What is it?
As well as being an object of pure desire, the Ohm64 is also a fully customisable, hand-built MIDI controller. Using something of a hybrid layout, it houses a central grid of trigger buttons flanked by an asymmetrical collection of rotaries and faders.
Mappings are available for Ableton Live and Traktor, and a bustling community of developers has expanded the functionality of the Ohm64 with custom Max/MSP/M4L scripts and mappings. Everything about the Ohm64 is tweakable, from the MIDI signal of every button - via dedicated mapping software - right up to the LED colours and finish of the wood (when ordering).
What can I do with it?
The central matrix should massively appeal to the Ableton DJ, and the aforementioned collection of scripts will only amplify its appeal. Advanced maps for Traktor enable you to access a variety of custom setups right away, or of course you can make your own.
By dividing the grid into quarters you can have transport and effect controls close to hand in a 4-deck set-up, and there are plenty of faders to allow for complete mixer control when no hardware mixer is available - or desired. The lack of jog wheels doesn't mean you need to auto-sync, either; assign faders to control pitch and you have a manual mixing option.
Read Livid Instruments Ohm64 review