For the past twenty years, Starr Labs
has been producing high-end MIDI
guitar and keyboard synthesizer controllers. Now, we have created our
breakthrough Ztar Clipper controller that features an interactive,
full-color LED fingerboard and wireless connection to Ableton Live for
ease of accessibility and complete freedom of movement while performing.
Clipper is a compact, portable and programmable LED-lit fingerboard
that can remotely run an Ableton Live session. With 144 touch-sensitive
buttons you can record and play a Live set in one area and perform
guitar, bass, drums, add Live beat-repeats, whatever, in another area of
You can now record and play clips into the Live
Session View interface and control Live at the tips of your fingers
while you're moving across the stage or interacting with your audience.
The Clipper’s Lightboard offers 32,000 colors and can match the colors
from the Live session running in your computer, and completely
wirelessly when the AirPower option is installed.
LED fingerboard controller is also very versatile and can easily be
programmed to display text messages, JPEGs, and animations. In addition
to that, you can set up separate colored zones on the fingerboard to
play bass, drums, piano, or any sounds using Live while connecting to
hardware synths via MIDI.
Gaining more popularity in the
electronic music genre, Ztar fingerboard controllers are a welcome
alternative for Electronic Music performers who want to interact with
their audience. Noteworthy clientele include Pendulum and Excision as
well as the Chemical Brothers, Linkin Park, Maroon5, Vernon Reid, Bob
Weir, Lou Reed and many others. Electronic musicians and DJs can now
better express themselves and interact with the audience with this
advancement in MIDI controllers.
See these Youtube videos showing the Clipper in action:
In addition to portability and convenience, the Clipper’s LED
fingerboard can be programmed to display text messages, JPEG images,
animations and lighting FX in response to your touch or streamed in from
an external computer. The fingerboard offers 32,000 colors that can be
matched to your computer’s Ableton Live session. Separate colored zones
can also be set up on the fingerboard to play clips, bass, drums, piano,
or any other sounds by using Live or connecting to hardware synths with
MIDI. With 144 touch-sensitive keys, a live set can be recorded in one
zone while solo performances can be played in another.
Ableton Live Portable Control Surface
the core of the Clipper’s lighting control is a library of lighting
commands that can be programmed on the Clipper and performed directly by
playing the Clipper’s fretboard, drumpads, ribbon, knobs, joystick, and
pedals. By connecting the Clipper’s USB port to a computer, you can
stream live lighting FX from Max-for-Live, any sequencer, or create your
Now you can control all your sounds with animated
colors at the tips of your fingers, and all while moving across the
stage. This Ztar Clipper LightBoard Controller is unlike any other and
offers an entirely new experience to electronic musicians everywhere.
The Clipper has a full complement of hardware and software features:
144 velocity-sensitive RGB LED keys with over 32,000 colors
6 programmable Knobs
6 Programmable touchpads for Notes, Chords, Loops, MIDI CC's, Lighting EFX
Embedded bi-directional MIDI Wireless capability as an option. Be completely cable-free!
Multi-purpose programmable Slider
4 way programmable joystick
Sustain and Volume Pedal inputs
MIDI I/O and USB2.
Onboard Programming interface
user command set for controlling the LED lighting with any external
MIDI sequencer or computer. Display and scroll text, images, and
lighting effects. Get creative with Max for Live.
Embedded step sequencer and arpeggiator
Clipper – Clip-based Live Interactive Performance Controller
$1995 MSRP with bi-directional MIDI Wireless and Battery Pack