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Is it possible to send MIDI from within Ableton?

Mar 12 2014 | 9:41 pm


have not been able to find an answer to this but I suspect it is commonly asked. Or at least I hope so, otherwise I would feel very dumb.

All examples I have seen have some type of Learn/Map etc. and is using the live.api. But I prefer MIDI mapping where I can change ranges etc. Is there any way? And if not and I use the live.api, can anyone recommend a good library or patch that I can look at as a reference?

Mar 13 2014 | 2:26 am

Ableton does not natively send MIDI data out, hence the LiveAPI is usually used in preference as it provides bi-directional feedback

you would need to write a python or m4l script to send out midi info

just out of interest, what do you mean by ranges and why does the learn/map not cover what you need?


Mar 14 2014 | 2:09 pm

With ranges I mean that the artist I create the patch for can invert the input ranges, and place the min/max of the input, natively and the way he is used to mapping MIDI. Instead of re-inventing the wheel.

Learn/Map doesnt do a few things, it doesnt send MIDI OUT so a potential controller cant respond. And when you enter MIDI-mode you get a good overview of what is mapped etc. which is really helpful. I think its weird you cant enter an explicit midi-mode from inside ableton.

Mar 14 2014 | 3:09 pm

ah, i see… have you checked out Isotonik Studio’s devices? I know they’re pretty configurable…

you may also want to keep an eye on my Gridlock development ( – I’m currently building the Ableton integration at the moment, so always open to suggestions :)

Mar 18 2014 | 7:44 am

Have not checked them out, will do, but i wrote a simple m4l-osc-midi-ableton-patch instead.. really not in to any type of "learn"-processes that m4lapi is using.

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