"Q: What’s your setup for when you perform live? SL: Right now, it’s Ableton, Roland MX-1, SPD-SX drum pad, and a Leap Motion controller." SL On Leap Motion: "You basically change elements of the beat with the wave of your hand, by moving your hand in space: left or right, up or down."more
The leap motion is a great extra for your studio equipment to control your music software with hand gestures. However I would not advise to use this in a live setup. Till so far GECO seems to be the best application and easiest to setup.
I rarely actually use this, but it is fun to use sometimes and it can sometimes be quicker than using a mouse. Note that you actually have to buy further apps for the leap motion to actually work within a DAW. It's not expensive though. Around £20.
I really enjoy using the Leap Motion Sensor hardware to connect via Gecko Midi software to program hand gestures to control Audio and Visuals in Ableton Live using Rokvid and Gecko. I recently had the pleasure of demonstrating this to many Children and Adults in #Detroit on Belle Isle at the SCP Backpack Music Festival with @RoryPq and @Subdivizion. Glad I got one of these, they are amazing and not only used for Music/Midi programming. This is just one of the many practical uses.
I bought the Leap Motion after seeing it on display in a robotics design lab at a university open day. I use mine for music performance though, not robotics - by using the GECO MIDI software and a virtual MIDI port, the Leap Motion can turn hand gestures into powerful automation effects. In fact, anything that is MIDI mappable can be controlled with a Leap Motion (to varying degrees of success). The controller itself is small, light, and works relatively well in most lighting. The motion sensitivity using GECO is alright, but can be temperamental if you don't optimise the software - the more gestures you put in the less reliable it is! However, I've got mine to work pretty well, and it's a great addition to my setup.