Pimp my controller !
Many of us spend time to adjust every little detail of our sound card, our D.A.W., our computer…
But our MIDI controllers? Can we change something and make it more personal?
Yes ! We can customize our equipment.
From simple skin to custom paint, everything is possible but will vary greatly depending on your budget. For this article, the paint will not be approached and will be a very special post soon.
The “Skin” is the most affordable but also the most practical solution. If for example, you want your NI Maschine in red, but a few weeks or months later, it no longer suits you and that blue for example, would be better …
A “skin” can be removed without a trace. Paint is another story…
Buttons, knobs and faders
The buttons, knobs and faders can also be replaced. A clever arrangement of different colors can be a great help when doing live performances for example.
Idea for live performance, turn red buttons that act directly on the sound, the less important features orange and yellow navigation functions (zoom, next pattern …)
A very important tool yet often overlooked, the “skin” for computer keyboard. Having hotkeys under the eyes is a huge time saver and above it avoids many errors.
The cables are often the source of much discussion about their quality but also their sound characteristics.
We will not dwell here on the performance of cables but on the fact that having colored cables can also be a gain, not artistic, but financial.
Many artists have this problem, after a performance, it lacks a cable … Often remained connected to the sound system of the hall where we played or sometimes in the hands of a sound engineer who was present at the event and put everything away after the show without being too attentive …
A good cable still costs 20 to 60 euros… If you lose a cable at each venue of your tour and you have 15 dates …
Also, with colored cables, it is possible to create an easily identifiable way between your machine and the sound system and recover quickly after all your performance.
Knobs for Touch Devices
Your tablet or smartphone can also be customized with the “Tuna Knobs” … Very interesting if you develop your own control interfaces with Liine Lemur or Touch OSC.
CHROMA CAPS / CHROMA CABLES
TUNA KNOBS (For Touch devices)
KB Covers (Ableton, Logic Pro X, Digital Performer, Pro Tools)
Editors Keys (Ableton, Cubase, Logic Pro X, Presonus Studio One, Pro Tools, Reason, Sonar)
Logic Keyboard (Ableton, Adobe Audition, Logic Pro X, Pro Tools, Sonar, Finale, Digital Performer, Cubase, Nuendo)