New drum pads, tweaked LEDs and a redesigned enclosure are all part of the MIDI controller's revamp.
It's an update of the Base, the 32-button controller the Austin-based company unveiled at NAMM 2013. The changes on the second-generation device are subtle but solid. The first change you're likely to notice by touching the buttons—they're thicker and softer than those found on the original, a change the company says is aimed at making the controller more playable. The multicolor LEDs that light up those buttons should be brighter as well.
They've also made some tweaks to the chassis to make it more ergonomic. The other tweak, on-board banking (for saving programs and updating MIDI messages), you'll have to dig into once it's plugged in. The controller comes with mapping templates for most DAWs, but it can be further reprogrammed using the company's software. The company and most retailers are currently taking prders, with Base IIs expected to ship at the end of July.
Livid Instruments will release the Base II on July 28th, 2014 for an estimated retail price of $349.