I finally managed to fix my biggest gripe with Ableton Live: there is no way to control the currently selected tack with global key commands (at least none that I know of). What I mean (and missed the most from Logic) is e.g. hitting CTRL-S to solo the currently selected track; or CTRL-A to arm/record-enable, etc.
I have written Selected Track Control to do just that. It is a little app for Mac OS X that listens to certain global key commands and translates them to MIDI messages, which are then interpreted by a custom MIDI Remote Script to control the currently selected track.
At the moment you can control the following parameters via keyboard:
- (de)activate/mute (CTRL-D)
- solo (CTRL-S)
- arm/record-enable (CTRL-A)
- Volume (CTRL-UP and CTRL-DOWN)
- Pan (CTRL-LEFT and CTRL-RIGHT)
Dear Windows Users: I am sorry, this is Mac-only at the moment. The MIDI Remote Script isn't the problem as this being Python-scripts should work on Windows too, but the app to translate global keyboard shortcuts into MIDI messages is Mac-only and I do not know neither any Windows programming nor a tool, that does just that: translate global keyboard shortcuts into MIDI messages. If you know one, let me know!
Update June 7, 2010: It works on Live 7! And Windows-users: the MIDI Remote Script works on Windows too, so the current track can be controlled via MIDI. You need a MIDI-Controller or software like Bome’s MIDI Translator Pro for keyboard-shortcuts.