As well as working with Lié to control software instruments in a host DAW, Touché also functions as a standalone MIDI and CV controller for use with hardware synths (and, indeed, software synths without the niceties of Lié). On the back of the unit are minijack sockets for MIDI In and Out, and four CV outputs, with all requisite cabling provided in the box.
Six banks of four presets each are stored in Touché’s internal memory, and presets are programmed in Lié, with menus of CCs or CV output voltages (the two can’t be mixed in a preset) replacing the plugin parameter lists. A MIDI preset has up to eight slots, and a CV preset has four. Dumping presets to the device memory also happens in Lié, of course, where the Memory View window shows you their layout across the four banks.
In standalone mode, Touché’s two buttons are used to switch between stored presets, with four LEDs above the encoder indicating the current bank by colour, and the preset within the bank by the number of lit LEDs. A ton of presets for a wide range of synths is included, and the only snag is that Lié is currently Mac-exclusive, so not only are PC musos out of luck in terms of DAW usage, but they can’t even make and load hardware presets.
Lié’s Memory View shows the colours and LED numbers assigned to the onboard presets