Ohm64 Backlight Control from Livid Instruments on Vimeo.

It’s been a long time since I touched Livid’s VJ software. But when it comes to hardware, they’ve been doing unbelievable work that could have Resolume and VDMX and Processing and vvvv and Max users turning their heads.

The Ohm64 looks simply fantastic. It’s got an ideal configuration for a lot of live visual applications, with 8×8 triggers and plenty of faders and knobs to go along with them. It’s also finally a controller that’s well-made but doesn’t cost a fortune – you get a well-crafted device made by the people who designed it in Texas, but at $599, it’s still affordable.

Visualists are doing all kinds of new things to expand their performance, so I believe having a truly open controller is essential. The Ohm64 delivers, with a chip and editor software that have extensive open support. That means that, as with the brilliant monome controller, you should see a community that experiments with creative ideas for how to use it. (Nor do I think this is necessarily monome competition – the monome is still beautiful for its minimalism, whereas this should appeal to people who ignored the monome because they needed knobs and faders for additional parameter control.)

For visual software increasingly using OSC, a future firmware update should provide native OSC support (and possibly even DMX in the near future). For everything else, there’s MIDI support now. And unlike the Akai APC40, that means real MIDI support, with actual MIDI in and out ports and endlessly customizable controller assignments and LED feedback, instead of the Akai’s single USB port and permanently-fixed layout. And this is fully bus-powered, so you’re not screwed if you forget your power brick.

I did a full preview for CDMusic. But next week I should get to try one in person, which is the real test.

Livid Ohm64

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  • http://prettyextreme.com Jez

    Dammit. I guess my monome 64 just depreciated substantially.

  • http://createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    @Jez: Not at all. I think there could be a real advantage to using the monome with smaller knob/fader boxes that are separate rather than everything being attached like this… especially in small spaces.

    The monome is gorgeous. And since both use open source editors, patches, etc., even though they have different chipsets, I think the two could benefit from one another.

    Also, you can add an accelerometer/tilt to your monome. ;)

  • Brendan

    Wow! This controller is too cool, not only does it firmly hit the "my ideal vj layout(tm)" nail on the head, it looks damn good doing it.

    PS: If you post a comment like "if only it had x I'd pay y for it" then you are a douchebag – praise be to livid for actually getting vj hardware right.

  • http://www.kaneallan.com grindFish

    if sevenUp (monome patch for controlling live) is ported to work with this, im buying :D

  • john g

    i agree grind

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