Control and Automation adjustment impossibly jumpy -- just me?

Coming from Logic.. the controls for ableton are really unpredictable.  They jump around like crazy at the slightest touch.  I got the tip for pressing Command (apple) while adjusting faders etc.  But what about adjusting automation.  Everything is jumping all over the place for me and I find it impossible to be precise.  Is there a way to get around this?

Thank you!

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Montgomery 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    I really don't understand what you mean by "jumpy".  Do you mean the envelopes?

    Try making your envelope-view under each track bigger by dragging it, and zoom in as far as you like; if you still can't make accurate changes, you're doing something wrong!

    If you mean "jumpy" as a reference to midi control of parameters; Live has a lot of ways to make that go as smooth as you like;

    f.i.; in the midi-assign window you can set minimum and maximum value for any given control parameter, and if you want your faders to behave more precise; have a look at the preferences - midi/sync, and change the takeover mode. It is set to "none" usually, but there are 2 other modes that might work better for your way of midi-control.

    Hope this helps, because I've never experienced anything like what you describe here....

    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • Carlosnik
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    Have you extended the view of the Volume Faders? By default Ableton shows a graphic volume meters, but if you step your mouse pointer between the separation line of the Volume Control and the Main Session View, you will be able to extend the view into a detailed one, with Peack Meters, Detailed Volume Values, and more space to experiment with the graphic meters path.

    Hope this could help you!

    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • traxtray
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    Try using a different input device. I have some problems using my graphic tablet, but with a mouse or trackpad it should work as expected. 

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • malm123
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    Hey everyone so I have my faders on my LaunchControl XL mapped to also select the track when i move them. It is handy because i don't have to map a button to track select.

    The problem is that if the track volume is below -12DB, Ableton dosen't select the track until the fader hits the -12DB marker (about 70% of the way up). This is fine if i am bringing the track in but i want to be able to just tap the fader no matter where it is and have it select the track. 

    I am wondering though if anyone can advise me on how to make it react all the time no matter what the range is? (this could cause problems like ableton crashing if you try to bring in a bunch of tracks at once but i would like to test it)

    2 months ago | 0 comments
  • elleorde
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    I'm having this problem. I basically cannot draw in automation in arrangement view as the cursor keeps wildly moving in directions that I do not want. It is taking me at least twice as long to get some sort of automation programmed in and even then it is not precise as I have had to make do with the points that I managed draw in that were near to where I wanted them.  I was using Ableton Live 9.6.1 on a Windows 7 64bit laptop and i did not have this problem. I am now using the same laptop but running Windows 10 home 64bit. As this is the only difference I would say that there is something needing fixed within Ableton on Windows 10 and the way the cursor reacts when using a touch pad. This behavior only exists within Ableton. The trackpad and cursor behave very smoothly in all other applications. All of my laptop hardware drivers are up to date. Please can Ableton technical support look into this as it has completely halted my work flow. Thanks.

    2 months ago | 2 comments
  • Carlosnik
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    It seems to me, you have a problem there. I don't really understand what you mean when you say jumpy controls... that's not Ableton normal behavior.

    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • hmj
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    I know what you mean, I came from over 8 years of Logic and Pro Tools. Ableton destroys both programs with most features but when it comes to refined, accurate behavior, solid metering and faders you might as well forget it. 

    I mean just look at the faders, they're little triangles. Can't really take those serious.

    4 years ago | 0 comments

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