RGB color grid? Mais ouis! Here, though, add in velocity-sensitive touch strips, too. Product photos courtesy Livid Instruments.

RGB color grid? Mais ouis! Here, though, add in velocity-sensitive touch strips, too. Product photos courtesy Livid Instruments.

So, other than lots of new analog monosynths, the one thing we now have lots of is grids of RGB pads.

Livid is betting you want your touch-sensitive, pressure-sensitive pads paired with some touch faders. So, unlike offerings like KMI’s QuNeo and Ableton’s Push, the grid at the bottom is coupled up with a set of strips for fader control at the top. That opens up some flexibility for expression or as a control surface.

Specs:

  • 4×8 grid = 32 pads (so, two groups of 16 pads if you want to think of it that way).
  • Nine touch sliders.
  • Eight touch-sensitive buttons.
  • Eight momentary buttons.
  • RGB LEDs… everywhere, really.
  • All-aluminum body, extruded aluminum frame.
  • Rubber-coated bezel on faceplate.
  • No moving parts.
  • Editing software for reassigning controls, and setting fader display modes (“walk,” “fill,” “EQ,” and “spread”).
  • USB bus-powered and driverless / USB class compliant.
  • Assembled in Austin, Texas.

Of course, if you hate this new-fangled stuff, see things like Livid’s Alias 8, which uses conventional faders and knobs and absolutely no light-up disco color pads.

US$399, ships March 1.

http://lividinstruments.com/hardware_base.php

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  • JD

    Keeping an eye on what they do with Live scripting, for the price this could be great (plus it’s made in the US)

  • Fuzzy

    nice! finally some capacitive strips!

  • Samuele Cornell

    How does it compares with QuNeo ? it have better RGB but overall seems less capable…or i am missing something ??

    • http://www.facebook.com/sadfactory Aaron Levitz

      I don’t think you’ve missed anything. Better LED handling, more app-friendly layout, but with fewer controls (that do less). Which one is better falls to personal preference, and how we weigh those priorities.

  • martin

    As you compare the (QuNeo, Livid, Ableton’s Push), with the old launchpad novation, what do you think is better? I’m new at this, what would be the best option to buy?

    Thanks.