An Ableton Live user by the name of Sté True has built, in my opinion, one of the most tactile controllers for Live that I have ever seen, as part of his thesis for his Bachelor Degree in Engineering. There are two controllers, an EQ module and the Session Controller; however, it’s the Session Controller that I’m most interested in. Take a look at the demonstration video:
Here’s what Sté has to say about the controllers:
“In a nutshell, The Ableton Session Controller focuses on the selected channel in Live and follows it, ensuring an efficient workflow as no mapping or bank-shifting is needed. It targets Mixing/Mastering (Panning, arm, mute, solo, 4 Sends, volume, DIM, magic encoder, prev/next track, Cue point management) and Editing (Scroll, Zoom, modifier keys, transport keys, most used editing moves, view changes, etc).
It also adds extra functionalities to Ableton (un-mute, un-solo, un-arm all tracks + The ‘Sender’ + variable DIM + Channel Lock + Cue point list + others).
The EQ and Dynamic Units also follow the mouse to recognise and auto-map their 52 parameters to stock, VST and Audio Unit plug-ins. They allow custom sensitivity for every single VST parameter and custom default values to jump to, for a tactile and efficient workflow.”
Sté advises us to comment on the video if we’re interested in purchasing these controllers and if enough people are interested, he’s going to approach a company to try and get more of them made. A Kickstarter campaign may be more beneficial for acquiring backers and the necessary financial support, but it would mean Sté has to build these devices by hand unless he can find a suitable manufacturer. Either way, please comment to show your support if you’re interested.