Gestural motion control for musicians has gone from being ‘Minority Report’ fantasy to being an inexpensive reality in the last year.
The combination of the Leap Motion (about $80) and Geert Bevin’s Geco MIDI (about $10) creates a powerful gestural control system. But does gestural control, which looks cool in sci fi, deliver as a practical tool? Continue reading
Steinberg has introduced Cubase iC Air – a free system that brings gestural control to Cubase.
Cubase iC Air works with the Leap Motion controller or depth cameras developed using the Intel perceptual technology SDK 2013. It gives you the ability to control Cubase 7 and Cubase Artist 7 with the movement of your hands: adjust faders and EQ, navigate through arrangements, use transport controls.
You can use pre-defined gesture commands for transport control, navigation and more. You can also control virtually any parameter through Advanced Integration. Continue reading
This video, via Uriel Yehezkel, demonstrates using the Leap Motion controller & GECO MIDI to control Ableton Live with hand gestures.
Here’s what Yehezkel has to say about it: Continue reading
Developer Geert Bevin let us know that a new version of GECO is out, adding OSC output with customizable paths as well as full CopperLan output support.
CopperLan is a high-definition next generation music protocol that dramatically facilitates networked device communication and mapping.
With this release, you can now also configure per-axis boundaries with minimal and maximal limits. This allow you to reduce the travel distance if you want to perform smaller gestures and also to create ‘dead zones’ around the center where no data will be sent.
Here’s what’s new in version 1.1 vs the original release: Continue reading
Film composer Hagai Davidoff has created a unique system for ‘gestural orchestration’, based around the Leap Motion controller and GECO, Geert Bevin’s gestural MIDI app.
The combination allows Davidoff to use his left hand to interactively orchestrate the notes played with his right hand on a standard keyboard controller.
In the first half of the video, Davidoff discusses his custom setup. The performance demo starts at about 6 min into the video. Continue reading
This video, via djselarom, explores the idea of using the Leap Motion, along with the GECO gestural MIDI app, as a DJ controller for Traktor.
DJ SelArom is not using the Leap Motion as a replacement for a traditional DJ controller, but to augment it with new gestural controls.
Check it out and let us know what you think!