Triggering Live from a foot pedal

Hello all. 

I'm pretty new to Live, and am looking to get it to provide accompaniment during band performances. We don't want to play to a click, or have to follow a regimented backing track so that why i'm trying live. 

Here is what i'd like to do: Tap Tempo 4 times and Ableton start playback on the first scene roughly in time with the band. Stop playback. Tap Tempo 4 more times to start the next scene. Stop playback. 

I play bass so i'd need to do this with a foot pedal of some description. 

I'm open to work arounds, and any input on a good foot controller would be useful. 

I'm currently trying to get it to work with a regular usb midi keyboard without any luck.

 

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billface 4 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Buleriachk
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    For Windows there is a free keyboard layout configuration program, "Microsoft Keyboard Layout Creator"

    The default when you bring it up will disable all keys except the space bar (as I remember), but if disabled you can always enable it).  In any case, you can save and load various layouts; for me, bringing the program up disables every thing except the spacebar; exiting the program brings the normal keyboard back.  I haven't tested if it lets you choose between two concurrent keyboards yet...

    You can then use the keyboard with all keys disabled (except the spacebar) as a footswitch - gluing a riser to the top of the spacebar will make it even better (and there are other ways I can think of as well)..

    This means you don't have to remove the other keys from the keyboard, since only the space bar will be active.

    FWIW, YMMV, etc 

     

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • deviantkirby
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    http://looptimus.com/looptimus/

    This or a Keith McMillen Softstep.

    You should be able to midi map every thing you want. 

    4 months ago | 0 comments
  • Buleriachk
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    You can't trigger the space bar with a midi command (at least last time I looked/tried)...

    4 months ago | 0 comments

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