OSC/PILOT is a performance software that lets you design your own customized control surfaces for MIDI and OSC-compatible applications. Used by deadmau5 for his live shows since 2013, OSC/PILOT is now officially available to everyone.
OSC/PILOT control system
Many electronic live acts rely on software such as Ableton Live or Bitwig Studio. But the user interfaces of most DAWs are still primarily designed for use with a mouse and keyboard in the studio. On stage, the last thing you want to do is fiddle with tiny on-screen buttons and sliders. Off-the-shelf MIDI controllers can provide some relief, but they have a fixed set of controls that cannot change as your needs evolve. What if you could create your very own control surface that offers exactly what you need, and adapts as your requirements change?
OSC/PILOT is a customizable control surface for touch screens. The software lets you build your own performance interface for DAWs like Ableton Live and Bitwig Studio. It also works with visual applications, including Resolume and VDMX. According to the developer, OSC/PILOT has been in development since 2013 and has been used and refined since that time by no other than electronic artist deadmau5.
The drag&drop interface lets you create sliders, buttons, button matrices, rotary knobs and other controllers, and arrange them any way you like. You can then configure them to send MIDI or OSC data to DAWs, other music software and visual applications. The software can also receive OSC data for visual feedback within the UI.
OSC/PILOT supports multi-touch displays. It also lets you set up multiple workspaces in one project, so you could have dedicated control pages for different software applications or tracks, for example.
If you’re a musical or visual artist who performs live using MIDI- or OSC-controllable software, OSC/PILOT looks like a great way to set up your own control surfaces tailored to your needs.
Price and compatibility
OSC/PILOT is now available for USD 49.99. You can also download a free trial version, which is fully functional except that it cannot load or save projects.
The software runs on Windows 8.1 and 10. As of now, there’s no word whether the developer plans to release a Mac version in the future.