Compact Hardware Controllers For Ableton Live

Faderfox LV2 and LX2 available now      07/03/06
Compact Hardware Controllers For Ableton Live


Faderfox are a German company who have just announced the release of a pair of pocket-sized battery or mains-powered compact harware controllers for Ableton Live. The LV2 and LX2 are the latest second generation versions of the previously available LV1 and LX1 and offer several improvements. The LV2 features faders, encoders, buttons and joystick while the LX2 (designed to supplement the LV2) offers a lot of key functions for controlling tracks, clips, scenes, track select and fx.
As of Live version 4.1, the LV2 can be used immediately by using different setting files which are shipped with the controller - without the time consuming process of programming each separate control element.
The LV2 can also be used with other programs. Faderfox tell us that it is suited well for software sequencers due to its architecture/layout although you can not program the LV2 or assign controller numbers or key numbers. The company also say that the LX2 can also be used with other programs and that it is suited for software sequencers, VST instruments or any other MIDI gear - everywhere you need a compact instrument to send a lot of switch commands via MIDI. Here’s the full lowdown of features direct from Faderfox themselves:
LV2
  • Special controller for sequencer software (optimized for Ableton Live)
  • Setup files for Ableton Live as of version 4.1 are shipped with the controller
  • Independent of operating system and computer type (PC or Mac) due to the midi interface (no driver necessary)
  • 6 track faders - switchable between 2 fader groups (1-6, 7-12)
  • 4 push-encoders for jump-free control of track-dependent and track-independent parameters (total of 144 parameters)
  • Main function for fast encoder access to important functions like trackselect, slot/scene-scroll, mastervolume, clip/scene-launch etc.
  • Joystick to control track-dependent and track-independent parameters (total of 30 parameters)
  • 2 button rows with each 6 buttons and LED’s, programmable independent in 6 keymodes (scene-launch, fx-control, mute, solo etc.)
  • Parameter feedback of LIVE button statuses is indicated by LED’s (Mute, FX)
  • Fadermute for all controls by holding down the instrument's SHIFT button
  • Faderposition view by LED’s if holding down the instrument's SHIFT button
  • Play-LED to show the beat speed
  • Independent power supply by standard or rechargeable batteries 3 x AA cell, lifetime about 30 to 60 hours
  • Powersave mode after 10 minutes of the last movement (running light)
  • LED battery control
  • Socket for an external power adaptor (4.5-6V DC - min. 50 mA)
  • Midi-merge function
  • Very compact design in a black, plastic casing (desktop format 180x105x70 mm, 450 g)
  • Silver aluminium front plate with anodised coating (abrasion resistant) and inscriptions
  • 51 LED's in different colors to display various information (low basic lights of all LED's for better orientation in dark club atmosphere)
  • High-quality faders, encoders and joystick from ALPS - Expandable system by other micromodul controllers (easy chaining by midi connections)
  • Compatible to the 1st micromodul line (same cc/note numbers like LV1, LX1)
    LX2

  • Special controller for switch commands (optimized for Ableton Live)
  • Setup files for Ableton Live as of version 4.1 are shipped with the controller
  • Independent of operating system and computer type (PC or Mac) due to the midi interface (no driver necessary)
  • 3 groups of 12 coloured buttons - each group is switchable between 3 keysets which are independently programmable
  • Programmable are keymode (1 of 12 & toggle), cc/note number (in groups of 12 ascending numbers), channel (1-12), track (1-12) etc.
  • mini-keyboard with octave-shift-buttons for fast triggering of any instrument (octave, velocity, channel programmable)
  • 12 setup memorys to store 3 keysets of each button group (12 setups x 3 keysets x 4 button groups)
  • Parameter feedback of button statuses is indicated by LED’s (LIVE sends Mute & FX)
  • Independent power supply by standard or rechargeable batteries 3 x AA cell, lifetime about 30 to 60 hours
  • Powersave mode after 10 minutes of the last movement (flash light)
  • LED battery control
  • Socket for an external power adaptor (4.5-6V DC - min. 100 mA)
  • Midi-merge function
  • Very compact design in a black, plastic casing (desktop format 180x105x70 mm, 450 g)
  • Silver aluminium front plate with anodised coating (abrasion resistant) and inscriptions
  • 49 LED's in different colors to display various information (low basic lights of all LED’s for better orientation in dark club atmosphere)
  • Expandable system by other micromodul controllers (easy chaining by midi connections)
  • Compatible to the 1st micromodul line (same note numbers like LV1, LX1) Price and Availability
    219 Euro (including VAT). Available now.
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