Navigating LIVE with Midi Buttons?

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Navigating LIVE with Midi Buttons?

Post by ursinila » Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:03 pm

I have a uc33E, and would like to use it to navigate clips etc etc like using the arrow keys, but stricktly with the controller. is this possible?


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Post by ursinila » Tue Sep 12, 2006 7:34 pm

i figured out how to navigate scenes, but can you navigate through the clips as well?

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Post by nolus » Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:45 pm

you can assign a button to select a particular track, but not to move to the next or previous tracks like you can with scenes.

this is something that I -really- wanted to see in live 6.

there are programs (like bohms midi translator on pc) that can map midi messages to key presses so you could perhaps map a pair of buttons to the left and right arrow keys.

I use PD (a kind of public domain version of Max MSP) for all my control mapping chores, this can't simulate key strokes (or it can but I don't know how) but it provides a graphical programming language that lets you implement just about any control mapping you can imagine.

I use a patch which lets me assign a rotary control to scan left and right through the tracks and a bunch of other controls which map to the currently selected track - eg launch/stop current clip, volume, pan, send, etc.
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Post by John Sweet » Tue Sep 12, 2006 9:59 pm

You can also use Mackie Control emulation to get up/down/left/right arrows & "fire."

I think the best solution is to line this up together with MIDI-keystroke conversion on the same buttons & bank switch between them as needed. Each has its advantages.

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Post by Machinate » Tue Sep 12, 2006 10:25 pm

Mackie Control is the thing to go for. Check out my tutorial here:
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Post by ursinila » Tue Sep 12, 2006 11:34 pm

so looks like i just need the protocal, sick.

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Post by eclipxe » Thu Dec 27, 2007 2:30 am


Thanks for all the info! I was wondering if you could re-post the images? They appear to be broken on the front page...



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