Wireless Controllerism on Windows 10 with Microsoft’s Xbox One Wireless “S” Bluetooth Game Controller

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If you’ve been following along, you know I’ve been experimenting with the Microsoft Surface Pro 4 as a musical instrument platform for Live, Max for Live and virtual modular. I’ve also been working towards a completely wireless battery operated setup for a rapid setup rig for live improvisational work including wireless expressive controllers. Another advantage of wireless means you can use the same system on the couch without accidently snapping off a cable or stressing a port.

Controllerism with a Game Controller

I’ve been using wired joysticks on-and-off for a year or so. One interesting thing about using an Xbox (or PlayStation controller) as an expressive controller is that the design affordances are as well understood and obvious as the pedals of a car.

This means:

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Reminder – Ableton Sale Ending January 11th – Consider Operator and Max for Live

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A reminder – the Ableton Sale Ends January 11th – save 20% on Live, Live upgrades, Max for Live, Push, and Live Packs.

Can’t Make The Leap to Suite?

Operator – FM Joy!

If you are an existing Live user and you can’t make the jump to Suite, you may want to consider picking up an essential instrument like Ableton Operator à la carte.

Extend Live with Max for Live

Max for Live is also available à la carte and is on sale sale https://www.ableton.com/en/shop/#max-for-live. You don’t need to be a programmer to take advantage of Max for Live. There are a huge number of  “instruments” and “effects” available you can just jump right into. So, by buying into Max for Live you could then take advantage of the many commercial Max for Live devices on sale.

There are also  large number of devices made by third parties and those in the Max for Live community – such as those at http://www.MaxforLive.com. For example, in the video below, I’m using a free M4L device called Granulator II (developed by Ableton founder Robert Henke) for granular synthesis with expressive modulation via an XBOX 360 controller made possible by the super cool free device MultimapperXBOX360 0.6 from the community MaxforLive.com. So how this went was – “Hey I think I’d like do some granular synthesis with an XBOX 360 joystick”. Because I had Max for Live, I went from idea to expressive performance in like 10 minutes.

Here is a video with Robert Henke discussing Granulator II.

Winter Projects with @uheplugins Zebra 2: Sound Design, New Max for Live Device, and Refining Lemur Patch

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Winter is here in Boulder, CO. This time of year I tend to do a lot of sound design work next to a nice warm fire :^) I traditionally pick one synth to focus on and create patches from INIT. This year I picked an old favorite, U-He’s Zebra 2.

I’ve already got 70+ patches I’ve created throughout the years and a custom Lemur patch I made for the iPad. I’ll be focusing on adding expressive control to the existing patches and making new ones.

I’m also working on a Max for Live device that will allow me to modulate commonly used CCs such a Modulate, Aftertouch, Breath, as well as 4 X/Y pads without having to have a hardware controller. This will allow me to test these patches without having to pop open the Zebra interface which is quite handy for couch potato sessions.

Future Sound Set and Controller Bundle?

Perhaps I’ll package all this up into a bundle later on in the year. If you’d be interested in this, drop me a note through my contact form. You can also subscribe to Modulate This! by email if you want to following along in your inbox.

Past Works with Zebra 2

For now I’ll leave you with a few past songs I’ve created using Zebra 2.

“The Knowing and the Dark Mirror” from my album Fear Cannot Save Us.

4 Instances of U-HE Zebra using patches from my library Outpost Airlock which you can download for free here. Performed on Ableton Push 2.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 014 – “Replicant’s Lament“.

More details on this piece here.