How do i get an output sound with ableton?

I purchased the Novation Impulse & it came with a copy of ableton live lite. 

I haver set up everything and the impulse comes with auto map,


When i strike a key on my impulse or the actual keyboard it shows signal that the input sound is being made, but no sound is being played




I have no instrument, drum racks, or any sounds when i select the instrument tabs


super frustrating, any help would be awesome. 


IAMTHESOUTH 5 years ago | 1 comment

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  • [stm] Ableton staff
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    Hi there,

    It is possible that your audio hardware is not yet set up in Live's Preferences. Have a look at this article and video:

    If you still experience the issue, a good idea here would be contacting our Support directly. 

    Best regards from Berlin,


    5 years ago | 1 comment
  • cmalaran
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    I'm having the same problem- I installed launchpad edition v. 8.0.6, I'm on a macBook Pro running 10.6.8

    When I go into the preferences for audio,

    I hear the test signal sound, no problem

    but when I drop things into the tracks and hit the buttons on my pad, everything blinks, the software shows activity

    but I hear nothing via my headphones or computer speakers


    my audio out is set to Core

    and built-in input and built-in output...



    4 years ago | 1 comment
  • Street Spirit
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    Yeah frustrating indeed lol, try arming the track so it turns red.. turn on auto monitor.  also go through lives built in lessons,, should be available even in Lite version, good luck. as far as the no instruments maybe there not available in lite, i know just Live without suit you get no instruments, only impulse and simpler.

    5 years ago | 2 comments
  • Haettichdochwasanderesgekauft
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    Hat die Frage nicht inzwischen vielleicht jemand lösen können?

    Habe das gleiche Problem, jedesmal sitzt man 2 Stunden um alles mögliche an dem Programm einzustellen, bevor man dann vielleicht mal einen Ton rauskriegt und am Ende hat man natürlich vergessen wie jman das geschafft hatte und beim nächsten mal gehts von vorne los.

    Sollte eigentlich für die Kinder sein das Programm, die habens nach paar Tagen schon eingemottet, ich hab mir jetzt ein Lauchchkey gekauft, dachte, ich probiers nochmal, aber wieder der gleiche Frust...

    Ist irgendwie nicht mehr ganz zeitgemäß, das Programm....

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • SonnySantiago
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    same problem with live lite 9 and novation launchkey49.

    no solution found

    the ableton support was pretty crappy but the novation support was really fine.

    while ableton sent 1 answer, i had a whole conversation and planty of solution options in the correspondence with nov...

    my primary problem where the settings in the preferences, because i had not the usual options to set my keys and stuff, so they sent me a few possibilities of settings an it worked. also they sent me an new usb-cable to better locate the problems. but for what - it worked... till now

    i had a really great idea to remix the daft punks end of line from the movie tron. i started ableton but suddenly - no signal came in. plug out of usb-port, whait, plug in port, restart ableton an signals came in from any knob, fader etc... but no keys :(

    i am really fucked up of this software and also of the ableton support - in this plug 'n play era those problems - rediculous

    "well, we can start a remotely controlled session. actualy this service is only for prime clients but exceptionally we can do it for you too." ABLETON, FUCK YOUR EXEPTIONALLY - i don´t have to stand for beein thankful for a support. i will pay munch money for your software if it works so who is in the position to kiss the others ass...

    (sorry for my english - greetings from germany XD)

    3 years ago | 2 comments
  • edavis1298
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    I had the exact same issue. And I solved it. You won't be able to get any sound unless you select and instrument from the categories column. You may have to toggle the screen by hitting the TAB button in order to view this column. I wanted my midi keyboard in the stylings of grand piano. So I went to the categories column, then to instruments, then instrument rack, Piano and Keys, then grand piano. I can now hear the keyboard and not just see the signal. Hope this helps. I was researching for 2 and a half hours before I decided to just follow through with creating and instrument track even though there was no sound. Here is he link to the instructions I followed:

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • Danielkn21
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    I am having the same problem currently.  Just bought the APCmini launchpad and it came with the ableton light.  I am having the exact same issues as the people above and   I have gone into the preferences but my computer already detects everything and theres more info on my screen in the preferences about the launch pad than there was in that video.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • boogdan.ica
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    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • juventinac
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    Ableton is the most biggest annoying shit program ever

    7 months ago | 0 comments
  • tukie
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    same problem...

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • hesperaxa
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    Im having the same issues, got a m-audio oxygen 25, free live 9. yay!

    installed everything, which broke another VST i had, so that was crap but fixed that.

    the controller is conected and working, you can see the flashing button on the screen and the nobs and switches work for plug ins and effects, but the keys and pads dont work for notes.

    i have even asked skilled and veteran synth players using this software, and they cant work it out, its like the free copy doesn't work with the cheaper controllers, its like you don't want them to work so we have to upgrade or buy more expensive machines.....


    not happy! its very hard for me to make music, learning how to use Live 9 and learning how to use synths, the last thing i need as a newbie is things not working at a basic level.



    2 months ago | 0 comments
  • Vannas
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    Ok, I This is what I did here in NYC: Checked that I had the correct device driver, downloaded Asio4all from CNET, checked that under options/ preferences, audio ...was set to ASIO and under that chose my device. Then checked that I was using the cortext USB port in my ASUS. Rechecked cords..some cords had come out, during fiddling with the thing. Make sure you get to the screen with the red record button. Also check that BOTH your "Audio input and Audio output" in system preferences on your comuputer have your device as the "default setting". I also restarted the computer. If all else fails, I'd delete everything and download it again! Be brave! Vannas

    10 months ago | 0 comments

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