Source Audio have released the Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller, a wireless (duh) motion-sensing ring and USB stick receiver.
The Hot Hand USB is gives the musician a new method of dynamic control of DAWs or in live-performance software like Ableton Live, Traktor, Reason, Serato DJ, and Logic/MainStage. It bypasses the knobs and faders of the traditional controller, allowing users to manipulate software parameters, on three axes, with wireless motion control. The Hot Hand also integrates with DAW controllers like Ableton Push, Livid Instruments’ Base, or Native Instruments’ Traktor Kontrol S2/S4.
How does it work?
The glowing blue ring contains a 3-axis accelerometer that detects the user’s hand movement, and translates it to MIDI control messages. 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 USB receiver resembles a Flash drive, and plugs directly into any Mac or Windows PC, installs without drivers, and appears to the computer as a MIDI device.
With the downloadable Hot Hand USB Editor software, users can assign the X, Y, or Z axes (side-to-side, up-and-down, in-and-out hand movements) 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 (30.5 m).
In the demo video, above, the musician using the Hot Hand controller manipulates filter frequency on the bass along the X axis, controls filter frequency on the arpeggios on the Y axis, and controls octaves on the Z axis. Stick around for the silly stuff in the last 30 seconds of the demo video.
Pricing and Availability. The Hot Hand USB Wireless MIDI Controller is available now, and is priced at $119 US. For product specs, more information and a list of authorized dealers, visit Source Audio’s website.