV1 and LX1 are compact MIDI controllers optimized for Live.
There's also the DJ1, designed for NI DJ Studio.(continued; click read more)


These guys clearly use Live: the LX1 is packed with buttons for
triggering clips, and the LV1 has everything from  an X-Y joystick
perfect for AutoFilter to A/B/C/D pots for Live's effects sends, a
cross-fader and A/B switch, and a scene selector knob. The unit must be
ordered directly from Germany, but once I can get my hands on one I'll
post a full review; stay tuned.

Compatibility: MIDI in/out

Availability: Appears to be shipping now

Pricing: EUR179 including VAT; EUR154,31 w/o VAT (outside Europe)

  • Guest

    … we've been waiting for… I think because its look is very similar to Live's interface, it might be more suitable than even many of the seemingly more practical controllers (with lighting and even digital displays for controller names) which, admitteldy, might be preferable in dark club situations….
    R. from M.

  • Guest

    I have had all three controllers for a few months now and can highly recommend them! There are presets so you indeed can chain all three together to utilise the DJ1 for controlling filters and effects. In particular I would recommend the combination of the LV1 with the LX1 as fiddling with the selection of trachs and scenes using the LV1 can get a bit tedious. The LX1 is superb and the slot and track modes serve the different needs for authoring and performing brilliantly. :grin

  • admin

    Yeah, it really does look perfect, I'll keep begging for a review.

    The lighting for me isn't a big issue — shine that USB light and you're set. Usually necessary even with lit displays.

    Peter

  • Guest

    Anybody have thoughts on how FaderFox' controller compares to the X-session? http://www.evolution.co.uk/products/evo_xsession….

  • Guest

    X-Session is cheap, if all you're looking for is really a cross-fader with knobs. But FaderFox gives you a lot more. Depends on how elaboate your Live sets are, I think! -PK

  • Guest

    Any idea where to find this in the states?

  • admin

    While the FaderFox doesn't have US distribution, looks like they'll happily ship overseas.

  • BKDJ

    I need a controller that will instantly control bpm's and 3-4 EQ's… whats the best for me?