JK Swopes shows you how to use MASCHINE as a plugin in Ableton Live 9 with the proper MIDI routing to capture your scene changes from MASCHINE as MIDI data into Ableton Live.
- [Instructor] If you already have your arrangement set up in Maschine or you have multiple scenes and you wanna capture this arrangement in Ableton, you can do this using MIDI. This will let you actually capture MIDI data that will trigger the Maschine scenes from within the Maschine plug-in. Let's set it up. So, the first thing we wanna do (click) is come over and load the plug-in. So I'll go to my Plug-ins list, find Maschine 2, (click) and load it in. Just close my browser, 'cause I don't need that. So, what I wanna do is actually pull in that project file.
(click) So now I have this project. And what I wanna do is be able to actually play these scenes in different orders and actually capture that into Ableton. So I wanna come up here where it says Sync. You can see it's on 1/16. If I want it to be on Scene, that means every time I hit a new scene it will wait for the previous scene to complete. So it just depends on what you wanna do. For this demo I'm gonna just leave it on 16 so we can get a little bit more creative. Next I wanna come up here and click under MIDI Scene Change.
I wanna put it on MIDI Note, and I'll leave it on Channel 1. (click) Also, if you wanna be able to retrigger a scene (click) you can turn on Retrigger. So now that we have that set up (clicking) I'll insert a MIDI track. For the MIDI in I want it to come from Maschine. So this is the track that Maschine is on. Where it says Post Effects (click) I wanna pick Maschine 2. (click) MIDI output to, it needs to go back to the Maschine track.
And on the Track I'm gonna Choose MIDI Channel 1 because that's what we used inside of Maschine. (clicking) So now if I come to Maschine, so MIDI enable that track. If I go into Scene View and I hit my scenes, (tapping) you can actually see that MIDI data gettin' transmitted into Ableton. So now we can record these scenes. You can do this in Session or Arrangement.
Let's just choose Arrangement. (clicking) So I'll move this down. We're gonna record into this track here. (clicking) (beeping) (tap) (light funky music) (tap) (tap) (tap) (tap) (click) Just to give you an idea of how that works, I just played some random scenes.
We can see the MIDI data. (clicking) It's right there. So what I wanna do is play it back and watch these scenes change. (clicking) (light funky music) (click) So you can see now it's playing back every single note that I used when I was playing Scene Mode directly from Maschine.
But I have that MIDI in there, so I can go in and edit that if I want to, change up my performance, but I still have everything loaded inside of Maschine. I can actually have this playin' along with other stuff inside of Ableton. Maybe I wanna add vocals over top, or embellish different instruments, or even add more plug-ins. Recording your scene playback as MIDI data into Ableton gives you the flexibility of having everything in Maschine as you created it and capturing yourself jamming out your scenes to come up with an arrangement instead of tryin' to decide beforehand how you wanna lay it out.
Workin' this way can definitely spark ideas that you may not otherwise come across. As always, experiment and have fun.
- Setting up MASCHINE to work in Ableton Live
- Importing files into Ableton Live
- Recording your performance
- Dragging and dropping MIDI
- Triggering kits and instruments via MIDI
- Recording MIDI in real time
- Using MASCHINE for real-time audio input
- Creating audio loops from MASCHINE