The tricky second album is always the mark of a band looking to succeed in a saturated market, for me at Isotonik i’d been dedicated to the APC40 for over a year with a constant flow of updates being sent out in those days via a hybrid Mailchimp & Dropbox affair. The question was what should i do next…
The answer came after doing some custom work for a range of artists that included Funkagenda, Breakage & Tensnake. It was the latter who convinced me that there was something worth pursuing with the whole Isotonik project when he credited me in Computer Music Magazine for creating his custom setup. It was a modest commission but it gave me the funds to get a LaunchPad (admittedly B-Grade stock) from the guys at DJ Tech Direct who to this day have continued to supply me with new buttons and sliders in a variety of different MIDI Controllers.
With the LaunchPad came a new challenge and indeed opportunity, as Ableton Live’s MaxforLive extension was (and still is to this day) relatively undocumented when it comes to Control Surface control the LaunchPad with it’s User 2 mode gave me a head start to adding functionality to the 8×8 grid of buttons.
It was the 8×8 nature, understandably inspired by the monome, that provided me with the idea to create a MAxforLive device that would give an additional 8 layers of functionality whilst leaving the factory options intact.
OktoPad was the result of those ideas, 8 pages of control, some of inbuilt effects in MaxforLive other direct control of Ableton Live through the API.
We’ve been promising to update it ever since, maybe one day our long time in development combination of OktoPush & OktoPad will finally see the light of day!MORE DETAILS – OKTOPAD