June 22, 2012

Using Maschine with Ableton Live

We are proud to present “Controlling Maschine Scenes in Ableton” our first in a series of screen flow tutorial videos.  Our goal is to go a little deeper into how you can use some of the great products we sell, in this case LaunchpadMaschineMoog Slim Phatty, and Ableton Live.


This is Lonely Paul with Today I am here in the first of a series of screen-flow based tutorials to show you how to use clips within Ableton Live to trigger scene changes in Maschine which will give you the ability to map your pattern changes from within Ableton sequences or using Ableton clips.

So the way to do this is you actually create clips that have program change messages. Now I’ve already gone ahead and built my one through seven because I’ve got seven patterns. But just for the sake of showing you how to do one, I’m going to go down here and double click on this eighth slot and then go down to this program dialogue and just select eight. And what that means is that these will all correspond over here on Maschine to the different patterns that I have toggled and the eighth non-pattern that I’ll be using as a silent frame.

So once you’ve done that you’ll notice that I can start clicking through all these patterns all I like, and the pattern’s not going to change at all. So what I have to do actually is enable Ableton or actually enable Maschine to see what I’ve done. The way to do that is to go to the new project dialogue and you click scene Midi settings. And let’s pull this dialogue over here so you can see it without me moving the camera around and you will click enable. And once you click enable you will go to midi program change because that’s the method we’re using to call this up. You could do it with Midi notes but that’s a whole other thing and as far as the channel goes that dialogue doesn’t really matter in this particular instance because we’re not talking to multiple devices, we’re just talking from the channel where ableton has Machine to Maschine.

So, with that done, we should now be able to go back over here and we can click right through and we can run all those little patterns. And that’s pretty much it and there’s the silent clip like I told you.

So what’s cool here is you can actually use this now in the arrange mode if you’re using something like I’m using, the Launch Pad or an APC to trigger your Ableton clips you can then go into record and arrangement and you can just start to sort of triggering your little melodies that you’ve got setup on the side. Right now you’re hearing an SH01 melody that I did and then down below I’ve got a bass that I’m going to call up with the MOOG  after this little bit here… and there’s the bass. And we’re gonna start bumping through the patterns and you can see there where the lines are being drawn in, that are actually showing where I’ve changed out the clips. And that gives you some flexibility later on if you want to go back and edit the arrangement as you’ve made it. And there I drop the base back out so we have no clips coming from it for a second and then we’ll go back into the song in two seconds with kind of a da da da da thing here.

Anyway you get the jist. And It’s a pretty simple technique. It’s easy for helping you keep all of your stuff organized with Maschine in Ableton’s work flow and it really simplifies a lot of the arrangement process for those of us who like to keep things programmed rather than flattening them out.

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