Novolution has announced a new matrix MIDI controller for Ableton Live, the GridPad Ten x Eight, that promises to “let you break free from the 4/4 routine”.
The Ten x Eight, pronounced “ten X eight”, is unique in that it features a grid of eight rows with ten buttons, instead of the standard eight by eight layout.
“Not only does it let you break free from the 4/4 routine,” says Novolution CEO Fallacia Holiday,”the GridPad Ten x Eight gives you 25% more buttons than other controllers.”
The key benefit of the Ten x Eight is that it’s a natural fit for music in 5/4.
“When I was doing the Mission Impossible Techno Remix, I was constrained by the tools of the time, and I had to turn Lalo Schifrin’s classic theme into a disco dance track.” says early user Moby. “Now that Novolution has introduced the GridPad Ten x Eight, I’ll be able to realize my original vision for the song.”
Novolution has drawn up plans for additional controllers, according to the company’s CEO.
“We’d like to put out a larger GridPad Fourteen x Eight,” says Holiday. “Have you ever noticed that nobody’s ever remixed Pink Floyd’s Money? We’ve got the technology to fix that.”
Pricing and release date are TBA.