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Instead of using standard hardware controllers, Emulator is unlimited. Hardware controllers come with a fixed amount of features based on physical controls like knobs, buttons sliders etc. With Emulator you can create your controller with no limits.
With standard classic controllers you cannot change features when your preferred software advances and improves. After evolution of your software tool, no matter how complete your controller is when you start, you will begin to have missing features, you loose the control in very short time.
With our software you can always continue changing your controller, you turn yourself in your own controller designer, where there is no limits to what you can create. The software includes all common standard objects like sliders, knobs, modulation pads, encoders and more! Emulator also runs on extended desktop mode; a great feature for running multiple instances of our software in multiple screens or leaving your main screen free for any application you want!
Hardware controllers are not built the way they used to be. All hardware controllers are made to be available at a cheap price reducing the build quality and the durability.
No matter what brand you plan to buy, the reality is that after a relative short time of usage the buttons, sliders knobs, and also the silkscreen of your hardware controller will be damaged, generating a non desired look and behavior.
Hardware controllers are affected by ambient conditions like cigarette smoke, fog machines, powder, liquids, outdoor conditions, etc. A touch screen is a device with extremely high endurance compared to any hardware device and our software takes full advantage of that fact.
Using emulator with our hardware or with any glass capacitive touch device or optical touch, you have a controller with an extremely long life.
Emulator is the only touch-screen software that can merge the software to be controlled with the touch interface making a software feel like it was natively designed for use with multi-touch. Our patent-pending technology allows this wonderful feature.
Touch screens have one negative side, you do not have tactile feedback in your fingers. You cant feel sliders buttons or knobs so this means that you have to look at your interface in order to touch a button or move a slider. While this is not really a big problem, but it becomes so when you need to look at your DJ or DAW software and your touch surface simultaneously. For example in live performance, you may need to study your wave form in Traktor and apply an effect or loop at an exact moment, fire a clip in Ableton, trigger a transition in Resolume or change a lighting cue in GrandMA.
Unless you have super human peripheral vision, this becomes an impossible task and therefore touch screens impose this uncomfortable limitation. Our patent-pending technology fixes this trouble by merging the native interface of your preferred software with the controller interface you create or choose from our template library. You have all the power of your performance tool under your eyes and touch!
iPad and android devices are really great state of art devices, but are they really comfortable for real use? The answer is not really. The 10 inch size screen or less of most of these devices seriously limits the number and size of controls you can add and handle with your fingers in a comfortable and reliable way.
Using Emulator with any Windows touch device 13”, 15”, 17” or gorgeous 27” like the Lenovo A720, Dell XPS One 27 or SmithsonMartin hardware, represent an incredibly comfortable working surface of big controls for easy and reliable usage.
We know that most DJ’s and digital performers use Macs and we have a Mac solution. Windows 7 and now Windows 8 provide incredibly good performance and reliability. The years of XP and the Blue Screen of Death are in the past if you use a good quality PC. We will not pretend to evangelize Windows or the PC world, but the reality is in more than 2 years, our current users have been using Emulator software with no crashes or problems using Windows 7 and now 8.
As of January 1, 2013 you can now use Emulator under native OSX!!! The native OSX Emulator version runs on our dedicated hardware; Emulator Dual View System (DVS), Kontrol Surface 1974 (KS-1974) and The Monster. For example, you would need 4 iPads side by side, in order to cover the same surface area as our portable KS-1974.
Our easy to use control editor gives you unlimited options for you create your dream MIDI interface. You can design the touch interface directly on the touch screen device with a mouse like a PRO designer or you can also design your interfaces without any touch device.
Instead of making you wait for a year or more to access to a new version with new features, we offer an affordable and more flexible model to our users to access new features immediately. You never have to wait for updates and new features again.
Immediately after accessing your subscription, you can activate the software and access the new features and bug fixes. We provide constant and frequent updates!
But that’s not all! We are constantly working on new software products, and with our subscription model you can access these new products sooner and will allow you to download the new software without any extra fees.
- Completely customizable multi-touch midi controller
- Instant free upgrades as new features are added
- Access to Emulator Community & Private forums
- Unlimited support
- 10% discount on all SmithsonMartin hardware
*OSX version is available with our hardware, Windows version can be used with any Windows 7 and 8 multi-touch device!
GrandMA 2, Venue Magic, WYSIWYG, Martin Show Designer, Softplot, MyDMX, Light Jockey, ShowXpress, DasLight, Chamsys, Chameleon, Madrix, Compushow
Lasers: Pangolin, X-Laser, iShow, ILDA Laser Control
Cakewalk, ProTools, Ableton, Reason, Kore, FL Studio, Sonar Pro, Acid, Bitwig (soon we hope)
Resolume, Arkaos Grand VJ, M1 (PRG), d3 Technologies, Hippotiser, VDMX, MadMapper, Modul8, PCDJ, Virtual DJ, Mixvibes
Pro Audio (DAWs)
Ableton, Reason, Nuendo, Logic, ProTools, Cubase, Acid, Pro, Cakewalk, Soundforge, Yamaha PM5D, Digidesign, VFX Pro Audio iLive,
DJ Applications: Traktor, Ableton, Virtual DJ, Mixvibes, ProDJ, MixMeister, PCDJ, PCDJ Karaoke
And many more!!!
* NOTE: Due to the way Serato midi-maps controllers, Emulator will not work with Serato.
Suggested non SmithsonMartin Hardware:
And any Multi-Touch PC !
APPLE MAC OSX
We invite to you to try Emulator for Free!
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SmithsonMartin Inc. is the World’s leader in multi-touch control applications for the music, recording industry and professional lighting industries. Our principles have experience in professional lighting and DJ as well as production and live events. Every product we produce has real world application and testing.