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MIDI Control Change In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques By Len Sasso

Screen 1: Envelope Follower with Fall smoothing ducks the electric piano track's volume from the Chime audio file. Envelope and LFO effects together shape the modulation applied to the track's pan knob.Screen 1: Envelope Follower with Fall smoothing ducks the electric piano track's volume from the Chime audio file. Envelope and LFO effects together shape the modulation applied to the track's pan knob.

Max For Live's versatile MIDI CC devices open up a world of creative control.

Live's Core Library includes five Max For Live devices that will generate and route MIDI Control Change (CC) messages to virtually any Live parameter. Need one more LFO or envelope to finish off that perfect synth patch? Need to pan the position of the train as it leaves the station? Want to simultaneously fade one instrument in and another out with custom curve shapes? One or more of these devices will get the job done.

Envelope and Expression Control are MIDI effect devices. You insert them on any MIDI track or before the instrument on any instrument track, and they respond to incoming MIDI messages, which they also pass through. Envelope Follower, LFO and Shaper are audio effect devices. You insert them on any audio track or after the instrument on any instrument track. All three pass incoming audio through without affecting it, but Envelope Follower also uses the incoming audio level to create its envelope. You'll find all these devices in the Audio Effects and MIDI Effects tabs of Live's Categories browser, but the easiest way to locate them is in the Max MIDI Effect and Max Audio Effect folders of Live's Core Library Pack.

With all of the devices except Expression Control, you assign their target by clicking the button labelled 'Map' at the top left of the interface and then clicking the control you want to modulate. Clicking the menu icon at the top right of the interface flips to a...

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Published August 2020