'Hold' mechanism for notes in Ableton Live

In Live, is there a 'Hold' mechanism/plugin/whatever, to allow me to play a chord and have it 'hold'? (Meaning, after I release the notes the chord keeps playing.)

In MIDI terms, no MIDI NoteOff is passed to the instrument.

(Which means that there must also be an 'unlock' mechanism at one stage, otherwise the chord will play forever :)





colage 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Eppe
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    If you want to just use this feature while playing live and not draw any automation afterwards I suggest getting a MIDI keyboard with a sustain pedal, cause you'd have to draw in the automation afterwards so you might as well just make the MIDI notes longer, and I'm guessing the point is being able to do it live, not afterwards.

    But anyway if you want to use automation to do this click your midi clip so you can see the midi editor. Make sure you can see the envelopes box (click the E symbol in the lower left corner). In the envelopes box, set the first parameter to 'MIDI Ctrl'. Set the second parameter to '64 - Hold Pedal'. You can now draw the automation. If its value is 64 or above it holds the notes, if it's 63 or below it turns off notes again.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • pedro666
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    Im using the built in arppegiator with hold engaged,i press whatever keys on keyboard and the sound continues until i press the hold button to disengage it but obviously it is arp'd to whatever its set to (up down,down down up etc).you could change it to play one note(s) say every 32 bars (not sure what biggest length is).That would give you the hold feature

    10 months ago | 0 comments

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