Introducing the Jumpinator, the latest device in the Maxinator Collection. The Jumpinator lets you use a set of button controls to easily jump between 8 values on a continuous control. It is optimized to work with a Launchpad--either by itself or with the Launchpad Mashinator--but it works with any MIDI-mappable controller, especially if you use it with the Midimashinator or with a controller that supports momentary-type buttons.
Say you want to control the Grid dial in the Beat Repeat device. You map the Jumpinator to a parameter in Live to the Grid dial. Then you assign the Jumpinator to a row on your Launchpad or map it to the controller of your choice. Adjust the trigger values as you see fit. Now when you press the Launchpad buttons (or your controller-of-choice's buttons/knobs), the Grid control will jump to the specified value. This makes it easy to jump from 1/32 repeats to 1/4 repeats to 1/16 simply by pressing buttons.
Here's a quick overview of the controls:
The best way to learn the device is to throw it on an audio track and select your Launchpad in the Control Surface Selector. Map the Jumpinator to the parameter you want to control using the Main Parameter Mapping section. Then start playing. I think it is pretty self-explantory, and the Info View in Live contains relevant details.
The Global Parameter Mapping is the same feature as on other Maxinator devices. You map it to a parameter and it fires every time one of the triggers is activated. If you're using Jumpinator on an Auto Filter, then the Global Parameter Mapping could be used to activate the Auto Filter device itself while the main parameter is mapped to the frequency. This way the device is only turned on when you hit the trigger.
While the Launchpad optimizations are useful, I find myself using it more in Manual Operations with the Launchpad Mashinator. One of the button rows on my Launchpad will be controlled by the Mashinator, and then I map two or three of the Mashinator parameters to Jumpinator jump triggers.
If you don't have a Launchpad, then I strongly recommend that you use a controller that features momentary buttons. Toggle buttons work, but they are confusing. If your controller doesn't support momentary buttons but does send MIDI notes, then use the Midimashinator. The Midimashinator will interpret MIDI note on and off data from your controller as momentary button data.
Enjoy the device, and let me know how it works.