New App, Cut Glove, Turns Xbox 360 Controller Into A Musical Instrument


Rodrigo Constanzo has introduced Cut Glove – a new Max patch that turns an XBox 360 controller into a live sampling and performance instrument.

Cut Glove was inspired by video games, and contains mappings based on video game mechanisms and metaphors. Additionally, the patch has MIDI learn functionality built in, so every parameter can be mapped to any MIDI controller.

Here’s a video demo of Cut Glove in action, being used to deconstruct the sound of a Double Bass:

“A big part of the interest for me, writing a patch around a gamepad, is my background in playing video games,” explains Constanzo. “Most video games have quite deep, complex, and rich mapping schemes that become internalized quickly. That approach is taken in the mapping scheme here.”

See Constanzo’s site for details.

6 thoughts on “New App, Cut Glove, Turns Xbox 360 Controller Into A Musical Instrument

  1. Saying that this is a “midi controller” really bugs me. First of all, so the sampling, looping and effecting bespoke software is a “midi controller” too?

    It’s pretty insane software, coupled with a game controller that makes this happen. The whole thing is an instrument, hardware AND software.

  2. great, he also did a fantastic job with “the Party Van” for the Monome, and all for free. thanks and keep up the good work!

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