Griid Pro Miixer View
This is where the two go their separate ways. Griid is slim, comprising three modules: a clip grid, a mixer and a MIDI clip editor. touchAble also has a clip grid and a mixer, but also includes controls for advanced transport and set navigation, as well as modules for key, drum and device parameter input, and a multitouch, all-dancing XY pad. touchAble is far broader in its scope and more intricate in its operation, even in those areas where it overlaps with Griid. Whether this is a pro or a con will depend on your workflow: it’s possible to do more with touchAble, but it takes more work to get around. And if, like me, you’d generally prefer to play keys, drums and parameters on physical hardware, you’ll only find yourself using a fraction of the app’s capabilities anyway.
The exception to this is the XY pad, which could easily stand as an app in its own right. The control is exquisite and the breadth of options – from recording and playing back multiple automations simultaneously, to user-definable gravity orientation – makes this single module a wonderfully fun and powerful way to interact with your creativity, and something unmatched in the App Store at the time of writing.
Really, it’s impossible to look past the fact that the two apps are built out of very different ideologies, and that the similarities are ultimately pretty superficial. Griid is crisply streamlined and offers a few carefully designed tools that work plainly and cleanly, while touchAble aims to provide a complete multitouch controller solution. It’s easy to think that touchAble is overextended just for the sake of the coding exercise and of the cool factor, but it’s fair to say that such a comprehensive range of features will please performers with a wider range of workflows. If Griid is the specialized toolkit of a Live craftsman, touchAble is your home handyman’s utility belt, with the tools for just about every job. Which is right for you? The better question is – what do you want to do?