There is a neat way of solving this problem by having a midi track assigned to 'control', then sending CC messages via clip Midi ctrl though the IAC bus to handle both automation and triggering of scenes.
that's pretty much how I handle my preset changing worries.In fact you don't actually need the IAC bus or other virtual routing.
If you make a master rack to contain each 'preset' and use chain select zone/ranges then you can pick your presets using the chain select. Assign a macro which changes the chain select. That macro can be either manually turned, or automated via clip based modulation. So now you only need a clip marked "preset 2" and pressing it will turn the macro (and the chain select) to pick out the required 'rack preset'
That said : it's a pretty shitty workaround, and I would really love a simple "Live" preset manager which can be given a list of presets used in the set, and a nice big preset name display. But hell, for now most of us are stuck with this chain select nonsense.
here's a longer discussion of this method, viewtopic.php?p=1042274#p1042274
Did you have anything else (lighting, video) controlled via Live?
No, all of the visual side was handled by a program called Isadora
. It's a boxes-and-wires app created by a friend of mine specifically for performers to trigger visuals. IE: it's simple to use, but powerful, and you dont feel compelled to enroll on a 2 year night course to understand what the hell variable scoping/private variables are, like some
boxes and wires apps around here *cough* *cough*.
Again - that visual side was mainly triggered by performers, with me babysitting the Isadora scenes via a midi controller.
I'm not really a theatre guy, but I have been involved in creating live performance stuff like this a few times. Compared to performing music live on stage it's pretty easy!
It's less stress than performing, you get a chair and a desk light, you can have a crib sheet, and a cup of coffee/beer. I found it all very relaxing.
The app is fully capable of doing whats required, at least - I didn't find a better system