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Max For Live guru. I rely on the LED feedback to mirror Ableton Live's state without looking at the screen.
I use the Minim as a remote controller in
my live performance rig: Ableton Live, two
hardware synths, an audio interface, MIDI
patchbay, USB mixer controller, grid controller, Apple wireless keyboard (also
Bluetooth), and a Roger Linn Design
LinnStrument. I use the Minim to arm channels in Live to play softsynths or route MIDI
to hardware synths (changing sounds),
and control their respective volumes using
the Touch Slider. I also use the Minim to
turn effects on and off as needed, plus
trigger drum loops, MIDI patterns, and
even a few video clips, all without looking
at the laptop's screen. As part of one performance, I handed the Minim to an audience member to press either a "Yes or
No" button, triggering music and video as
part of my act. [It was a marriage proposal. She said Yes. I was there.-Ed.]
The Minim charges completely via
micro-USB connection in about an hour.
Livid claims it can hold a charge for 6
hours of constant use, but I was getting
8 or 9 hours without fail in rehearsals. It
stayed connected with my 2014 15"
MacBook Pro Retina the whole time, as
a Bluetooth MIDI device.
I managed to maintain a reliable signal
40 feet away (in line-of-sight) from my laptop in my home, which was very impressive. On stage, the Minim has worked
great during performances, but not without a few teachable moments. The first
was that human bodies aren't transparent
to Bluetooth! During rehearsals, I play sitting; during one performance, I stood
between the Mac and the Minim, which
resulted in a shortened distance before the
Minim dropped the connection.
Conveniently, the Minim flashes blue in the
top left corner button when the signal is
dropped, giving you a visual cue, and I
was able to reconnect in seconds due to
this conveniently thought-out feature.
The second lesson is that you'll lose
range if you're performing for a crowd
with hundreds of Bluetooth-enabled smartphones (the airwaves get crowded). Even
under the worst conditions, my Minim was
solid at up to 20' line-of-sight distance.
Otherwise I found the Minim to be bulletproof in practice, while allowing for
enough personalization to earn a place
in my rig. It's wireless, it's simple, it has a
small footprint, and it works."
Price: $129
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