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Gridlock: Grid Interface (M4L/MAX)
Gridlock provides an easy-to-use abstraction for using a number of grid based controllers from either inside M4L or standalone in a MAX application. All communications (to and from each supported device) are handled for you and a consistent message spec is provided for talking to each physical device.
Initially developed for the Launchpad, supported platforms are growing. Launchpad S, Launchpad Mini and Ableton Push are supported for both MAX and M4L, QuNeo is currently supported in MAX, and a number of Livid controllers are in development. For tablet users, Lemur and TouchOSC are fully supported and Mira will be landing in the not too distant future.
The target market for this product is two-fold:
1) Developers in MAX/M4L that wish to use one of the supported controllers without having to write the low-level code for interfacing to the controllers can use the exposed API. Anything developed will work with any of the supported controllers without having to worry about the ins and outs of each device.
2) Musicians can use the built-in functionality for configuring the controller to provide easy access to OSC/Midi based applications that they desire. Again, the control surfaces available to you are those currently supported by the application.
Currently Supported Hardware/Software
- Novation Launchpad/Launchpad S/Launchpad Mini
- Ableton Push
- Livid Ohm64/OhmRGB
- Livid Block
- Livid Base
- Receive updates from grid controller indicating which buttons have been pressed
- Send updates to grid controller to set button colour
- Configurable momentary value for holding buttons down
- Mini display to indicate which buttons are active/momentary
- Configuration editor for Matrix/Slider/Bend/XY/Monome modes
- User definable midi note/controller event for each grid cell/slider/bend
- Matrix mode: Mix a selection of momentary/toggle/4-way buttons - 4 banks are provided
- Slider mode: 4 banks of vertical/horizontal/inverted sliders.
- Bend mode: 4 banks of vertical/horizontal pitch bend like controls.
- XY mode: 4 banks of XY controls.
Each momentary/toggle can have it's own colour and own velocity
Each slider can have it's own colour and velocity
Add a +ve or -ve amount to a target
Each grid press sends out two controller values
- Flash support: 5 different rates of flashing assignable to each button for configurable visual feedback
- Button grouping: Group buttons together so that only one out of the group can be active at any time
- Switch seemlessly between modes, with all state being stored for each mode
- Fine control mode for Sliders, Bends & XY
- Attack/Decay for momentary and toggle switches
- Repeat functionality to repeat the action of a button at timed intervals, for a few times or forever
- Double click support (experimental)
- Monome emulation: See below
The latest version of Gridlock supports Push encoders and also provides the option of adding an external bank of endless encoders which can be incorparated into the controller to augment the functionality of a grid controller.
- Push encoders supported natively
- 8 banks for endless encoders (non-endless will be supported in an upcoming version)
- Encoders and XY pads provided on Lemur and TouchOSC
- Absolute and relative encoders supported
- Each encoder can be configured to send its own MIDI message
- Feedback supported for controllers that can display position information
With the increasing control options, set to build over time, a new Heads Up Display (HUD) has been provided. This allows a pop up display on your laptop to provide a quick reference to your current setup and what the grid is currently controlling. The HUD will track all changes you are making to Gridlock and can be resized as you wish to fit in with a screen layout for your performance play.
- Controller - Gridlock comes with a comprehensive configuration screen to tailor the operation of your controller (e.g. colour setup, MIDI mappings, button behaviour).
Each configuration can be saved and restored at a later date, and even set to autoload the next time Gridlock is started.
Additional settings for each instance consists of rotation, momentary time, refresh time and double-click time
- Application - application configuration covers OSC devices, Monome apps, number of controllers, IO plus other information which represents the guts of your setup, including which devices are allocated to which controller instances. Again, each app setup can be saved and restored at a later date.
Finally, an in-controller configuration system is available for changing behaviour on the fly. This will eventually be configurable so you can setup the controller exactly how it suits you.
- Additional flash rates
- Fully configurable menu system to set up your controller as you want it
- Additional modes:
- Selector mode
- n-way mode (n steps per button)
- Dual slider/bend mode
- Quad XY mode
- Mixed mode (Momentary/Toggle/4-Way/n-Way/Slider/Selector/Bend/Clip)
- Pad mode
- Velocity support
- Extended preset storage
- Non-endless encoder support - 8 banks
- Custom labels - replace all your MIDI mapping with human readable text
MN+ is a Monome emulator written on top of the base controller. Current supported functionality is:
- Monome 64/128/256 emulation
- 32/64 bit
- Support for manual configuration, zeroconf and SerialOSC protocols
- Support for 7 configured monome apps (this will be enhanced if there is enough interest)
- Configurable colouring at the grid cell level or by each 8x8 unit
- Support for varibrightness (intensity)
- 128/256 grids available on Lemur and TouchOSC
- Autoloading of Monome apps in MAX version
- GridLink support - use multiple controllers to create 128/256 surfaces
- Split large-frame surfaces into multiple apps, e.g. run 2x64, 1x128 apps on a 256 surface
The Monome community has a great number of open source contributors who provide an outstanding mix of quality applications that cover an enourmous amount of ground. If you use this app to use those applications, please consider leaving a little contribution to the programmers involved for the effort and passion that they put into their work :)
The main page for the Monome apps can be found at http://monome.org/docs/app.
Working on some new videos as we speak, until then here are a couple of videos demonstrating the Monome emulation portion of Gridlock.
Thanks to PJ for the demo vids
Thanks to novasnoa for demoing Kolorit on Gridlock
All donators will be added to the beta program upon request
This software is donationware. You are free to download and use it for personal, non-commercial use for free. PLEASE NOTE that the license does not include the right to distribute any portion of the software in your own commercial devices, or any modified code in non-commercial devices - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org in order to discuss this option.
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