I want an ultra small controller for sound design purposes. I travel a lot for work and often find myself in airports and in coach seats with obviously not a lot of room for a controller and a laptop out.
I'd like to have a controller that I can map to Massive or Serum or other VSTs, and have layouts or "banks" that allow me to use the controller interface in ways like this
Layout 1: Oscillators - the ui of the device is mapped to Massive's Oscillators
Layout 2: Filters - the ui of the device is mapped to Massive's Filters
and so on.
Here are my questions:
confirming you can use Light Blocks / Dev Kit from Roli to make a midi controller for use with Ableton, yes?
Massive runs without a DAW host and can have midi devices mapped to it directly. Can Blocks control Massive directly, or is a DAW necessary?
Will I need to program anything in Max for Live to make this work? What's the role of Max for live / necessity for this to work?
In my airplane scenario, I'd prefer to have just LightBlock plugged into a laptop... so
- can I use it as a controller that's plugged in, instead of using Midi over Bluetooth?
- can I program the Light Block to respond to "gestures" to enable me to switch layouts (e.g., not have to use the button block for this purpose)
can the button block be used to switch layouts on the Light Block (for when I'm not on a plane)
Is an iPad required for any coding development or for any purpose in this midi controller-to-VST scenario I am looking to do? I don't have an iPad or any iOS devices, got rid of all of mine, and am an Android dude.
Sorry so long. This is way cool. Hope it can meet my needs!