Mackie Emulation for your MIDI Footboard for Ableton Live

Here’s a cool/quick way to map a MIDI Footboard for Live Looping using Mackie Control emulation (basically we are tricking Live into thinking your Footboard is a Mackie Controller, which has lots of MIDI functions).

1) Set your footboard pedals to send these MIDI notes:

96: Up
97: Down
98: Left
99: Right
100: Launch/Record Selected Clip
76: Undo
101: Launch Selected Scene

2) Select "Mackie Control" in Live’s Preferences. You’ll want to make sure the In and Out sections are set to your footboard (in my case here, I have a Behringer FCB1010 Plugged into my RME Fireface 400 Audio/MIDI Interface).

Now you can move up down left right in Session View, and record/loop on whichever track you want. You can assign a button for Record Arm, or leave all tracks armed.

You can do a lot more than that with Control Aid or Selected Track Control for Ableton Live.

2 Responses

  1. This is great stuff… do you have a video of this ? i just bought a beringher 1010 myself and im wondering whats the best setup to do live looping with ableton…

    December 28, 2010 at 12:31 pm

  2. Jethroe

    Hi Remi, I’ll try at some point to make a video, but I’m traveling too much at the moment. For more FCB1010 help, check out:
    http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/fcb1010/

    And check out the video I made on Kid Beyond long ago for some amazing Live Looping:
    http://www.ableton.com/kid-beyond

    December 28, 2010 at 12:39 pm

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