Ableton Live Plug-In Configure Mode?

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  • #24947
    rhymeman2
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    Ableton Live lets you click parameters when you expand the VST window and select configure so you can have control over the VST, I’m pretty much make or break here with this feature as it’s useless without it- please tell me Ctrlr can somehow allow this…here’s the information page, it’s a ways down so just search ‘Live Plug-In Configure’ and you’ll see what I mean- all other VSTs support it, maybe there’s some way Ctrlr allows it that I’m missing (I hope!)

    https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/working-with-instruments-and-effects/

    If this is workable I can control my Bass Station II with my Push and my other analog vintage synths 🙂 If not…well bummer 🙁

    #24995
    jasefosjasefos
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    Hi there!

    Yes indeed, CTRLR allows this with it’s panels. I’ve been enjoying tweaking and editing my MKS80 from the couch using my Push controller.

    In order to ensure Modulators on your panel will make themselves available in Ableton’s Configure function for each Modulator ensure the following settings are made for your CTRLR Panel:
    – “Export Paramater to VST host” is enabled/ticked (this should be enabled by default for modulators you add)
    – VST Index for each modulator needs to be unique (this let’s you set the order in which Modulators are presented to the host)

    Note that each time you launch your CTRLR/Panel inside of Ableton you’ll need to use the Configure function in Ableton again in order to have the Panel’s Modulators be made available to Push. There is a great way to save yourself time from having to do this repeatedly.

    0) In Ableton’s MIDI Preferences panel, ensure the MIDI ports you have your synth connected to are not enabled for “Track/Sync/Remote” (i.e. CTRLR communicates to your MIDI ports directly rather than via Ableton – you don’t want Ableton interfering with communications since it will strip out SysEx data which is the very reason why we love using CTRLR since it fixes that issue very neatly!).

    1) Launch CTRLR within an Ableton MIDI track and load your Panel.

    2) Configure the MIDI Input and Output port and channel settings appropriately within CTRLR for your synth. Set the MIDI Thru functions in CTRLR so that the following are ticked “plugin host -> Output Device” and “Change channel Plugin Host -> Output device”. These last two setttings are important since the CTRLR plugin will then “Thru” MIDI notes incoming from your controller keyboard (Push) and sequence data in the track directly to your MIDI synth.

    3) Using Live’s Configure function engaged, click all the modulators in your CTRLR Panel that you want available for tweaking from your Push. Do them in an order whereby it makes functional sense and consider that Push lets you see banks of parameters in groups of 8 simultaneously (e.g. good idea to encourage ADSR envelope parameters to begin on a bank of 8, etc).

    4) Now … add Live’s External Audio Effect built-in plugin after CTRLR and configure the audio input setting of that plugin so that it matches the audio input you have your synth connected to. This is how you can easily route the sound of your external hardware synth back into the track (and will make the track Freezable).

    5) In the plugin strip view in Ableton, Shift + click the header of the CTRLR plugin and External Audio Effect plugins so they are both selected and then right click and select “Group” … This will make an Instrument rack.

    6) Drag the header of the Instrument rack into your Ableton User Library and name it after the synth (e.g. Roland MKS80 for me) …

    7) Close your project

    8) Start a new project and load the preset you made at step 6 into an empty MIDI track … without messing about with MIDI channel settings for the track or routing audio from the synth, you’ll have a convenient means of recalling all of the settings you’ve made in previous steps above …

    TIP: Using Ableton’s track Freeze function you can Freeze your hardware synth with the same ease as a VST instrument and then launch more instances of it.
    ; )

    Enjoy!

    --> Music: www.soundcloud.com/jasefos
    --> DAW: OSX10.10.5 with Live 9.6 x64, UA Apollo Quad
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    #25112
    rhymeman2
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    I hoped so! This is great, when I select the parameters with configuration enabled however it does not populate the list 🙁 Nothing happens!

    #25321
    DOS.putin
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    YO! Thanks for writing up your experience with the MKS-80

    I am still having trouble getting this to work with my MKS-50.
    I am using the MKS-50 Advanced panel.

    0) In Ableton’s MIDI Preferences panel, ensure the MIDI ports you have your synth connected to are not enabled for “Track/Sync/Remote” (i.e. CTRLR communicates to your MIDI ports directly rather than via Ableton – you don’t want Ableton interfering with communications since it will strip out SysEx data which is the very reason why we love using CTRLR since it fixes that issue very neatly!).

    So I did this step.

    1) Launch CTRLR within an Ableton MIDI track and load your Panel.

    2) Configure the MIDI Input and Output port and channel settings appropriately within CTRLR for your synth. Set the MIDI Thru functions in CTRLR so that the following are ticked “plugin host -> Output Device” and “Change channel Plugin Host -> Output device”. These last two setttings are important since the CTRLR plugin will then “Thru” MIDI notes incoming from your controller keyboard (Push) and sequence data in the track directly to your MIDI synth.

    And this is where I start to run into problems. It seems when I try to “tick” or select the options in ‘MIDI THRU’ menu, there is no ‘tick mark’ to notify that the selection of said option is valid. no feedback.

    I am able to get the MKS to change patches via ‘Previous / Next’ patch buttons in CTRLR panel. But nothing else works, i.e.; sliders switches, nada. My MKS is switched to ‘MIDI EXCL =ON’ and the MIDI monitor on my MOTU Ultralite is lighting up when I move sliders on the panel. But the synth is not responding. I must have missed something.

    Ableton Live 9.1.2, MOTU Ultralite MK3, Roland MKS-50.

    I also tried this with my Alpha Juno, and the same business, no tweaking, no joy.

    Anyone help with this?

    #118674
    brunello
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    Hi I discovered this great panel for MK-50 so first of all thanks to the author for his job.
    I’m learning to use it with my Alfa Juno 2 following the steps which Jasefos clearly explained and everything is working fine.The only thing I can’t understand is that when I move the sliders on the panel I can modify the sound of Juno while i can’t record this changes on envelopes in the Live track.If I try the same tweaks with the modulators in the ctrlr track’s chain i can record it on the ableton envelope.It’s like the panel can’t communicate with Ableton but directly with the Juno synth .In few words I wish to record in Ableton the panel sliders movements .
    Any tip?
    Thanks
    Roland Alfa Juno 2 Saffire 24 DSP

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