We have seen some pictures on their instagram this week but as of yesterday Livid Instruments have introduced Base, their latest Midi controller. Base: a new foundation for all your creative productions. Combining the technology of drum machines and touch screens, Base delivers a sleek new pressure-sensitive surface that doubles up the MPC’s fabled 16 pads and opens up your hands to freely mix. With 32 pressure-sensitive pads, nine touch sliders, eight touch-sensitive buttons, and eight momentary buttons there’s plenty of controls to play and control your set.
Illuminated throughout with RGB lights and a simple character display, Base provides plenty of novel ways to give you feedback for playing drums, synths, loops, step sequencing, changing presets, and even navigating your set. Customize all the settings and internal presets using the Base Editor web application to best fit your workflow with your favorite DAW, VST, plugin, or application.
More Than A Fader
The touch faders on Base offer a lot more than your traditional analog fader. The LED feedback keeps you updated with the current value, and can adapt when you dynamically reassign the faders to your software. But these faders can also deliver a note and velocity when you touch them, potentially acting as a switch for instantly engaging effects, or playing a sound when you touch the fader. And because you can access any value at any time, you can instantly jump to new values as well as make smooth, continuous changes.
When we set out to make our first pressure-sensitive controller, we wanted to give musicians more than just a way to make a drum louder. Pressure is the original modulator, whether it’s from breathing through a saxophone or a feathery touch on a violin string.
With 32 pressure sensitive pads, Base breaks open new possibilities for playing drums and synths, and new capabilities for squeezing new sounds from your existing gear. Set up a bass synth next to the drum pads so you can access more of your production at once. Turn off the notes on some pads, and use the CC values from “aftertouch” for modulating filters and effects. Setup four mini-kits at fixed velocities to give you the exact sound you need for your production. Because the Base is completely editable, you can reconfigure it for new creative possibilities.
We Leave The Moving To You
With no moving parts, the Base puts the “solid” in solid state. An all-aluminum body and extruded aluminum frame makes it extra sturdy and exceptionally sleek. A rubber-coated bezel adds strength and comfort to the faceplate. No sliders to bend, no knobs to catch: at under an inch thick and a face that‚Äôs probably smaller than your laptop, Base goes in and out of your bag from studio to show.
• Dimensions 10.25” x 11”x 0.75”
• Weight 3 lbs
• Completely editable with on board presets
• Works with anything that supports MIDI learn
• 32 velocity / pressure sensitive pads with aftertouch
• 9 touch faders with multiple LED modes
• 8 touch buttons
• 8 function buttons
• All controls have RGB lights
• USB powered and class compliant (no drivers needed)
• Constructed from high quality aluminum and rubber.
• Design and assemebled in Austin, TX