2 Minute Ableton Tip #1: Remap Dangerous Controls

I decided to start a little series of quick tips for Ableton Live, called the Two Minute Ableton Tip.  In this regularly updated series, I will share some advice and techniques I have picked up along the way.  They will deal with live performance, production, workflow techniques… pretty much whatever comes up!  Since I started making Free Ableton Live Packs, I have received a lot of questions about all kinds of things.  The Two Minute Ableton Tips will address those and whatever other useful bits of information I can think of.  I hope you find them fun, useful, and to the point.

This video talks about a horrible mistake that actually happened to me at a live performance recently.  I was jamming out on my set to an audience who was still deciding if they liked what they heard or not.  Suddenly, I accidentally hit the stop button on my APC40!  Dead silence.  To make matters worse, I was recording the set into Ableton’s arrangement view, so it took my computer a good thirty seconds to render all I had recorded.  This meant I couldn’t even say anything over the microphone!  Embarrassing :(  Fortunately, the rest of the set went well, but I have to admit, I never quite got back into the groove.  So to solve this problem I have remapped these dangerous buttons to simply select a track in my live set.  This way, if I should hit one by mistake (and those buttons are dangerously close to the crossfader) nothing audible will occur.  I show you how in the quick video.  Don’t make the same mistake as your boy AfroDJMac! Remap Dangerous Controls!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000320105025 Jean-Michel Bourget on Facebook

    I feel like it’s gonna be an awesome series.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=196562153696573 AfroDJMac on Facebook

    Thanks JM-DG!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=193601309 Ed Burke on Facebook

    My man my man

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000634554502 David Che on Facebook

    thanks a lot !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001978808493 Florian Erzählmirnix

    thx for your ideas. I would recommend to remap the StopAllClips button too. Happend me one time … nightmare!
    One Question: When you hit the button on your keyboard-thingy which repeats the Kick, which effect is it? BeatRepeat?

    • http://www.afrodjmac.com/ AfroDJMac

      Yea if you don’t need that sucker, remap it too.  I use that button in my sets, so I don’t.  It’s much less dangerously positioned than the others, plus when I hit it, my computer doesn’t pause like it does with the Master Play, Stop, and Record.  But if you don’t need it, remap it!

      Yea I have that set to a Beat Repeat, with some chorus as well, to make it pop out a bit.  Maybe I’ll do a tip on that  :)

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