Ableton Live Controller Gets Smart XY Pad, Performance Tweak

touchAble 1.2 Adds 'Multi Dots XY Pad'      23/04/11

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touchAble has updated their namesake iPad controller for Ableton Live to version 1.2. 

touchAble 1.2 introduces a multi dots XY pad with:

  • Up to 4 Dots at once - each with their own X, Y & Z Parameters.
  • Choose the dots X, Y & Z Parameters from All of Lives Mixer & Device.
  • Easy parameter assignments through the config menu.
  • Set direction & force of gravity and bouncing mode individually for each dot.
  • Record the dots movements - loop, reverse or cut them till they fit your needs.
  • Play them back as automations - quantized and in complete sync with Ableton Live.
  • Save automations and parameter assignments to the database within touchAble and exchange them with other iPads and Users via iTunes.
  • Save snapshots of the dots positions:
  • Hold, Stop & Morphing mode
  • Set morphing length & which of the are dots affected by snapshots.

Other new features and improvements:

Device Module:

The Control elements on the FX8 & FX32 View now switch their behavior & style depending on the parameter they control. 

Possible styles are: Toggle, Multitoggle, Fader & centered Fader.

This will work with Lives devices & all M4L Devices.

Added 'Snap' mode: 

You can activate the Snap mode per device with the 'snap' button in the Menu to the right. 

If enabled, the control elements will snap back to their original value once you lift your finger. 

To change the original value of the parameters: disable Snap mode - tweak the device to your needs and enable Snap mode again to jump back to these values at the end of your touches.

New optional settings:

Added Relative Fader mode for devices

Added possibility to disable scene launch buttons.

Added OneTap Recording:

Newly recorded clips will automatically be of the same length as the currently set Launch Quantization. This enables you to tap on an empty slot once to start recording and have it loop automatically after the set amount of time.


Decreased latency and increased throughput to Live substantially. 

Performance increased throughout the app. 

TouchAble App for iPad is available worldwide exclusively through the iTunes App Store :

Pricing and Availability

touchAble is available now for $24.99 in the App Store. 


James Lewin
Twitter @podcasting_news


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