Please note: the VMeter is now out of production. We may do another run if there's enough interest, but for now there is no eta. Please let us know if you're interested and if we get enough people, we'll do a crowd sale supported run.
If you're an owner, don't worry, we're still offering full support.
Did you know? The VMeter is fully opensource, from software through hardware. Feel free to build your own, modify, or use the design as part of another instrument!
VMeter™is a USB MIDI touch strip that provides nuanced musical control and visualization for DJs and other laptop musicians.
Blue LEDs react to volume, touch or MIDI. The versatile touch strip is actually several controllers in one, giving you new ways to "play" effects and tracks.
Multiple controllers in one provide anything from simple track fader to sophisticated virtual instrument controller.
Outputs include position, pressure, touch/release, note on/off, pitch wheel... Details
The VMeter is a class compliant USB MIDI Device, which means that just about all software can receive data from it. Some software does not send data back out, so mouse changes to faders and automation don't playback on all software.
Serato: Any software knob, more through xml midi maps. (requires approved Serato controller to unlock MIDI control) Tracktor: Everything! Metering out, input control, multiple vmeters. tutorial Ableton Live: Control any knob, VU Meter output with special plugins. LMMS: Control any knob, fader or instrument. VMeter --> LMMS only. Torq DJ Software: Full bi-directional support + VU outputs. Reason: Control any knob or fader, VMeter --> Reason only. Cockos Reaper: Anything can be controlled via Actions, visual feedback only for MIDI track recordings. Sonar X1: Control any knob or fader, VMeter --> Sonar only. New: can be used as a visual metronome. Logic Pro: Control any knob or fader, VMeter --> Logic only. Cubase: Full bi-directional support, limited VU Meter. Presonus Studio One: Full bi-directional support. Automation and mouse-changes show up on VMeter(s). Resolume (Video DJ Software): Control any knob or fader, VMeter --> Resolume only. Pitch wheel mode not supported. ProTools: Very minimal support. The fader controller numbers are hard-coded to 33-40, and pans on those tracks are hard-coded to 17-24. Some plugins let you "learn" a mapping, but not all plugins. No output back to VMeter(s). GarageBand: Extremely minimal support. Volume and Pan control over currently selected track only. Standard Keyboards: Unless your manual specifically says "USB Host", it's very unlikely that you can plug in a VMeter directly. However, the Kenton MIDI USB Hostbridge is an option.
Volume control for PC / MAC: Hardware version A can be "downgraded" to our original firmware that let's the VMeter act as a volume control on a computer. Contact us if you'd like it.
"I assigned it to one track in Logic, using the location on the strip to control the panning like a pot, and the touch sensitivity to control the spread of the signal. It was pretty awesome! It's part of my toolbox now."
-Bob Lukomski, composer
"I use mine with orchestral libraries and the ability to simultaneously adjust expression and other parameters (for example Vibrato depth with LA Scoring Strings) is fantastic... I know lots of film composers who get very frustrated with the limitations of the Mod wheel."
height without feet: .36" +- .02in (9.1mm), with feet: .47" +- .02in (11.9m)
touch length: about 4.13" (105mm)
Synthonie from Bonn, Germany, presents the MUSITAR.
thanks to Lyle H, a config editor for the VMeter is now available on AmigaOS4
Stephen G's home studio. "...the perfect accompaniment to the other controllers. Carefully resting on it’s own aluminium and leather stand - the best way to get a modulation wheel with a decent piano action"
Customer testimonial from Darrel: "I use the vMeter as either a mod wheel or pitch bender for virtual instruments hosted in Cubase 5. My Yamaha S90 keyboard controller has it's wheels mounted in a difficult to reach place and having the vMeter hard mounted to the left end of my computer keyboard tray is perfectly ergonomic for when I'm playing VSTi's. I'm a realtime player not a "draw the notes on the screen" kind of guy so being able to control vibrato or other expressive parameters is key. I also really like the feel of the vMeter as well as the visual feedback. It's just a truly elegant controller. :)"
Having sold out for a while due to some large distributor orders, we've finally got stock again! Film composer Jon Wygens also gave us some great feedback on being able to use position and pressure at the same time.