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If touchAble is the most feature-complete means of controlling Ableton Live from the iPad, touchAble mini just became the most powerful means of doing it from the iPhone and iPod touch.

Having remote control of your music production software from your phone can be a boon to productivity. You can wander around during a sound check and see how your set is sounding from the audience’s point of view. You can trigger recording sessions, control the arrangement, and adjust mix as you play on an instrument, without having to hover over your computer. Or you can use your phone as a second display for overview of your arrangement and the like. And you can also simply turn your phone into an external touch controller.

We saw one such mobile application yesterday – LIVKONTROL remains the best solution for Android phone owners, and works on iOS, too. Now, touchAble mini incorporates the latest power of big-brother touchAble on iPad, and it looks a formidable option for iPhone owners.

Having a dedicated app to control Ableton Live means unparalleled integration. There just isn’t this kind of stuff coming from third parties at this velocity for any other DAW, which says a lot about the power of the Live user base at the moment. (For other alternatives, check out the similarly-powerful IL Remote for FL Studio, or Steinberg’s Cubase iC app. The Cubase app is notable in really focusing on the needs of someone recording music with the phone as a remote control.)

You get a lot in the phone app – Clips, Mixer, Devices, Keys, Pads, and XY Pad are all there, and even the MIDI Clip Editor (for some palm-top pattern editing).

With Library access, this could even be a nice way of sitting at your instrument or controller and calling up instruments and effects, resting your phone on a music stand or blank bit of your keyboard.

Features:

  • Directly browse the Library for instruments, effects (audio and MIDI), and Max for Live. (requires Live 9)
  • MIDI editing, with dedicated modes for drums and chords.
  • Launch Clips, Scenes, solo/arm tracks, fold/unfold grouped tracks.
  • Overview gives you a birds-eye view of your project.
  • Mixer with volumes, sends, pans, crossfader, accurate metering.
  • Snap mode.
  • Control not only internal devices, but VST and AU plug-ins, too, with auto-mapping.
  • Play instruments with pads or drums (meaning your iPhone could be a great solution working away on an airplane). In key mode keeps the notes sounding, um, correct.
  • XY pad is kind of ridiculously-powerful, a useful MIDI controller in its own right. You can control up to four parameters at once (mixing and matching twelve in total), with physics, snapshots, and gesture recording.
  • Add hardware MIDI support, too (now possible on iOS).
The X/Y pad is like an instrument in itself, and might alone be worth the price of entry.

The X/Y pad is like an instrument in itself, and might alone be worth the price of entry.

Requisite mixing controls are available, and scale nicely to the iPhone display.

Requisite mixing controls are available, and scale nicely to the iPhone display.

Play instrumental patterns from an on-screen keyboard - and optionally keep everything in-key.

Play instrumental patterns from an on-screen keyboard – and optionally keep everything in-key.

Control Devices' parameters. Here, we see a built-in Ableton Device, but AU and VST plug-ins can be manipulated, too.

Control Devices’ parameters. Here, we see a built-in Ableton Device, but AU and VST plug-ins can be manipulated, too.

For drum playback, there's a drum pad layout, too.

For drum playback, there’s a drum pad layout, too.

Far from just mixing and transport controls, touchAble includes advanced clip editing options. That incorporates features that could help you get creative with patterns as you sketch them. Finishing a track idea on easyJet: within reach.

Far from just mixing and transport controls, touchAble includes advanced clip editing options. That incorporates features that could help you get creative with patterns as you sketch them. Finishing a track idea on easyJet: within reach.

If you own more than one iThing, you can also combine as many as you like running touchAble – so you could, for instance, have your iPad set up with the mix and your iPhone as an X/Y controller.

The other good news – especially when it comes to combining devices – is that you don’t need the latest-and-greatest hardware and OS:

iPhone 3GS / iPod touch 3rd Generation and above.
iOS 5 or later
Ableton Live 8 & Live 9 – Live 8.3 minimum required

There’s a special intro price for Mini on now for US$9.99 (8,99€).

http://www.touch-able.com/

  • Charles makebeats

    I have been a huge fan of the iPad version (v2 is just outstanding, when you think the amount of controls provided…), I’m pretty sure I’m going to like this pocket version.

  • Kid P

    Peter what is not in the iPhone version specifically that you get in the ipad version, for those of us who’d like to know if we only want one version or the other???

    • Sylvain – Zerodebug/touchAble

      Hi Kid P, features from the iPad version you won’t get with Mini:
      -Template editor Module
      - Loop tool on the clip module
      - (of course) multi modules at the same time
      - native Live plugins templates
      - Isomorphic Keyboard

      Best

  • Kid p

    Ok that settles it :) . Thanks

  • payetabiere

    Quite sad the server is now a system service that launch at boot instead of manually. Dunno what privileges it got and if it can be a security concern to have something coded by ppl you dont know about, running constantly in the background.