Ableton Live has a number of robust touch solutions, but a creation from Graham Comerford called Yeco takes things to another level. It’s finally a Live touch controller that provides full views of clips, unlimited parameter controls, and extras like drum pads. There are even undo and redo shortcuts. The cost: free, downloadable now. It’s presently Windows-only (both 32-bit and 64-bit versions), but a Mac version is coming early September. The implementation is really elaborate and beautiful, giving you a much wider set of functionality than existing iPad apps and the like, which tend to focus on basic clip launching, transport, and mixing.

So, wait a minute — how are you using touch without something like an iPad? Well, Apple’s magical tablet isn’t the only hardware exploring touch. We should shortly see a crop of Windows 8 tablets, a number of which will be Intel-based machines that can run Live; I hope we get to test some of these. In the meantime, there are displays that can work on the Mac and Windows. (Sensomusic Usine is one of the few tools that has taken advantage of this on the Windows side.)

Graham tells CDM he’s currently using a Dell ST2220T. These are plentiful and inexpensive, but he says the lag is frustrating. I asked him for some other tips.

3M’s C3266PW is a high-end solution if there are any rockstars out there. (It’s pricey.)

It’s what’s on the horizon that looks best, and this isn’t just limited to tablets – especially as the industry gets hip to the potential of touch. Graham points us to ZeroTouch, which looks very promising for music once it’s shipping:

Peau Productions is building some excellent-looking gear that you can use right now – complete with frames, podiums, and mounts:

For his part, Graham – while offering this template for free – is offerings services for custom versions of Yeco, touch MIDI controllers, and custom Touch OSC layouts.

Developers, take note: this is built in the amazing-looking, open-source Kivy cross-platform framework (Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android), all in compact, elegant Python.

Exciting stuff. We’ll be watching as this develops.

  • Tim Roberts

    Glad to see Peau Productions get a mention. Been doing the DIY multitouch thing for quite a few years now, and is a wealth of knowledge. Those wanting to head down the make your own table route, check out . A great source of information and helpful people that were great when I was building mine.

  • Elburz Sorkhabi

    Wow, Im in the midst of learning Python, and Kivy looks great!

  • jyanisko

    I have a samsung series 7 tablet (full windows os) that we use at work for game design…. its a pretty responsive tablet, that I wish I had one of my own….then I could see how responsive it is for music. – this software _could_ work beautifully with this tablet

  • Vitor Jesus

    I guess the obvious way to use this is an iPad and a remote desktop app.

  • loopstationzebra

    meh. touchAble does everything this does and more, actually. Saying it gives wider functionality is misleading at best – given that touchAble pretty much gives you access to EVERYTHING. lol.

  • Smith Winford

    A display controller receiving digital video data in planar YUV format, i.e. first receiving several blocks of one video component (e.g. Y), and only after that receiving several blocks of another video component. As LVDS is a differential signal standard we can’t just connect it directly to an MCU even though it supported the larger display resolutions. So as we already had to use some kind of converter in between we decided to go with an FPGA and embed a complete display controller solution into it.