how can I control the scenes launch of two different ableton with an Akai APC40?

hi everybody,

a simple problem:

we have two macbook pro (running Ableton live) clock synced through two mAudio Fastrack Pro connected through i/o Midi ports. This is fine. We have an Akai APC40 connected to the master mac and we'd like to control with its standard mapping the scene launch of both our Ableton.

The goal is to launch a scene on both macs with one controller.

Is it possible? how?

Our best result: we send/receive midi messages between the macs through our soundcards. Our Midi settings:

Master ableton soundcard output: track_on  sync_on  remote_on

AKAI APC40 input: track_off  sync_off  remote_on

AKAI APC40 Output: track_off  sync_on  remote_on

Slave ableton soundcard input:  track_on   sync_on   remote_on

the problem is that the message received was not consistent: we mapped an AKAI's scene launch button (for example A#1) to launch a scene on the slave mac but the received message was always a CC (1/4 or 1/11, 1/10...apparently random)



crasnico 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Mark One
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    2 votes

    The USB cable will not work it is designed to provide extra power to a power hungry USB device. Unlike firewire USB is not parallel. 

    The best way to get really accurate sync is to use Word Clock, ADAT or S/PDIF which I'm afraid your soundcards don't have.

    MIDI should work providing you can set your latency correctly though you will experience 'jitter' which is a degree of inaccuracy.

    Mark Ono

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • scottiedo
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    Have you ever tried something like this?

    I never have but it was the first thing to come to mind.

    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • crasnico
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    thanks both

    @ mark ono: does that ports carry midi messages other than timecode MIDI? i.e. MIDI CC messages?

    for now i think il''try with the cable! cheap and easy solution it would be great! ill let u know


    6 years ago | 0 comments

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