This series of videos, via DubSpot instructor Evan Sutton. takes a look at using Lemur for the iPad and making new control surfaces using the Lemur Editor.
Lemur Tutorial Part One:
In part one, basic setup of the Lemur and Lemur Editor are explained. To start, an Ad-Hoc network is created. Once the iPad running Lemur software is connected, it will automatically update with the changes made in the editor. As far as objects go, we’ll start with the Fader and MultiBall. A great thing about the Lemur is its physics engine, which we can use with both objects.
After MIDI is set up, it’s time to take a look at the Lemur Daemon. The Lemur Daemon brokers internal MIDI connections between incoming Lemur control signals and other programs running on your computer, such as Ableton Live. Here, we set up the connection manually.
The original Lemur was a hardware unit, introduced back in 2004. But the Lemur platform has achieved new popularity with the introduction of Lemur for iPad by Liine. Using the Lemur Editor, you can create custom interfaces for the Lemur.
Lemur Tutorial Part Two:
In the second installment of this two-part series, Dubspot Electronic Music Production and Sound Design instructor Evan Sutton explains and demonstrates how to use the Lemur software to control some parameters in a custom-built effects rack in Ableton Live.
First, we’ll connect the iPad to the Lemur Daemon using an Ad-Hoc WiFi network. After both the iPad and computer are connected to the same network, the Lemur Daemon is relatively simple to use. The Daemon will translate incoming Lemur messages from your iPad to MIDI that can be used in your DAW.
In Ableton’s MIDI preferences, select the appropriate Daemon Input. Enable MIDI Learn by hitting cmd+M on your keyboard. Now click on a parameter in Live, and move the object on the Lemur you’d like to control it. For faders, this is a relatively straightforward process, but for Lemur’s Multiball object, it can be helpful to move the ball to the bottom left corner so that you can be sure and learn only one axis at a time.
The Effects Rack in this Ableton Live set features Redux, two Auto Filters, Corpus, Chorus, Frequency Shifter, Beat Repeat, and Auto Pan. Additionally, there is a Reverb on Send A, and a Granular Delay on Send B. Many of the effects are set so that when the relevant fader is moved, the effect is engaged. When the fader for any of the effects is set to zero, the effect is bypassed.
Lemur is $49.99 in the App Store.