Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Using third-party controllers, part of Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance.
Now that we've seen the APC and the Launchpad, it's time to look at few other kinds of specialized MIDI Controllers. Let's start with Keyboard MIDI controllers. (music playing) Some popular models include the M-Audio Axiom, Novation SL MkII, and the Akai MPK. Many of these include a keyboard section and a controller section with various types of controls, knobs, faders, and pads. On almost every keyboard controller we can find a modulation wheel and a pitch-bend wheel.
Let me demonstrate. This is the pitch bend. (music playing) And for the modulation, I've added effects that will be turned on once I turn on the modulation. So, this is without. (music playing) And this is with. (music playing) If you're not a keyboard player, you may want to consider different kinds of controllers such as Pad controllers. (music playing) Some popular models are Native Instruments MASCHINE, Akai MPD, Korg PadKONTROL, and M-Audio Trigger Finger which is now discontinued, but you can still find them.
There are also knob controllers, fader controllers, and if you are a guitarist or other types of musician who needs to keep his hands free, you might want to consider foot controllers like the McMillen SoftStep, the Behringer FCB1010, or a simple sustain paddle from M-Audio or Yamaha. There are also tablets and smartphones which allow you to build your own interface to control Ableton Live. Popular Apps are ToudhOSC, Liine Lemur, and Beatsurfing. Next, we'll look at the controllers that are hand-built and repurposed to be used as Midi Controllers.
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