Buy Jazz Mutant Lemur – Control Surface featuring Multi-Touch Control Surface, Built-In Computing Resources Mu Plug-In for Tight Live Integration. Review Jazz . It’s not so often that I write obituaries for hardware, but this time, it seems appropriate. JazzMutant has announced that its Lemur, the multi-touch. We’ve just heard the sad but now wholly unsurprising news that JazzMutant is to stop selling its multitouch Lemur controller. In fact, Stantum.

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Stantum Technologies has announced that the JazzMutant Lemur — the gorgeous multi-touch music controller — is dead. SinceJazzMutant has been a acknowledged pioneer in the field of Creative Computing and Multi-touch technology, being the first-ever company to develop and bring to the market a product featuring a multi-touch screen as early as Since its market launch, the Lemur has been endorsed by a fascinating community of music and video artists.

The list of prestigious and influent artists who have made the Lemur their favorite pet companion on stage would be way too long to be mentioned here.

During five years and despite the new fever surrounding touch technologies, the Lemur remained the only Multi-touch device capable to meet the needs of creative people. From now on, this ecosystem is evolving quickly: In the meantime, JazzMutant, renamed Stantum inhas become a technology-centric company and developed partnerships with tier-one industrial partners to speed up this democratization.

As a result, the need for a high-end dedicated hardware is doomed to vanish in the near future. This is why Stantum is announcing today that it will close its JazzMutant activity unit and stop selling its legendary Lemur Multi-touch hardware controller at the end of December while the stock lasts!

With the announcement, not only does the Lemur hardware die, but the platform itself reaches a dead end.

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Many would jump to that conclusion. The Apple iPad is less than half the price of the Lemur, jazznutant can run software that makes it comparable. But the Lemur may have jazzzmutant itself with its relatively closed platform. The Lemur was sexy — but forced you to do things its way. And one of the most interesting music technology trends of the last few years has been the rise of malleable music platforms, like jazzmutwnt monome.

What do you think about this news? It’s the only multi-touch unit you can fully customize… The ipad couldn’t try to replace it if it tried… its just not powerful enough. The problem is that while Stantum says they’re having a firesale on the thing, it’s still being sold on their site for a cool 1.

On the other end of the spectrum, I can get an iPad for a third the price, and since I’m only planning on running touchOSC, I really don’t have to spend over 1, bucks just to get it up and running. The biggest problem as well was the lack of unlimited pages, the Lemur only has 4 possible pages while the iPad jazzmutnt unlimited, providing you know how to make more pages in OSC and implement them into the iPad.


If there was a firesale, and they actually dropped the pricing to a competitive level under bucksI would buy several of them right this moment. Price, price and perhaps consequently, small user-base. I and many others have looked at it, pondered if the investment and learning curve weighed up to its potential as a controller….

And perhaps concluded it was a too expensive niche product…. I don’t think the iPad is completely superior to the Lemur, yet. I would like to see more apps the use midi directly, I guess using the Line 6. I just don’t trust OSC. Also, if the iPad is anything like the iPhone, it doesn’t make a very good drum pad. I personally would have had more desire to purchase it if it had been cost feasible.

The thing was WAY too expensive for a controller and like some of my other cohorts above, you couldn’t do much for customization like you can with the ipad. Makes me wonder if Steve Jobs almost had the Lemur in his head when they all came up with the ipad. Reminds me of the Technics turntable going out. They could’ve brought down the cost to help sell…but instead they raised the prices and no one bought.

So good bye old overpriced technologies.

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Apple can simply crush anything that it can remotely emulate on an iPad. They have superior buying power, this unfortunately is how business works. I read somewhere recently that they are the biggest purchaser of flash based memory so much so that it has a bearing on its price due to availability. It is a case of David and Goliath http: I would love a Jupiter 8 sitting in my spare room, but I make do with a good midi keyboard and Arturia J8v.

The device looks beautifully designed and we believe it has the potential to revolutionise the whole creative industry. Furthermore, its aggressive pricing is definitely a huge advantage which will appeal jazzmutaht many consumers. That being said, it’s still unclear how suitable it will be for music performance as nobody has yet seen the unit in action. With the stress and heat and dangers posed by punters with drinks! Reliability and consistency are two key factors for people playing live, and we are a little sceptical about the iPad’s performance on stage.

Not to jszzmutant that the use of wi-fi in live performance is brand new and has yet to be proved. It was designed to withstand the stress of life on the road.

The Lemur, adopted jazzmmutant many professionals, has proved itself to be extremely rugged and reliable — the iPad has yet to do this. We expect to see a lot of Lemur rip-offs showing jazzmutaht on the App Store, as lemyr as other multitouch capable devices.


However, we believe lemhr it’s not really the same kind of product. The Lemur is a device dedicated to music and visual control.

The iPad, on the other hand, is a mainstream product, a ‘jack-of-all-trades’ that’s not jzzzmutant tailored to musicians’ needs.

However, you can be sure that whatever happens, you will most definitely be hearing exciting news from JazzMutant again in the future. I think it was the price. Also we’re looking at a 5 year old piece of hardware, in the computer world it’s a dinosaur. A 5 year product cycle sounds pretty decent. They could have completely owned the iPad music controller business and been better off than they are now. The Lemur was never limited to only 4 pages.


The limitation is based on the amount of available memory which, in the Lemur, is not much. As an owner of one of the very first units I can say I’m pretty pissed that Jazzmutant didn’t even have the decency to fix the loads of bugs before giving jazzmtuant finger to all their customers.

Look at what Korg is doing! I bet you they will be reborn in a new form!

I have some interest in taking this system open-source. I can’t see that it’s that complex, and would make pemur interesting controller for other applications.

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I have v2 of the Lemur. I still remembered when I first used a Lemur last year.

So jazzmitant era of accessible multi-touch music controllers will begins with developing such software for iPad. I’m selling my lemur, anyone jazznutant As long as they run on OSC….

Unfortunately — the Lemjr is dying just about the most painful death possible: The JazzMutant division will cease to exist on January the 1st All commercial, marketing and development activities related to the JazzMutant music product will not be continued after this date. There will not be any further updates for the Dexter app. The official Mu 1. Technical support ends at the end of Joey or anyone else Enlighten me on how hazzmutant Lemur was mire powerful in any way than the iPad.

Lots of people say the same thing now about the iPad, though. Hopefully they’ll get the ipad up to lemur standards in the near future. Its all about cost. I think it was their arrogance, too. That would make it a lot more interesting to me.

They should just sell the hardware cheap and users worry about the software. Thanks for the new blog sharing. It is actually a time made version. I love the content shared. I am actually interested in your old lemur, still have it? Leave a Reply Cancel reply.