Hi – I am just trying to figure this out. If I want to make changes to things in Abelton from computer keyboard presses – it only seems to happen when the max window is selected – as soon as I have Live in front nothing happens – I have attached an example.
Any ideas gratefully accepted – If this doesn’t work I will have to use Midi triggers.
Instead of key objects use key mapping in Live.
Try the [hi] object.
@broc: In case where you not just want to map one button to one key but e.g. observe the modifier keys one would still need a key object.
@peter: for me the hi object doesn’t work as I use a laptop and the internal keyboard (and also the touchpad) aren’t recognized as hi devices.
Nobody answered until now, so – sorry for that!
Back in the days of Classic Mac OS there were a couple of enhanced key objects from 3rd Party Developers that would receive keystrokes even while Max was in the background. I wrote one as part of the iCE Tools. With OS X all the tricks used to get keystrokes while Max was in the background broke. I spent some time&effort trying to get at the keyboard state from a low level on OS X, but I’ve not had any real success. Being a "modern" operating system, OS X tends not to let applications access any hardware directly.
The introduction of the [hi] object was an additional disincentive to putting any more work into trying to solve this problem. But, yeah, [hi] doesn’t buy laptop users much joy with keyboards.
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