The CNTRL:R is a contemporary MIDI performance instrument for creative music production. Housed in a lightweight aluminum body, this controller is ideal for live performance and studio production. Create rhythms, sequence and perform drums, launch clips, mix tracks, and have complete control over your performance with the CNTRL:R's advanced set of features. High quality faders, push button encoders, rotary knobs, expression pedal inputs, and keypads backed with RGB lights give you all the controls you need for an interactive performance. With scripts available for Ableton Live and NI Traktor, the CNTRL:R meets the needs of anyone looking to perform electronic music. The CNTRL:R is designed and hand crafted in Austin, TX.
The CNTRL:R was designed over a one and a half year period with electronic music pioneer Richie Hawtin and the artists on M_Nus records. The controller is designed to provide a high quality controller sized small enough to fit into a backpack, but large enough for extensive hands-on control. The instrument has all of the essential controls for music creation and can be adapted to many different software and styles. The sequencer section of the controller can be set to create sequences and grooves, or control cue points and triggers. The central 4x4 keypad can launch clips, play drums, and control functions. The fader and knobs are ideal for channel strip controls, device control, EQ, and effects. The CNTRL:R is totally programmable and adaptable to any software that supports MIDI.
In collaboration with electronic music pioneer and creator of the M_Nus label Richie Hawtin, the CNTRL:R comes out of years of experience playing and performing live and the evolution of music production controller technology. Along with the design team at Livid and the artists at M_Nus records, they created a controller to meet the demanding needs of the performing artist. After a brief meeting in 2009, Richie and Livid started brainstorming on an all around portable, yet powerful device for creating, producing, and performing electronic music. The body is constructed from light weight aluminum and is small enough to fit in a carry-on bag with only a single USB cable needed to perform. All of the essential controls along with the expansion jacks give you everything you need for even the most demanding situations.
The CNTRL:R uses only the highest quality fader, encoders, knobs, and pads. The colorful RGB backlit buttons provide endless possibilities for feedback and allow you to create your own intuitive mappings. Standard MIDI jacks let you integrate it with other analog and digital gear,as well as controlling additional computers. Expansion jacks allow you to connect additional devices such as foot controlled expression pedals, XPC expansion controllers, sensors, accelerometers, and other analog controls. Our Builder series BYOB boards can also be easily integrated for a totally customized and modular setup.
Constructed from black aluminum with a extremely durable protective coating, the CNTRL:R was designed for expressive tactile control. Every detail was taken into consideration when designing the controller, from the soft touch rubberized knobs to the responsive keypads. Each instrument is completely home grown and carefully hand crafted in our Austin, Texas facility.
The CNTRL:R is an adaptable controller that can be used with any software that supports MIDI. The multicolor LEDs and buttons have two way communication that allow it to talk to the software, and the software to control the LEDs. A growing library of template and scripts are available for Ableton Live, and Native Instruments' Traktor. The CNTRL:R is completely reprogrammable and can be edited using the CNTRL:R editor on Mac and Windows.
The CNTRL:R was specifically designed to fit into a backpack for a completely portable setup. With a size of 14.25" L X 9.75" W x 1.75" H it's small enough to fit in a carry-on case with the rest of your gear.
The CNTRL:R is designed to be a complete performance device. The quality of the controls, the size, and the adaptability make it the ultimate instrument for the modern electronic musician.
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