Separated at birth — or fresh off the photocopier?

In the case of Lemur touchscreen versus Mono Touch, it’s pretty obvious the creator of the Mono Touch software just worked on cloning the exact layout of the Ableton Live template on the Lemur. David Cross points us to this comparison from the Ableton forums, as created by axou:

And speaking of copying, some readers were confused when I said a leaked shot of the “Prologue” synth from Cubase SX4 was … inspired … by Logic Pro’s Sculpture. But, then, I’ve spent a lot of time staring at Sculpture programming sounds. Maybe it’ll help if you see them on the same screen. Note the unique curvature of the raised background, the faux-silver knobs, and the exactly-copied effects switches. The knobs alone I’d say were both copying hardware, but the particulars of the switches and the background are just too specific to be accidental. Then again, after seeing the Mono Touch, I have to give Steinberg credit: at least Prologue is just ripping off individual elements, and admittedly on an entirely different synth, though it’s still … uncanny, shall we say?

Leaked screen capture of Steinberg’s Prologue synth, as seen on Cubase.net and Music thing

Sculpture from Logic Pro, top, and — in case you’re having trouble telling them apart — at bottom left, elements from Sculpture, and bottom right, elements in Prologue. Maybe Prologue’s designers are Logic users?
  • http://www.musicthing.co.uk Tom

    Does that sculture GUI remind anyone else of this:
    http://www.penmachine.com/images/word_toolbars.jp

  • http://www.eccentricgenius.ca Kaden

    I dunno…I can see a lotta 'Plex' in the prologue GUI.

  • velocipede

    Good interface designers create. Great interface designers steal!

  • http://www.eccentricgenius.ca Kaden

    …which is why there's such a proliferation of not knobs these days.

  • Damon

    Ya, it's an approximate imitation. All so see some MOTU MX4. Course, when you are aspiring to (or grouping yer synth with) a synth like Sculpture, you are setting your self up for comparisons. And that means the approximate imitation better got some serous sound. A slow looking car that goes slow is not a let down, but a fast looking car that goes slow, is.

  • groffhibbitz

    that is a complete and total copy of the lemur interface. They even copied the buttong a slider colors ans specific placement on the screen from the free ableton lemur template from their website.

  • http://lotuswire.net foosnark

    The Mono Touch is a definite clone. The other thing, meh… it looks like half a dozen different plugins to me, and I've never used Logic. ::shrug::

  • kokorozashi

    For the record, I was convinced by the previous post's comments. I wrote before I looked closely. While it is true, as I said, that widgets can be painted realistically in a finite number of ways, these similarities are, as PK said, uncanny.

  • humpback whale

    It seems as though the creator has wised up, as the grossly impractical MonoTouchLive is now being offered for free.

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  • Lee Ching

    After read this article, i ivestigate a little:

    "it’s pretty obvious the creator of the Mono Touch software just worked on cloning the exact layout of the Ableton Live template on the Lemur"

    Not real, the layout showed in the picture, its riped from this monotouchlive pictures, and created on the lemur.

    http://www.jazzmutant.com/download/Examples_V1.5….

    This file have all templates provided by jazzmutant, included live.

    Just download jazzeditor, open the ableton template provided by jazzmutant, and you can see the layout no have any realtion to monotouchlive.

    http://www.jazzmutant.com/download/

    More here:
    http://www.jazzmutant.com/workshop_templateslist….

    Who rip who? : )

    That lemur picture its sended from some bad guy :)

    Here can see video with lemur and guys form jazzmutant runing another ableton template:

    http://www.sonicstate.com/news/shownews.cfm?newsi

  • Lee Ching

    Some guys not understand the layout showed on the lemur picture, its created, based on the monotouchlive layout…….. from user of lemur called axou.

    EXAMPLE:

    groffhibbitz

    that is a complete and total copy of the lemur interface. They even copied the buttong a slider colors ans specific placement on the screen from the free ableton lemur template from their website.

    My final words about this article:

    This comparative really sucks and its malintentioned.