AMUP air is a DJ MIDI controller for Ableton Live. The way in which the switches and sensors from this controller are mapped to functionality within Live is a core element of the user experience. This mapping must feel intuitive for this device to deliver on my vision.
Therefore, before finalizing the Arduino sketches for each AMUP component, and in preparation for developing the Live MIDI script, I needed to think through the functionality that should be assigned to each and every switch and button (all 108 of them, including the monome).
There were several learnings from my experiences using the original version of AMUP that I wanted to address in this prototype. First off, I wanted to add direct feedback on the air panel to support the control of volume using the proximity sensor. Secondly, I realized that it was best to use a single scene selection controller for all tracks since this is not a track-specific function. Lastly, it became clear that I needed to have access to transport controls such as coarse and fine tempo, tempo nudge, and clip launch quantization.
I also wanted to expand the functionality provided by AMUP in several ways. First off, I added three potentiometers to support direct control of Live parameters such as the effects send for each track/channel. Next, I integrated support for multi-modal functionality using button pads with RGB leds. This enables using the potentiometers to control multiple different sets of parameters within Live, such as mixer and device settings associated to specific channel. Lastly, I integrated a monome into my AMUP set-up to enable me to control clip launch, track monitor and stop controls, and more.
Here is an overview of the functionality controlled by each component within the AMUP set-up. In the next couple of days I will create a post with the full MIDI map for this device.
The main console was designed to control several transport functions from Live, including clip launch quantization and tempo controls. It also features controls for the assignment of control pads one and two to one of the four tracks in Live.
The button pad was designed to control various parameters associated to the mixer, tracks, devices and clip loops. This component supports multi-modal functionality that enables the potentiometers to toggle between controlling mixer-related parameters such as eq and effects send, and device-related parameters that vary by device.
The air panel uses a proximity sensor to control Mixer functions such as the volume of an assigned track. In the future this sensor may also feature multi-modal functionality similar to the potentiometer on the button pad, so that it can control device functions.
The monome is the latest addition to the AMUP set-up. It is used to handle several transport functions, such as scene and track scrolling; and mixer functions, such as track monitoring. It also enables direct control of clips within a moveable 4 x 7 clip slot matrix.