Transposing midi

There's a nice easy "transpose" wheel on audio clips but on midi clips I have not yet found a transpose button, so I've been having to drag the midi up manually, which, if it's a "played in" performance means I can slightly alter the timing, which I'd rather not have.

Also I don't want to use the midi plugin device for transpose because I'm talking about a single midi clip not the whole track.

I imagine there is a simple way to do this but can anyone point me in the right direction?


keefbaker 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Quantize
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    If you hit cmd+A (ctrl+A on PC) all of the notes will be highlighted in the clip. You can then use the cursor keys on your keyboard to move the notes up and down without altering the timing in any way. Holding shift and the up or down arrows will jump the notes up/down one octave at a time.

    Hope this helps.


    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • Ableton_David Ableton staff
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    Have you tried using a clip envelope on the Pitch knob of the Pitch MIDI Effect? Leave the knob at "0" on the actual effect. This would allow you to edit the transposition of each clip individually, without changing the whole track.

    4 years ago | 0 comments
  • Tranceophile
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    This might be overkill for your purposes, but I've created a pair of freely downloadable MaxForLive devices that together allow you play pitch changes from one track in realtime, with these pitch changes being received on other tracks and causing whatever they're playing to be transposed accordingly.  For example, suppose you're improvising, laying down musical ideas, and would like use a single finger of your left hand to simultaneously transpose the notes coming from clips on your bass and pad tracks, while using your right hand to play melody on a lead synth VST.  This is very easy to accomplish with TransposerRT.

    The devices are available for download from .  Enter TransposerRT in the search box and you should find them.  On the download page, you'll see a description and a link to a YouTube tutorial video.

    FYI, here's how it works:

    One of the devices is the pitch offset Sender and the other is the Receiver.  The Sender generates and sends pitch offsets. It has a setting called Root Pitch; upon receipt of a MIDI note, the Sender compares the incoming note's pitch with the root pitch. and the difference between the two is sent out as the offset.  So if the root pitch is 60 (C3, Middle C) and you play the note one octave above (C4, 72), the difference is 72-60 = 12 semitones, which is sent out as the offset.

    A Receiver device sits on a MIDI track before the VST (or instrument, external device etc.), and passes MIDI notes from the track's currently playing clip.  However, before passing on the MIDI notes, it adjusts their pitch in accordance with the latest offset from the Sender.  So, for example, if the latest pitch offset from the Sender is 12 semitones, then notes output from the clip will be transposed 12 semitones before being passed on to the VST.

    14 days ago | 0 comments
  • cygnal
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    Here's another one, which seems the most "legit":

    In the clipview, in the box labeled "Notes", the first control is a text display bar, which displays the selected pitches, but it can also be dragged up/down to transpose the selected notes.

    This has existed at least since Live 9.1 according to my memory.

    12 days ago | 0 comments
  • keefbaker
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    Thanks guys! 2 different ways to do it! Superb!

    4 years ago | 0 comments

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