Source Audio, innovative designers of the Hot Hand® 3 Wireless Effects Controller and Soundblox motion controlled effects, have released the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller. The Hot Hand USB delivers an entirely new method of dynamic control to live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Serato DJ, and others. Hot Hand bypasses traditional knobs and faders, allowing users to manipulate software parameters with wireless motion-control. It also integrates perfectly with DAW controllers like Ableton Push, Livid Instruments’ Base, or Native Instruments’ S2/S4.
Hot Hand USB consists of a wireless motion sensing ring and USB stick receiver. The lightweight ring contains a 3-axis accelerometer that detects hand movement and translates it to MIDI control messages. Both quick motions and gradual tilting create control signals that can be applied to any parameter to create effects like organic bass wobbles, filter sweeps, delay times, modulation, and beat repeats. The receiver plugs directly into any Mac or Windows PC, installs without drivers, and appears as a MIDI device. With the Hot Hand USB Editor (downloadable software, available at sourceaudio.net), users can assign the X, Y, or Z axes to control multiple parameters as well as adjust the range and sensitivity of the incoming MIDI signal. Users can operate up to four rings simultaneously and maintain wireless connections for up to 100 feet.
Hot Hand USB has already received high praise from notables in the electronic music scene. David Mash, Senior Vice President for Innovation, Strategy, and Technology at Berklee College of Music said, “Source Audio’s Hot Hand USB is a truly innovative wireless MIDI controller that allows me to easily manipulate and control many sonic parameters at once, through either subtle or obvious gestures. It is easy to set up, edit and configure, and allows me to use simple, natural movements to create musical nuance in my performances.” Vladimir Coman-Popescu (editor of Controllerism.com) said, “Hot Hand is insanely fun and versatile, and is now permanently part of my regular live setup. Finally, I can fist pump during my sets and have it actually do something to the sound!”
Widely acclaimed for bringing innovation into the world of guitar effects pedals, Source Audio was founded in January 2005 by former engineers, scientists, and executives of Analog Devices, Kurzweil Music Systems, and Thomas H. Lee Partners. In 2006 Source Audio released its flagship product, the Hot Hand Motion-Sensing Ring. Since that time, Source Audio’s distortion, filter, modulation and Hot Hand products have found their way onto the stages and recordings of David Bowie, Phish, My Morning Jacket, The Cure, and Adrian Belew to name a few. Source Audio was also recognized through multiple awards from Guitar Player, Guitar World, Bass Player, and Premier Guitar Magazines.
The street price of the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller is $119. It is available now. For more info and a list of authorized dealers, visit the Source Audio website.
See the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller in action here:
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