Live: Using MIDI for actions

If your MIDI keyboard controller is not only equipped with keys, but also with buttons, knobs, sliders,wheel and a sustain pedal, then you may be able to use those to trigger actions in One Man Band. To do that, the button, knob, slider, wheel or pedal must send a MIDI messages to the MIDI out port of your MIDI keyboard controller. Only if it does that, you can use it to trigger an action in the Live window in One Man Band. To check if it does and which MIDI message it sends, make a recording in the Sequencer window and check in the eventslist which MIDI messages are received.

Go to the Sequncer/Main window, check the Record option and click on the Play button. Use the modulation wheel on your keyboard. Then click on the Stop button. Go to the Sequencer/Eventlist window. You will see that the modulation wheel sends MIDI message with type is Control and value is 1. Now go to the Preferences window and select the tab "Live Control". In the list at the lower part of the window, under the heading "---Variations---" select "Fill In". At the label "Triggered by" select "ctrl-1". Then click on "Exit". Go to menu Window => Live. Hit a chord in the chord area of your keyboard, the accompaniment will start to play. Now move the modulation wheel on your keyboard, a Fill In will be played.

Go to Preferences/Live-control and change the "Triggered by" selection of "Fill In" from "ctrl-1" back to "None". In the list "Slider actions" select "Tempo" and at "Controlled by" select :Ctrl-1". The click on Exit. Start the accompaniment by playing a chord. Move the modulation wheel and notice how it changes the tempo of the accompaniment.

Go to the Preferences window and change the value of "Controlled by" for the Tempo back to "None".
In the list in the lower part of the window select "Fill In". At "Triggered by" select "B4". Click on the Exit button. Play a chord on the keyboard to start the accompaniment. Now press the B4 key, it is the highest key in the chord area, just left of the middle C. A Fill In will play. You can now use this key to trigger Fill Ins. Of course you can no longer use this key for chord recognition. If you don't use all the chord area, then assign actions to keys for quick operations.

Go to the Preference window and now change the value of "Triggered by" for the Fill In to "C3 + C#3 + C4". Click on Exit. Start the accompaniment by playing a chord. Now in the chord area, press the keys C3 and C#3 and C4 simultaneously, like you are playing a chord. A Fill In will play. This way you can assign swift actions to the keyboard without losing keys for chords and melody.

Go to the Preference window and check the option "TS sensitive". Chord recognition must be "Full fingered" for this. Now hit a chord on the keyboard very softly, the accompaniment will play variation Main A. Now hit a chord very hard, the accompaniment will play Main D. The variation that is chosen now depends on how hard you hit the chords. Of course you must have a touch sensitive keyboard for this.

Go to the Preferences window and change the things, that you changed this tutorial, back to normal.


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