how to use launchkey mini keys and pads?

I must be really dumb, all I want to do is use my novation launchkey mini to input sounds (like keyboards and drums) using the keys or the pads into abelton live lite.

I can sometimes get the keys and pads working but as soon as I click record abelton goes SILENT! Its really annoying! surely I can use the touch sensitive keys to record or is novation a performance ONLY controller?

Ive tried midi track recording , session view and loop recording but nothing .....de

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scarlett13 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • Nick Dixon
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    Press the in control right pointing arrow button to turn the light off and the pads are drum pads. Turn the light back on and the pads are clip triggers. Hold the in control arrow down and you can then press a pad and it's number label is the midi channel you are selecting. Also make sure you arm the Ableton track you want to record in by clicking the box with a dot in it in Ableton to turn it red for record.

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • Nick Dixon
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    The top circle pad is trigger(Play) the highlighted scene(row) and the bottom circle is stop all. You can simply organize your song into sections with each section having it's own scene(row). Then trigger the next scene a little less than a measure early to make all clips playing transition to the next row when they finish. The up down arrows highlight the next scene(row) and the left right arrows highlight the columns. So use the up down to highlight the next scene you want and with one push all tracks will switch to that section in the time you have set in the Ableton clip trigger preferences. The top row of squares is your play trigger for individual clips and the bottom row stops the clip directly above. The track arrows and up down arrows change which clips will be triggered by the pads.  

    6 months ago | 0 comments
  • Nick Dixon
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    Make sure in the Ableton MIDI Preferences you have the launchkey mini selected in the control surfaces tab and that the launch key mini port 2 is selected as the input and output. Then under take over mode in the MIDI ports area all you need on is the simply labeled launch key mini track input on.

    6 months ago | 0 comments
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    Also make sure you launchkey mini is recognized and set up properly in the Ableton MIDI preferences

    6 months ago | 0 comments

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