Novation Launchpad forms the basis of interactive sound installations at the AES Convention in New York
An interactive installation featuring eight Novation Launchpad s has made its debut at the 2011 Audio Engineering Society (AES) Conference in New York. The installation, created by sound designer Adriano Clemente, is built around two computers running Ableton Live 8 and Max for live. The installation exploits features such as step sequencing, loop manipulation and instrument performance, with the wall mounted Novation Launchpads allowing the viewer/ listener to interact with the installation. Max MSP has long been a popular tool for creating multimedia art installations, due to the huge scope it offers for interactivity. Seeing the eight Launchpads mounted on an exhibition wall like this, it seems clear that this won’t be the last time they are used for an interactive installation of this kind.
If you’re unfamiliar with the Novation Launchpad, allow me to explain what it is and what it does. The Launchpad is a USB controller, designed specifically for use with Ableton Live software. Ableton is designed, primarily with live performances of computer-based music in mind. It does this by allowing the user to trigger and manipulate recorded clips of audio or MIDI in real time, by assigning control to a keyboard or other controller. The Novation Launchpad hands just about every aspect of control over these clips to the user via the grid of buttons on its front panel. The number of famous users of these controllers is huge, and growing. And, whilst live performance is the primary function, the Launchpad ‘s method of operation provides an inspiring means of composing and arranging music, too.
If you’d like to try the Novation Launchpad for yourself, a several of our stores have dedicated demo stations, where you get ‘hands on’ and see just how intuitive it is.
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