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June 02, 2009


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Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

Mark Mosher

Hey CCNA, Thanks!!!

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I really enjoy seeing this kind of workflow, as I have the same general setup (swapping the Novation for a MPK49). One further step I am curious about is after setting up this instrument rack and controller mapping, how can you go about saving it so that its easy to call up for other projects. Maybe I am missing a step of programming in my controller, but my process of midi learning nobs never saves and is a very tedious task everytime I want to do something as complex as in your example above. Thanks in advance for any tips, or if you could point me to another video that explains setting up controllers. Live 8 looks great and probably remedies the problem I'm having.

Mark Mosher

I recomend saving your settings in templates. That way when you load the templates will load with your saved mappings.

Matt Verzola

great video! i'm about to take the plunge and upgrade from Live 7 to 8.

John Machielsen

Mark, I just stumbled upon this excellent posting after researching for new midi controllers in my dual Cubase/Ableton studio setup.

I am leaning towards an APC40 and a Remote SL MKII, as you got here basically.

What I'm wondering is the following, which doesn't become clear after watching your video:

1) When you shift the APC40 into the second bank of 8 controls of the device, is the Remote SL also looking at the second 8 controls, or still setup to control the first 8 parameters?

2) Can instrument racks be setup to have more than 8 macro's?

Mark Mosher

Re 1) No the devices themselves are not synchronized in that way. You could control two different sets of 8 tracks

2) No. 8 is the max for a macro. You can of course midi map individual knobs to more than this. You can nest racks, but this wouldn't help you focusing on more than 8 at a time.

FYI I've sold my APC 40 and now I run with Remote SL 25 MKII + Launchpad. I find this combination offers the most flexibility for me plus it all runs on bus power. APC40 is good if you want a one-to-one instant mapping to Live for for me I prefer more flexibility. Here is a pic of my rig http://bit.ly/qAWZve

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