An Customizable iPad App Designed with Live Performance in Mind
There are no shortage of iPad apps for music making on the market. Even Ableton Live controller apps have carved a niche in the iTunes store. There are many really great ones, Touchable, Lemur, and LivKontrol all come to mind, and each offer something unique that makes them worth the purchase. If you want some recommendations, check out my list of AfroDJMac-approved apps. Only the stuff I like and actually use make the cut.
Conductr is one of the newer players on the Ableton Live controller app scene. Where many of the other offerings pack attempt to give you control of nearly every feature in Live, Conductr allows you to add control only to the parameters you want to manipulate. Conductr allows you to create your own customized modules that contain only the stuff you want, and the rest is left behind. My personal favorite feature, and one unique to Conductr is the Gestural Mode. This mode promises control without the need to look at the iPad. You can set up four parameters that are controlled by swiping one, two, three, or four fingers across your iPad. This way you don't have to look at the iPad to make sure you are touching in exactly the right place. Conductr can tell what you want it to do based on how many fingers you touch it with. Very cool! As an actual user, the folks at Conductr have been kind enough to include me on their artist page, check it out.
Below is a very thorough, 3 part review of Conductr from Ableton Live Expert. Check it out and then download Conductr, it's free!