CDM has reported on the Star Trek-esque touchscreen interface
Lemur before, and developer Jazz Mutant told CDM in the fall they
expected to ship the unit this year. They've found a distributor: Cycling `74 will sell Jazz Mutant's Lemur for US$2495 (projected), with the first units expected in April 2005.

The Lemur is a touchscreen LCD for controlling audio and multimedia
programs: using an included editor for Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows, you
can create your own on-screen interfaces with faders, knobs, and the
like, and control them with your finger. The Lemur works with OSC,
not MIDI, for higher-bandwidth communications and connects via 100-BT
ethernet. OSC is currently supported in Pd, Reaktor, and Traktor
(natively) and Max/MSP (via an unsupported external).

This seems a triumph for OSC as much as for touchscreen interfaces.
Some hope this faster, more sophisticated format will catch on to
augment what is possible with MIDI; Native Instruments took the lead
among commercial developers implementing it.

You can check out the Lemur in person at the NAMM show in Anaheim if you're there, or in NYC at Share
on January 30, before the developers return to France. Let us know if
you get first-hand experience with it or (lucky dog) buy one!

  • Guest

    Uh… should your controller cost more than the hardware and software it's controlling? Nice idea for a product, but at that price you'll sell 5 of them. Make something like that you can retail for $600 and you'll have a revolution.

  • Guest

    :grin you are right that it hurts peoples pockets but people still buy analogue synths that do 1/4 of the things that free download synths do, its an issue of appearance, usability and that "wow" factor of, check out what i got that you idiots dont.
    This device to me has no use in the studio but every use in live setups where having enough realtime control to atleast justify the prefix of LIVE, especially for the merger musical styles such as Jazz n bass, New age electro, the huge arrisal of Live Glitch electronica and new age funk. Not to mention on the kit lists of Big Electronic acts who are slowly minimising theyre kit lists such as Prodigy, Chemical Bros, Basement Jaxx, etc. These guys have the funds for something like this, if it is as good as it says it is. If however its all talk and doesnt work correctly, has acouple of band beta versions or whatever, then its legacy could end before it starts.

    ITs all gonna be down to the early demonstrations and product updates and the presumtion that the hardware already in place has been researched and tested neccessarilly

    Noel Watson
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