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If you've chosen Ableton Live as your computer music production software, it's likely that you're looking to create music using your MIDI keyboard an Live software instruments. Let's take a look at how to setup your MIDI controllers to work with Live. So you can do this in Live preferences, which you can get to by going, Cmd + comma on a Mac, or Ctrl + comma, on a PC. An once you're there you're going to want to click the MIDI sync tab. So, in the upper half of the window, you can select a controller that would be considered a native controller under Ableton Live. So, I'm going to click the chooser here, and here we can see a list of the all the native controllers that are available to work with Live.
So the manufacturers here have worked closely with Ableton 5 to build devices that take advantage of Live's features, like instant mapping, which allows for control of Live device parameters. And in the next two columns, you can choose the input and output for that device for the MIDI inputs and outputs. And you can see that, I hooked this keyboard up this morning before we got started, and these automatically actually populated without me doing a thing. Now, the last button over here on the right is called the dump button, and this is available to upload presets from selected devices.
Now in most cases, this isn't necessary and the parameter is actually inactive. If active, you're going to want to check the manufacturer of the controller's information on how to set up the device. So we can actually do up to six of these different native devices. Now, in the bottom half of the window, we see this area called Midi Ports. And you'll see both native controllers, and any non-native controllers listed down here. So the column next to your device where it says track, you're going to want to make sure that you click the on button, so that you can actually transmit notes and Ableton Live will receive them. So mine's enabled right now, and I'm going to move my cursor over here to the upper right-hand corner and point at this button right there. And when I press a key on my keyboard controller, we should see this light up. Okay.
So we know that my keyboard is ready to send notes, and able to live is ready to receive it. The other two columns here that we should take a look at are the sync and remote columns. Now, if you have an external device like a drum machine that has its own built in sequencer, and you want it to sync with Live when you start something playing back. Then you're going to want to click the sync button. So that way, when you click the play button in Live, it will also actually start you drum machine. On the far right the remote button is if you're trying to use any of those other knobs like the continuous controllers on your controller or your midi keyboard. To actually control device parameters in Live, you'll need to have the remote button enabled for that to work.
So, this is all set up and now I can close that window by hitting the Escape key. So, now that your external MIDI devices are configured to work with Live, you're ready to start creating music.
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