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  • Livid Instruments Unveils Ohm MIDI Performance Instrument

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    Livid Instruments, originators of real-time video instruments announces Ohm (http://lividinstruments.com/hardware_ohm.php), their latest hardware instrument. Ohm is a real-time MIDI control surface designed to give digital audio and video performers an innovative interface for performance and presentation.

    Ohm is a custom built instrument for a new breed of digital artist. "We have spent the past couple of years designing the ultimate performance instrument," explains Livid President Jay Smith. "Ohm fills the hardware void for digital artists seeking hardware instrumentation for their software instruments. We designed this to give the VJ, DJ, Musician, and digital artist real hands-on control." Smith goes on to explain, "Innovative audio and VJ software has revolutionized the way music and video is produced, but the lack of real hardware instruments to control these software's have limited performance. We aim to free artists from relying on their laptops alone, and give them the controllers they need to bring physical expression back into performance."

    Livid custom manufactures their controllers with the same techniques used in traditional instrument building. The Ohm is designed for performance and features a bank of thirty-six buttons centrally located over a DJ style cross fader, eight faders with button triggers, ten rotary knobs, twelve function buttons, and a BPM tap button. Ohm offers easy USB connectivity and also has a standard MIDI out connector for both digital and analog MIDI integration. All of the controls on the instrument are fully LED backlight for performance.

    Ohm includes a free, fully functional copy of the all-new Livid Union 2.5 VJ software, completely integrated to match the controls of the instrument. Ohm also comes with demo versions of audio software titles Ableton Live, and FLStudio for complete audio and video performance. Ohm also makes an ideal companion for hardware such as analog synthesizers, video mixers, DJ software, lighting equipment, and other musical instruments.

    The Ohm is available in two models, handcrafted mahogany and rugged rackmount metal. The wood model is ideal as a portable instrument and studio controller, while the metal model provides a convenient 5u rack-mount design for easy rack integration. The Ohm can purchase it directly from lividinstruments.com for an introductory price of $790.

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