Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Using controllers designed specifically for Ableton Live, part of Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance.
Let's take a look at two controllers, one from Akai Professional the APC40, and one from Novation, the Launchpad. Both specially made and co-designed with Ableton Live to bring hands-on control and workflow flexibility that works best with Live's unique view, the Session View. If we look at the Session View and then we look at the Controllers, we can begin to understand the concept of how they work. The button matrix on each controller emulates the session view in Ableton Live and by doing so, gives us a visual representation of exactly what's going on in a Live Set.
You can use these controllers to control all aspects of Live, including launching and stopping Clips, mixer and track controls, adjusting your scenes, and even playing the MIDI nodes. Of course, I'll be showing you how to do all of those things later on in this course. These two controllers communicate with Ableton Live using a Control Surface Midi Script to give you ultimate control over Ableton Live. Control Surface Midi Scripts are lines of code that allows the controller to control elements of Live that are not available through the regular MIDI mapping mode.
If you use controllers with visual feedback and button matrix control, they can free you from having to touch or even look at your computer during a live show. Let's see how these two controllers can be used in this way. I'm going to launch clips. I'm going to control effects, and I'm going to control track volumes. Let's check it out. (music playing) Now, button matrix controllers are only one option.
Next, we'll take a look at a few third-party controller options.
Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.
- Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
- Choosing songs for a DJ set
- Building your decks
- Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
- Knowing when to use headphones
- Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
- Looping with Beat Repeat
- Setting up multiple instruments on one track
- Creating a bus track for master effects
- Preparing your original productions for the stage
- Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
- Live looping and live sample cutting
- Recording your live performance