With controllerism, DJs have adopted a mindset of constantly redesigning their setups to be lighter and more compact. Some DJs can get by on only a USB drive but others prefer the versatility of a controller. Bags and cases can make carrying a larger controller easier, it isn’t always the most convenient option. Livid Instruments is aiming to help DJs and producers looking for compact setups with their new Kickstarter for their next innovation, Minim.
Minim: A Pocket-Sized Wireless Instrument
Pocket-sized instruments have been popping up more recently with innovations like the Pocket Operator Synths. Livid Instruments’ Minim is made with a sleek and ergonomic design that allows producers to control their iOS apps, DAWs, software plug-ins, and MIDI effects. Minim comes packaged with a stand-alone app that is made to bridge 3rd party apps with Minim’s controls allowing the producer to use it as an instrument, sampler, sequencer, and anything else that can be programmed to a knob.
The device is built using touch and pressure sensitive controls, 3D motion sensors, and wireless connectivity abilities. The touch controls (15 RGB buttons and 8 pads) can be used to trigger samples and the pressure encoders allow for velocity controls to be programmed in addition to action controls. The 3D motion sensors can turn the device into a 3D effect controller, and it will also be able to connect to Macs and iOS devices wirelessly; no word yet on Windows and Android devices.
The device has an iPhone demeanor (similar to how the QuNeo was the size and shape of the iPad). With its sleek design and diverse controls, the Minim has the potential to be the artist’s pocket controller for on-the-fly jam sessions.
Livid launched Minim with a 30-day campaign on Kickstarter.com, and they’re seeking $40,000 to take Minim from the drawing board to production. Backers of the campaign are able to pre-order a Minim at a discounted rate or choose from a mix of other potential awards.