Version 1.0 of Synth and Drum STEPP:R for Ableton Live has been released for CNTRL:R. Launched in February as a joint effort between Richie Hawtin, his Minus record label, and Livid Instruments, the CNTRL:R MIDI control surface proves a powerful packed control.
The inclusion of two step-sequencers designed for Ableton Live in Max for Live that are seamlessly integrated with intuitive control over a Live session, broke new ground for electronic music controllers.
The new versions build on the sophisticated sequencers by adding Rules and an Automator to provide multi-bar variation in one 16-step sequence. These new features create the possibility of up to 16 unique measures, all programmable from the CNTRL:R’s encoders and buttons. “The response we’ve gotten from our first release has been great, but we knew there was more we could do with this format,” says Peter Nyboer, Livid’s Director of Software. “Sixteen steps is great in the right hands for minimal techno, but with these new features, we think more musicians working in more genres will begin to understand the elegant beauty of step sequencing.”
The Livid Drum Stepp:r and Synth Stepp:r are free downloads and require Ableton Live 8.2.6 and above and Max For Live. No CNTRL:R required, but it provides the best experience!