APC20 not auto-mapped

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APC20 not auto-mapped

Post by meuby » Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:32 am

I just picked up an APC20 to use with Live 8. When I connect it and set the preferences as mentioned in the manual - it doesn't appear to be automapped. I can select the midi button in Live and manually map the faders and buttons, but everything I've read and watched led me to believe that it's a plug-it-in-and-go device.

One thing in the preferences - under control surface, there is no option for the APC20...the two dropdowns to the right of control surface allow me to select the APC20, but the actual control surface dropdown does not list it.

I'm sure I'm missing something simple - just don't know what.

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Re: APC20 not auto-mapped

Post by jok » Wed Aug 25, 2010 8:49 am

Hi Meuby,

I assume you´re using an outdated version of Live 8 which does not yet contain support for the APC 20. Please download Live 8.1.5. from here to fix the problem:


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Re: APC20 not auto-mapped

Post by ShelLuser » Wed Aug 25, 2010 3:36 pm

And to expand on that a bit...

After you got the update here is a correct way to configure:

- Start Live and go to the midi preference section.
- Select the controller using the menu, input/output will be set automatically.
- You'll only need the 'remote' midi option for input/output.

After that you should be home free.
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