Alien Apparatus Co. Inc. has released version 2.0 of
Solo Performer Show Controller, a system for musicians that controls background music, lyrics displays, MIDI effects and light shows. The hardware side consists of a six-button foot controller that connects via USB, with software that runs on Windows or Macintosh. This upgrade adds more MIDI control functionality, including sending MIDI files to external devices and automatically changing MIDI effects settings. It can also send hotkey commands that control other applications and redefine button functions on the foot controller. Pricing for the full system is US$395, but Alien Apparatus doesn’t note upgrade pricing for the software. System requirements call for Mac OS X v10.2, a G3 500MHz processor, 128MB RAM, 120MB free hard drive space and an audio output jack.