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Using the instant mapping feature

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Video: Using the instant mapping feature

Setting up custom midi mapping assignments can be time consuming. So the program designers at Ableton have worked with their counterparts at companies that produce midi controllers to enable instant mapping of device parameters in Live. Those controllers that are specifically designed to work with Live are designated with the term native. Now, if you have a native controller, you want to go ahead and make sure that's set up properly. And if I go up to the Live menu or the Options menu on a PC, I can access Preferences, and once there, I'll select the mini Sync tab. And this area at the top of the window is where you activate your native controllers.

Using the instant mapping feature

Setting up custom midi mapping assignments can be time consuming. So the program designers at Ableton have worked with their counterparts at companies that produce midi controllers to enable instant mapping of device parameters in Live. Those controllers that are specifically designed to work with Live are designated with the term native. Now, if you have a native controller, you want to go ahead and make sure that's set up properly. And if I go up to the Live menu or the Options menu on a PC, I can access Preferences, and once there, I'll select the mini Sync tab. And this area at the top of the window is where you activate your native controllers.

Now I've just hooked up the APC40. Live Action immediately sensed it, and it looks like it's ready to go. I'm also going to drop down here into the midi ports area. And I'm just going to make sure that the Remote button is also enabled. Now I don't need to have that on for instant mapping, but I am going to need it on if I want to make any custom assignments, to use any of the knobs on the APC40. Okay, so that looks like it's ready to go, so I'm going to hit my Escape key to get out of Preferences. And now to check it to see if this is working, all I need to do is select a device. So I'll click the title bar on this analog instrument down here.

And now I'll turn one of the knobs on my instant mapping section of my controller and I can see right now, it looks like it's a sign to this oscillator balance between oscillator one and two. And let me turn number two and let's see what that does. Okay so it looks like that's assigned over here, to the cutoff frequency. I don't only have access to eight parameters on this device. Live has actually got several banks of eight setup. And how you access those banks, is different on different devices. On the one that I'm using, I just hold down the Shift key. And hit one of the numbers to choose the bank.

And now if I go back first knob and turn it, now sure enough, it's assigned to a different parameter. It looks like now it's assigned to the oscillator one level. Now, you can learn more about this in the lessons that are over in the Help view in Live. And you can scroll down at the bottom and you'll see this option for show all built in lessons. And if I scroll down a little bit further you'll see the control surface reference and now I see a list of the various controllers and I can also click this detailed list and it will show me a bank list of all of the instant mappings that are available.

So just for analog alone, it looks like there's about 8 banks that are available. Now, in addition to device parameters, I can also instantly control anything on a macro. So I'm going to go over here and choose the Drum track. And this has got a drum rack on it, and all racks come with this set of eight knobs. And if I click and select the top of that device, my first knob immediately starts controlling, the kick volume level there that's mapped to that macro. There's the snare level, and there's the one for the snap track.

So in addition to that, you may want to lock a device to your eight instant mapping controls. And you can do that again by clicking the title bar at the top of the device, and then right-clicking on it, and choosing Lock to control surface. And I'll choose that's a lock to my APC40. And now no matter where I am and what device I choose, I'm going to have the eight knobs controlling that one devices. Now, if I go back and disable that, now as I move from track to track, and device to device, my eight knobs that I have here in the device area on the APC 40 are going to instantly map to the parameters on that device. Just for example, if I scroll over here, on the same device chain. Let's go over to the compressor and I'll turn that first knob again. And notice that it is immediately controlling threshold. Now, if you need to make any custom assignments, you can do that as normal. You just click your MIDI Map button, choose the knob that you want to map, turn the knob, and now that assignment will override any instant mapping. If I want to get rid of that I can just highlight that, delete it, and exit MIDI mapping, and now I'm back to instant mapping.

So hopefully you have a device that will allow you to take advantage of Live's instant mapping feature. If not, it's something to consider when making a future purchase.

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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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