So, to a lay person (me!) they look like the same thing; buttons and LEDs.
Most people either are in love with one or the other, or think they're absolutely different, apples and oranges.
is made by Yamaha, sells for $999, and is probably best known as that weird lite-brite thing Little Boots uses.
It can generate it's own sounds and the software it pairs with is not configurable by the user.
The Monome devices are made by Monome
and vary between $500-$1,400, providing you can snatch one when they become available
or find one on ebay,
or put it together yourself.
It does not produce sound on it's own; it's simply a controller for software. Many user-produced software exists for it, and you can write your own.
I'm asking this for my boyfriend, who does a fair amount of DJing live and bedroom-recording of music that sounds like if glitchy robots could beatbox. He mostly uses Ableton Live, and is learning Max/MSP
. If I got any information wrong in this question, it's because I'm not a DJ, just a club kid; feel free to correct me harshly.
Does the Monome make sense if you're not a programmer and Max/MSP looks like some scary moonman software you'd have to be Venetian Snares to understand?
Which is better for playing live?
Which is a better deal for the money?
What's on your personal wishlist? If you bought one, do you regret not buying the other?