How to map certain notes of an instrument to keys on a midi controller?


Apologies up-front if this is a dumb question, but I'm a total Ableton newbie and this has been gnawing at me for a bit now.

So I know I can drag a MIDI instrument onto a track, and then arm that track and the notes of the instrument will be bound to the keys of my MIDI controller.  But how would I set it up so only some of the notes of that instrument are mapped onto my MIDI controller, so I can use the other keys to map to other things, such as a drum kit?

Thank you,



slimefriend 9 months ago | 0 comments

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  • hilker
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    Use the Key Zone Editor of an Instrument Rack to restrict MIDI input.

    To enclose the instrument in an Instrument Rack, click on the instrument's Device Title bar to select it, then choose Group from the Edit menu. Click the new Rack's Show/Hide Chain List button to show the Chain List. Click the Chain List's Show Key Zone Editor button. Then drag the zone from its left or right edge so that it only covers the notes you want.

    From there you can add another chain with a different instrument by dropping it in the Drop an Instrument or Sample Here area of the Chain List, and adjust its Key Zone to respond to different notes.

    9 months ago | 1 comment
  • cygnal
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    Also remember that mapping keys to controller type objects overrides the notes automatically.

    9 months ago | 0 comments

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