Hot Licks is a VST plugin that allows a musician to use their performance to trigger external devices such as stage lights and smoke machines. The plugin allows the user to record several musical patterns they would use in the performance and assign control messages to each pattern to trigger an external device. Upon completing this preliminary step, a neural network is trained to detect the recorded patterns. The plugin will receive its input via MIDI, which can then be passed on to synthesize sound. With every note played, the plugin will check if the sequence of notes ending with the current note is similar to one of the recorded musical patterns. If there is a match, Hot Licks will send the MIDI control message associated with that pattern to a DMX controller to trigger any peripheral device. The detection is done in milliseconds, and devices could be triggered instantaneously, upon playing a pattern. Using this plugin, a musician can incorporate external peripheral devices into their performance by using musical phrases played on their MIDI-capable instrument as triggers to switch them on or off, change patches, change parameters, etc.
Hot Licks will allow a musician to use their instrument and the phrases they play on it, as triggers for external devices such as lights and smoke machines. It will give the musician an extended ability through the control of other devices, and it will allow the musician to include these devices as part of their performance.