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TOPIC: Controller Recomendation for Live

Controller Recomendation for Live 2 years 1 month ago #24059

Hi Everybody!

Here is my first question on this forum.

Give me please some recommendation for choosing additional midi-controller for Live. I've already Launschpad S, but as is well-known it has no triggers, only knobs. I've conclude that it's very inconvenient to make music without triggers and knobs.

Thank you in advance!

P.S. Sorry for my English it's not my native language. :)
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Controller Recomendation for Live 2 years 1 month ago #24061

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I had the original Launchpad which was ok for clips, but now have Ableton Push.
Push is brilliant, hardly touch the mouse these days except copy, paste stuff or to finish a track off in arrangement view.
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Controller Recomendation for Live 2 years 1 month ago #24105

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How is the Push for use as a synth. For playing melodies and to make basslines and sythlines.
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Controller Recomendation for Live 2 years 1 month ago #24107

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yeah find the push great especially for jamming and improvising to come up with ideas. You can set the key and scale and have it hide all the notes that aren't in the scale, or you can have those present but 'dimmed'.
You might need to play around with the velocity curves to find one you like. Its got aftertouch too which is great to link to the synth parameters. Also a pitch bend but i do miss a mod wheel. You can also use the 8 knobs at the top to control synth settings but you have to put a vst into a rack and add macro buttons for this (unless you use a live instrument).
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Controller Recomendation for Live 2 years 1 month ago #24108

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Sounds like it's a pretty complete controller for Ableton live studio/software. If you set up a project with some instruments and effect(box)s you can do ALOT of the (raw)production without having to go into the live window - using the mouse mostly to navigate between tracks and instruments etc. Have to get round to buying one myself. Need a proper soundcard to use with my laptop, also, I guess.
What's peoples experience with an external soundcard. Is it essential - to get good sound, if you have all the input/output channels you need? Have seen in videoes that those that have Apple mac laptops often have a volume control - (an apple product in the same design) connected to the laptop. No, I should look it up on the net and not ask questions.
Thanks for the answer! Enjoy working in the studio :cheer:
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