Random Volume Automation in Ableton

A few days ago, I started experiencing random volume automation in Ableton on one of my tracks. It's happened in two separate sets.

This happened not too long after I upgraded to the latest Ableton build, 8.2.whatever.

I'm using two AKAI controllers, an APC20 and an MPD32, both at the same time, and I thought maybe the 32 was sending random MIDI data, so I cleared the firmware, and re-installed it to see if that helped. It doesn't seem to be sending random data values anymore, but I still seem to be experiencing random volume automation on the same track, track 2, every time for some reason.

Has anyone else experienced this? Any ideas on how to troubleshoot/resolve? Thanks in advance!

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  • JamesMiles
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    Sounds like a problematic fader on your controller.

    Check if it does it using only one controller or the other.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • jestermgee
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    Yeah, faders on MIDI gear can collect dust after a while (wipe your gear regularly). If it is suspected that you have a phantom message from your gear, as suggested, unplug one or all and test. If it stops without anything connected then connect 1 at a time and see which one it is.

    Also, with the MPD32 for instance you would see the display change top show which control last sent data. My old MIDI keyboard is always sending phantom data (I don't use the controls on it any more for this reason) and though it doesn't cause issues it is still annoying seeing MIDI flashing into Ableton all the time.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • shadowboxer
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    Im having the same problem , pretty sure its a dusty faulty fader.  Does anyone have any tips for cleaning, Akai support in Australia is terrible.  I've got the idea of turning the fader MIDI send message off for all of them, does anyone know how to do this without MAX?

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • jestermgee
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    Go to an electronics store or ebay and look for electronic cleaning spray or even air cans. The electronic spray will flush dust and worn carbon from the faders. Only needs a small spray.

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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