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Assigning control of device or mixer parameters in a music production program used to be a difficult thing to do. In Ableton Live it's easy. So, lets take a look at how you can map control of Live to a MIDI keyboard controller or Control Surface. So, before I demonstrate using MIDI map mode, I want to double check and make sure that my controller is set up properly. So, I'm going to go up to the Live menu and choose Preferences. That would be the Options menu on a PC. Now I'm just going to double check that I've got the remote buttons enabled for any devices that I want to be sending continuous control messages. And those would be the messages you would send from your pitch and mod wheel and any knobs that you have there that are continuous.
So, let me get out of there, I'll do that by hitting the Escape key. And now I'm going to go into MIDI map mode by pressing the MIDI button up here in the Control Bar. Now, I'll just simply choose anything that's purple. Like the cut-off frequency knob on oscillator one here. And I'll turn a knob on my keyboard controller, and I've assigned number 16 there, and the control chain's message is 21. By the way, those are, are messages that were sent by the controller to Ableton. And now they're assigned to the pad smooth device that analog is playing here.
And to the cutoff frequency on the first filter. Now another cool thing about this, is that I can actually assign a second parameter to the same knob. So, I'll click the residence on that, turn the same knob, It's assigned. And now what I can do is I can set Min and Max values for both of these, so that as I do a filter sweep when I go on the low end I get the starting cut off frequency and the starting resonance value that I want. And on the other end I get the maximum values that I want. So, lets set around 1.6k, to start off, so I'm going to set that just a little bit lower than that, around, maybe 1.2, 1.3.
And I'll set the top value and I'm guessing here, somewhere maybe around 4k and the residence percentage is around 10, 11, 12 there so. I'll set maybe a maximum value of around 40, yeah around 40%. And then I'll get out of MIDI map mode by hitting the Escape key, and I'll play a chord here, and so we can hear it I'm going to put the track into record, and now I'll hold a chord down and I'll dial that filter.
(audio playing). And if you wanted to adjust the Min and Max values if those needed a little bit more detailing, you could go back in the MIDI map mode. Maybe I want to go a little lower on that, and just a little bit higher on that so it gets a little bit brighter on the max end. But I can dial these in until I get that knob movement to be perfect and each time I do a filter sweep, I'll get a very consistent result. Now, after recording the control change information from this knob, I'm turning, as automation on the track, you may want to reassign this knob to use it somewhere else.
So, to do that, all I need to do is delete these MIDI mappings, so you just select one in the MIDI mappings browser, hit your Delete key. And now I'm ready to go and assign this to something else. So, now that you see how easy it is to use MIDI mapping, you can use controllers to change device parameters in Live, and add the extra details that make a mix interesting.
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