What's a good way to control pitch bend without a pitch bend wheel?

I'd like some sort of momentary control that either pitch bends up or pitch bends down a predetermined amount while a note is held down. (Similar to pressing "1" or "2" on the computer keyboard in Garageband.) I couldn't think of a clean way to do this with my Launchpad or my computer keyboard.

Can this be done in Ableton Live 9 using either the Launchpad or the computer keyboard?

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aho338 1 year ago | 0 comments

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  • Happy Tony
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    Midi automation.  You draw it within your DAW.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • Happy Tony
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    you can also change the midi mapping setting to start or end at a certain point on your pitch wheel.  like have it start at 7 and go to 10 or such etc.

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • indijinouz
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    I'm not an Ableton user, but I use Launchpad heavy in my Reason workflow and this is how I've been doing it ever since I had to ditch my pianos pitch wheel and mod wheel to make it fit the desk I mounted it in.

    So using automap, I basically have pages upon pages of different note layouts on the 8x8 grid, and then I use the round buttons to the right as my pitch bend wheel-the entire column, each set to momentary. It's not perfect, because unlike a real pb wheel, the momentary buttons snap immediately when really they need to glide to and from values at a set speed (which theres no way to set in automap), but the way around this is by using the right kinds of patches and/or in your software instrument, sprinkling in a little extra portamento than usual so that when you hit the momentary launchpad buttons it glides like a real pitchbend. There's more programming thats required to finetune that approach even more but that should give you a start.

    The first bump in the road your gonna run into by doing that is probably noticing that you want the pitchbend to trigger the extra portamento, but not when you play the notes on the grid cause now its just too much all the time. Okay, no biggie. So just follow the road to the next logical step... somewhere in your software instrument, there will be a setting to make the portamento only kick in stronger when the pitcbend midi message is detected. And there you go simple is that;) just follow that kind of logic and you'll get any patch sounding just how you intend with my little launchpad techniqe.

    Really hope this helps, as well as any body else whose stressed out like me and dude have over trying to work around this same no-pb wheel problem, lol. Thats why I had to stop and say something when I seen this.

    Hit me up on facebook or email if you have questions or want me to send you my custom Launchpad maps. I got some good stuff for using it in standard Automap MIDI mode;)

    me@indijinouz.com
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    4 months ago | 0 comments

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