Ableton Live – Monitor automation or Midi Mapping?



Asked by: Emily Maldonado

What is MIDI mapping in Ableton?





Ableton’s built in MIDI mapping engine allows you to select what each button/knob/pad on your MIDI controller/keyboard will control inside Ableton when you press/turn/tap it, allowing you to take any controller or keyboard which sends MIDI data, connect it to Ableton and create a set of custom controls, specific to

How do I automate MIDI in Ableton?

So as you may or may not know we now have to press the a key to access the automation. So this is now a global automation toggle button and as you can see there for press a then our clips change.

How do I monitor inputs in Ableton?

Open Live’s I/O section. Choose your input source in the dropdown: “Audio From” on audio tracks, “MIDI from” on MIDI tracks. When the monitor is set to “In” you’ll always hear play-through signal from your chosen source. When it’s set to “Auto” you’ll only hear play-through when the track is armed for recording.

Does Ableton have automation?

To show automation envelopes, enable Automation Mode by clicking the toggle button above the track headers, or using the A shortcut to the View menu item. Note that you can disable Automation Mode by pressing the toggle button or A shortcut key again.

What is a MIDI map?





So, what is a MIDI map? MIDI mapping allows you to connect an instrument or controller to the computer (like a MIDI keyboard) and adjust the functions. In other words, it gives people a way to adjust music without staring at a computer screen.

How do I get out of MIDI mapping in Ableton?

Click on the Live parameter that you’d like to control via MIDI. Send a MIDI message by pressing a keyboard key, turning a knob, etc., on your MIDI controller. You will see that this new MIDI mapping is now listed in the Mapping Browser. Exit MIDI Map Mode by pressing the MIDI switch once again.

What is automation mode Ableton?

Automation provides a way to control changes in parameters over time in an arrangement. In Ableton Live, automation can be accessed by pressing the letter “A” on the keyboard when in arrangement view.

How do I record automation without overwriting MIDI?

How To Record Automation Without Overwriting MIDI in Ableton

  1. Open Ableton.
  2. Select “A” on your keyboard or press the Automated Arm icon to enable automation as you usually would.
  3. Press the plus sign next to the Automated Arm icon. …
  4. Select the record button.




Can I record automation in Ableton?

Hi I'm Lee Mirman in this video we're going to look at recording automation in Ableton Live. Now recording automation basically means to capture the motion of a parameter over time. So a parameter

How do I enable automation in Ableton?

So for this you get the re-enable automation device here which you can trigger by mouse or you can set up a midi controller. And for the midi controller here again you have the momentary mode so that

Why is automation greyed out Ableton?

It is now grayed out and you'll see now that if we play on the track the automation is disabled it's not going to.



How do you automate an effect in Ableton?

Well for this we can use the global record function and our keyboard and mouse or a MIDI controller to automate effects over time.

How do I record automation with MIDI?

To record automation follow these steps:

  1. Press the Automation Arm button.
  2. Press the Arm Recording button on the track where your NI plug-in is loaded and start recording by pressing the Record button in the transport section.
  3. Move the parameter you want to automate in your NI plug-in’s window. …
  4. Stop the recording.


How do I automate plugins in Ableton?

1. Enable the plug-in’s own configuration system



  1. Open the plug-in’s ‘Utility’ menu (in the lower right corner of the plug-in window).
  2. Click ‘MIDI Learn’ → ‘Enable Host Automation’.
  3. Click any parameter in the plug-in GUI to enable it for automation.