Changing instruments on the fly.
I'm a newb with an Akai MPK225(+ Ableton Live Lite), planning to use the MPK's keyboard like a stand-alone instrument on occasion.
During a tune onstage, I would like to switch back and forth between a Fender Rhodes sound to a string synth. How do I do that from the MPK and not the laptop?
I've figured out a cumbersome way to do this (below), but there's probably a *proper* and better way.
Here's my newbie kluge:
1.) Upload the Rhodes and strings into two different columns in Session view; e.g., the Rhodes may be in Column 1 and strings in Col 2. This way, each instrument gets a mixer.
2.) Using the ctrl-m (or pushing the MIDI button - upper right), I assign a pad to the "Arm" buttons on each of the two mixers. Thus, Pad 1 would arm Col 1 (the Rhodes) and Pad 2 would arm Col 2 (the strings).
3.) Not exactly sure why, but the "Monitor" section in the two mixers have to be set to "In". When set to "In", hitting Pad 1 arms Col 1 while disarming Col 2 and vice versa. If you put Monitor on "Auto" you hear both Cols 1 and 2 - which could be interesting.
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