Color pads of Drum Rack

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FunkJustice
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Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by FunkJustice » Fri Jan 17, 2014 6:13 pm

It would be a cool visual tool to be able to color the pads in Drum Rack a la Maschine. Even better: could Live intelligently color drum rack cells based on name i.e.: a color associated with "kick" "kik" "KD" "BD" etc that live would automatically apply when those or other key words were in a pad name. And if these colors were also reflected in the folded midi editor with the pad names, all the better. I feel that having colors would speed up workflow as now you have a fast way of telling which pad is what type of instrument.

Currently you can color a chain, and that will be reflected in the mixer, but not on the drum rack pad or in the midi editor. Seems like it would be an easy thing to implement.

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Mr.415 » Mon Aug 04, 2014 5:31 am

Interestingly enough, I just discovered that naming drum cells in the way that you described actually defines the colors of the pads on the Maschine hardware. For examples, anything with "clap" in the cell name colors the pads a light blue, while the letter "K" triggers a red color. My guess (and fear) is that this is Maschine specific, but I'm going to dig through the Maschine remote scripts to if there's any hope of applying this to the Push hardware.

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by champamoore » Fri Jan 20, 2017 10:29 pm

Mr.415 wrote:Interestingly enough, I just discovered that naming drum cells in the way that you described actually defines the colors of the pads on the Maschine hardware. For examples, anything with "clap" in the cell name colors the pads a light blue, while the letter "K" triggers a red color. My guess (and fear) is that this is Maschine specific, but I'm going to dig through the Maschine remote scripts to if there's any hope of applying this to the Push hardware.
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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Warmonger » Thu Feb 16, 2017 3:57 pm

+1.

My MPD218 doesn't support pad colouring, but many AKAI devices do. Also Push 1 does, so why not?
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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Feverkin » Sun Aug 19, 2018 8:43 pm

Just reiterating again in 2018 that it would be great to be able to change the color of the individual drum pads on drum rack.

In large projects, specifically for live shows, being able to quickly tell which pads are drums and which pads are sample chops would be very useful.

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by jestermgee » Mon Aug 20, 2018 11:50 pm

Feverkin wrote:Just reiterating again in 2018 that it would be great to be able to change the color of the individual drum pads on drum rack.

In large projects, specifically for live shows, being able to quickly tell which pads are drums and which pads are sample chops would be very useful.
It is possible, for Push anyway.

If you are talking about having a VST mapped to your drum rack then you need to add a chain device to the pad to allow a colour to be set.

Video I created on this exact topic plus how to create multiple outputs for external mixing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74ty7w26jY&t=1s

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by stereodrive » Thu Aug 23, 2018 2:13 pm

+1

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Stromkraft » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:08 pm

jestermgee wrote:
Video I created on this exact topic plus how to create multiple outputs for external mixing:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C74ty7w26jY&t=1s
Great work Jester! Here's the direct time to the coloring part in the excellent Ableton Live: VST in DrumRack with Multi-Outs & Push Colours by Jester Mgee.
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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Gregory Wells-King » Tue Feb 12, 2019 4:21 pm

About time to bump this topic again, It makes total sense, enabling ‘colour pads’ would add an essential ability in Ableton and breath new life into the rack system across the board.

It’s really overdue unless there is a reason it would be a bad idea.

Perhaps Ableton could chip in with a comment for Love 10.2.

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Gregory Wells-King » Fri Feb 15, 2019 6:26 pm

Bump, I thought I would Bump this to highlight it’s importance esppecially to Push 2 owners and those with devices that show RGB colours on drum pads.

I feel it’s an easy thing to discuss for the team understanding that even the smallest tweets to Live of course have implications, I u derstand truly.

However I really feel this is an easily appreciable change to Lives GUI.

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by DataStrain » Sat Mar 02, 2019 8:26 pm

I would also love this as a feature. Been waiting for it for a long while now.

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Re: Color pads of Drum Rack

Post by Gregory Wells-King » Sun Mar 03, 2019 5:10 pm

Yeah, bump again, as I would love to get this noticed by the developers.

I’m thinking of all the third party controllers that would benefit from the change.

I assume NI Machine would be one, but that’s just skimming the surface.

I’m wondering if all the past Novation Launchpads and Akai products would be backwards compatible to some degree, which would be nice to see benefit in a world 🌍 full of waste.

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