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Integrating External Instruments In Ableton Live
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Chris S    Said...

Thank you so much for this article. It's exactly what I've been looking for. I've had a completely unhealthy obsession with integrating my Virus C synth with Live 9. Up until now, I've only been successful at clip envelopes, but thanks to your article, I've now learned how to address automation using the midi-mapped instrument rack. That is amazing! I have a question though. It basically boils down to this... Instead of mapping just 8 parameters with the instrument rack, is it possible to map all/most of the synth's parameters onto an instrument rack? I've done this with some of my vsts (Synth1) using the 'configure' option in Live and am hoping there is some way to do it similarly with an external instrument. Why, you might ask? Well, when designing sounds, my process has been to improvise on a loop--tweaking things on the fly. I'd like to record the midi information as I tweak so that I can go back through the track and edit out the best parts, save any great presets, etc. Thanks again. Any help is greatly appreciated.

12-Jan-14 11:01 PM

Chris S    Said...

Also, I'm not sure if it'll help or not but there are a couple additional things that might help facilitate this process. I'm not really sure though? There is an editor here: and there are also a couple max for live devices people have built: Thanks again! Much appreciated!

12-Jan-14 11:15 PM

Chris S    Said...

I think I figured out how to do it using a maxforlive template and the external instrument. Thanks for giving me the spark!

14-Jan-14 12:22 AM

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