Best MIDI controller for Modul8

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Postby The Midi Thief » Sun May 15, 2011 6:07 pm

One way of using the media set and the iPad is using the iPad as a second screen with the AirDisplay app and put the media window on the iPad. The screen will be touch sensitive. And if you can't drag the media window off the main screen (I can't remember if you can) you can use one of the modules that displays the media library on the iPad. Modules can be dragged of the main screen for sure. And since you can't use Touch OSC at the same time you might want to put some more modules on iPad screen if there is enough space.

You can use the iPad and a cheap little midi controller like the Korg Nano Keys. There is nothing like the tactile feel of a real "physical" midi controller.
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Postby mosu » Sun May 15, 2011 10:19 pm

The Midi Thief wrote:One way of using the media set and the iPad is using the iPad as a second screen with the AirDisplay app and put the media window on the iPad. The screen will be touch sensitive. And if you can't drag the media window off the main screen (I can't remember if you can) you can use one of the modules that displays the media library on the iPad. Modules can be dragged of the main screen for sure. And since you can't use Touch OSC at the same time you might want to put some more modules on iPad screen if there is enough space.

You can use the iPad and a cheap little midi controller like the Korg Nano Keys. There is nothing like the tactile feel of a real "physical" midi controller.


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thx Midi Thief !! I just tested it! and that is really a good way to trigger media with touch screen. more visualized than just buttons.
(and yes, the original media set window can not be dragged into extensional screen)

so I decide to have an iPad to do that !! :D

I think I need a MIDI controller with scratch jog.
I found this MIDI controller,
http://www.allen-heath.com/xone/xone1d
any opinion or advice with this one?
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Postby The Midi Thief » Sun May 15, 2011 11:00 pm

Allen & Heath products are nice. But I would test it (or any midi based job wheel) before buying. If you're thinking of scratching video - it's really overrated and not so exciting in reality in my opinion. It's not like scratching vinyl.
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Postby mosu » Mon May 16, 2011 3:41 am

The Midi Thief wrote:Allen & Heath products are nice. But I would test it (or any midi based job wheel) before buying. If you're thinking of scratching video - it's really overrated and not so exciting in reality in my opinion. It's not like scratching vinyl.


I was planing scratching video to match some cue points when live performing with singers if they increase or decrease or hold speed during interact with audience.
that is only in my thought, I haven't try that yet.

or is there any way to do that if I make a video clip with for one particular song using their record tape but they perform the song with different speed in live?

and sorry for my bad english to describe this situation. hop you can understand what I mean...
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Postby mowgli_uk » Tue May 17, 2011 2:33 pm

mosu wrote:
I think I need a MIDI controller with scratch jog.
I found this MIDI controller,
http://www.allen-heath.com/xone/xone1d
any opinion or advice with this one?


Very good quality build, heavy, bulky, expensive and the buttons are tricky to get to work properly in md8. I have a Xone 4D which is also a dj mixer but I wouldn't get a 1D as there are much more practical and cheaper controllers out there.
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Postby Hey!Cliché! » Tue May 17, 2011 8:57 pm

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Hey!Cliché! wrote:The best controller for Modul8 varies wildly based on how you want to play, whats comfortable, whats affordable, and what sort of enviroment you are in.

Personally I use a Akai MPD 24 for now, and use the pads to "play" effects, and map the faders and knobs to various other controls. I've had multiple set-ups over the years (including a BCR-2000 coupled with a M-Audio Axiom 25 key keyboard) and this is the one that I've stuck with the longest, going on about two years now. Soon I'll be switching to an iPad for my main UI controls (running touchosc) and the new Vestax Pad One for playing effects.


so how do you map the media set? or you just use them via mouse?


For now I don't have clip selection mapped in any way. I prefer the trackpad for that task at the moment, my preferred method would be an ipad-type situation, which seems to make the most sense for relating to the M8 UI.
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Postby ilan » Wed May 18, 2011 11:29 am

For triggering clips nothing will ever beat a pad type setup such as those offered by akai or my beloved (and now discontinued) Trigger Finger from M-Audio. Although, these days I have gotten stuck on using the Monome because with the way I VJ I almost never have to touch the laptop when I am performing unless I decide to change some of my compositions on the fly.

If I am performing on stage moving the mouse cursor with the trackpad is an absolute no, no.
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Postby mosu » Thu May 19, 2011 9:33 pm

mowgli_uk wrote:
mosu wrote:
I think I need a MIDI controller with scratch jog.
I found this MIDI controller,
http://www.allen-heath.com/xone/xone1d
any opinion or advice with this one?


Very good quality build, heavy, bulky, expensive and the buttons are tricky to get to work properly in md8. I have a Xone 4D which is also a dj mixer but I wouldn't get a 1D as there are much more practical and cheaper controllers out there.


thx for all you guys~

I see,
because I don't have any chance to try physical MIDI controllers by myself , so I can only imagine what kind of interface would fit me...

and after read all the replies above, having a scratching jog maybe is not necessary for live performing ?
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Postby ilan » Sat May 21, 2011 1:19 am

I can suggest going to a music instrument store. They usually have several MIDI controllers on display to look at and try.

My personal experience with jog dials is that I never found them useful. For just 'scratching' video I can get the same result with 1 button mapped to the direction playback button of a layer in the modul8 interface. This combined with a slider to change the speed of the clip make for a very 'reactive' and 'live' experience.
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Postby avril66 » Fri Aug 12, 2011 7:22 am

i use the top 6x4 buttons (of the 6x6 grid) for levitra online bank and clip selection on the currently active layer.
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Re: Best MIDI controller for Modul8

Postby guillaume » Wed Nov 07, 2012 9:55 pm

is anyone here using a OhmRGB as controller?
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Re: Best MIDI controller for Modul8

Postby ilan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:01 am

@avril66 are you not just the most clever spam bot ever?
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Re: Best MIDI controller for Modul8

Postby guillaume » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:33 am

Ilan, do you know if there is any incompatibility bet. M8 and the OhmRGB from Livid?
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Re: Best MIDI controller for Modul8

Postby ilan » Thu Nov 08, 2012 11:10 am

Unfortunately I don't have one. The general rule is, if it is MIDI compliant then everything will work. However if there are very particular functionalities with the grid buttons that you are looking for, this may require a custom module.
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Re: Best MIDI controller for Modul8

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