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Ableton Live enthusiasts, you take very seriously what gear you plug into your laptop sets. We’ve seen painstakingly-created DIY controllers like the arcade button hardware below, and bizarre oddities like calculators and arcade cabinets and blenders and Osterizers (above). So, in celebration of New York installment of the Dubspot Ableton Live 8 Tour, Saturday, June 27, we’re going to get together in a fantastic space and have a little Live party. And we want to see what controllers you’ve made.

If you’re coming to town for the Live Tour or are in the New York area, we’d love for you to show some of your creations. Built or customized your own controller? Got your Wii remotes and webcams running your Live set? Built your own special Reaktor / Pd / Max / Python creation to customize your Live performance? Invented some hardware that works with Live? We’d love to see it. It’s a week that includes some of the most skilled Live minds in the planet presenting, plus celebrity appearances by the likes of Richie Hawtin, Scientist, and others. So we expect that even though this is last-minute, this could be a fun chance to get together.

If you’re interested, just sign up below or head directly to the Google Docs form. This is an informal, relaxed venue with drinks and finger foods. (Check out the recent New York Magazine write-up.) The idea is to bring along some headphones or small speakers and show things off in the catacomb-like former stables (and former sex club) nooks of this fantastic bar, meet up, relax, and get to know each other. We’ll also feature a live performance or two; if interested, let us know what your stuff sounds like.

The event will be open to the public; stay tuned for more details on this and the event itself.

And if you want to learn how to use controllers intelligently with Ableton Live – from the cheap and accessible to the weird – I’ll be teaching a workshop at Dubspot on Sunday 6/28.

Sign up, creative folks:

  • I love that arcade button controller. I actually find it far more appealing than the APC, etc.

  • NicksTutorials said:

    I love that arcade button controller. I actually find it far more appealing than the APC, etc.
    June 16, 2009 @ 7:32 pm


    Please any link of this version?

  • this post makes me want to move to nyc. damn ocean..

  • check out this project from a fellow ITP student http://log.liminastudio.com/?p=253

  • Don't feel too jealous yet — we're still waiting on some entrants from NYC! Hope I didn't scare people off with these project. Yes, they're more awesome than anything I make. 🙂 So let's make something out of duct tape and cardboard and show that.

    More on the arcade button controller:

    Peter, that looks awesome.

  • @Mudo: The controller pictured above is based on MIDIBox64, which can be found at http://www.ucapps.de/ – I don't think this form factor is mass produced, though, so it's strictly a DIY thing. At least that's the impression I get from the description on the photo at Flickr when I click on the image.

    There is a similar looking box here (but not as pretty): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KDd_YY7fTI

    The owner says he used the Hale Micro UMC32 kit which can be found here: http://www.halemicro.com/Products/Products.html

    That's all the info I can find at the moment!

    – Nick

  • William Matelski

    Hi, this is the William from the arcade controller. Thanks again for the image love and kind words!

    I really want to come down for the weekend, but have to see if I can take off work first. Unfortunately I don't have anything too appealing to offer soundwise, but I'd love to have a few drinks…

  • Thanks for the info and I give you some from Barcelona 😉