Using MIDI in Ableton Live

Using MIDI in Ableton Live

We’ve collected a few videos from Ableton about using MIDI in Live. From its 1980’s origins as a technical standard allowing electronic instruments to communicate with one another, MIDI has also become a versatile technology for sequencing and manipulating virtual instruments. We’re going to look at some killer tips and tricks for mastering MIDI in Live. MIDI – Established in 1984, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a musical device communication standard that describes a protocol, digital interface, and connectors which allow a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Devices are connected to each other via a 5-pin DIN MIDI cable or more common now with standard USB cables. Devices can connect to each other using 3 port types: MIDI In, MIDI Out, and MIDI Thru where MIDI In receives note and control data, MIDI Out sends it, and MIDI Thru replicates incoming data to downstream devices. MIDI can send an incredible variety of data from note on/off, velocity, and volume to patch changes and note data from keyboards and other MIDI devices to DAW’s such as Ableton Live. Note data, once captured, can be edited even so far as changing the original sounds (patches) to other sounds from other MIDI devices and computers. Although MIDI is an incredibly complex technical topic, in its simplest form one can plug a cable from MIDI Out to MIDI In and fire notes from both the played and...
Novation Launch Control XL: Performance Oriented Goodness

Novation Launch Control XL: Performance Oriented Goodness

Novation is introducing a new member to its phenomenal MIDI Controller line-up. It’s called the LaunchPad Control XL and it’s designed to keep Ableton Live performers focusing more on their music than their support gear and screens. The new Launch Control XL has 24 knobs in a typical 3 X 8 layout, the same as Ableton’s mixer interface. The knobs have 3 color LED indicators for displaying current function without having to refer back to the laptop monitor. Along with 16 multicolored buttons and eight faders that  integrate fully with Ableton’s mixer, the new Launch Control has everything you need to operate Live. Of course all knobs and buttons are software assignable for maximum customization. Check out the video below to see the Launch Control XL in “Live” action (pun intended) along with the Novation LaunchPad S. It looks like a pretty cool setup and we sure can’t wait to get our demo unit here! Novation Launch Control XL Brings New Meaning To 'Live' Performance Ultimate Control Over Ableton – Launch Control XL is the ultimate controller for Ableton Live. It helps you focus more on your music and less on your laptop, by providing 16 buttons, 24 knobs and eight faders, all of which integrate seamlessly with Live to give you total hands-on control. When combined with Launchpad S’s intuitive 64-button grid, this provides extraordinary simultaneous control over Ableton Live’s session view, mixer, effects and instruments. Crafting the perfect mix has never been easier! Get immediate hands-on control over Ableton Live Tweak your sound using 24 knobs with multicoloured indicators Enhance your live performance by combining with Launchpad...
Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday – You Heard It Here First!

Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday – You Heard It Here First!

Did you know about Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday? Casting our net far and wide to bring you the finest free stuff for music-making every Friday, our catch this week includes a set of top-notch vintage bass presets for Analog, a free iPad controller for Live, and a beautifully juicy filter plug-in. Ableton’s Flagship products are Live 9 and Push. They’re pretty low key regarding marketing propaganda, with about the only description of them being found on their website as: We make Live and Push. With these products, our community of users creates amazing things. We are based in Berlin and our company is run by its founders. Many of us are musicians, producers and DJ’s. You can get a Free 30 day trial of Live at this link. And here’s a handy link to lots of past Free Stuff Fridays!...