Since it was designed, Ableton has stood out from the competition.It is the session view that makes it unique.
Instead of rows, the session uses columns.
When you are using Ableton, time does not flow from right to left, but instead, snippets of audio are inserted into each column.
To play the audio, just launch the clip and let Ableton do the hard work of time stretching to suit the bpm.
This means that the clips of Audio will play in time with each other, allowing you to get creative with sounds that were previously unmixable.
This way, you do not spend all of your time in the studio learning the ultra technical side of electronic music production.
Ableton allows producers do what they love most, create amazing music and experimental sounds.
With a free flowing session, you can add and remove sounds as you will.
When you are mixing on your Midi controller, the unit allows you to apply clips ads one-time shots or loop them continually.
This makes Ableton ideal for use when creating music from scratch in your studio.
If you have been making music for a considerable amount of time, it is easy for you to record and loop at the same time in real time.
Ableton Live has opened up a great avenue of music making possibilities.
You can really leverage the power of Ableton lives software, sounds, and workflow, when you invest in a purpose, made a midi controller, for this unique DAW.
The Complete Buyers Guide To Ableton Live Midi Controllers
Midi controllers are quickly rising to become one of the most important parts of making music.
But there is a problem, Midi Controller brands are rising, making it a challenge for people to choose the best.
While there are some controllers designed for use specifically with Ableton Live, some are designed to also use other DAWs.
You might need a controller that uses other DAWs, but there are low chances of the Ableton Live failing.
Let’s break down what makes a great DAW better, by using a custom designed midi controller.
Most Midi controllers these days are designed with faders, knobs, and buttons.
With all these options, you have enough hands-on control to speed up your production time and express your creativity.
This includes controlling the Ableton Live DAW directly from your controller.
Knobs, sliders and modulation wheels allow you an authentic classic feel.
There are controllers that are designed with auto-mapping technology that makes the knobs and faders correspond to your Ableton Live.
Musicians will appreciate the size of a 25-key controller as it allows you to use its knobs to modulate different aspects of music making.
If you have enough space and you want to play with both hands or you want to do keyboard splits, consider a full-size keyboard.
This will have up to 88 keys.
However, if portability is key for you, choose a compact 25-key controller.
If you plan to use your controller on the go, much as you need a full sized keyboard, a compact controller will come handy.
When you watch professional keyboardists play, you will realize how they lay down a lead line and then fasten off with an expressive vibrato.
You might also have seen them leaning into a key deeper for an aftertouch event.
It is a handy feature for musicians who need to add expressiveness to their music.
Aftertouch is found only on high-end controllers.
It is a feature that you might not notice missing from your controller until you use a controller that has it.
Aftertouch is offered in two forms; monophonic and polyphonic.
Polyphonic allows you to vary parameters on each note independently.
It is relatively expensive to have aftertouch in Midi control, and as such, it is advisable to take full advantage of this feature.
These days Midi is transmitted via USB in most modern controllers.
However, there are advanced units that offer more connection options such as jacks that make your music making easy.
When you have 5-pin DIN jacks on the Midi controller, it gives you the ability to control external equipment such as hardware synths.
CV and Gate outputs give you the ability to modulate classic synth gear.
You will hardly come across a Midi controller that does not offer a pedal jack.
However, most basic controllers do not offer a continuous controller pedal.
An expression pedal lets you modulate different parameters in real time and you do not have to take your hands off your keys.
You might have no problem using the black and white pads on your keyboard, but some people do not like them.
Velocity sensing pads are becoming common.
The conventional controllers are offered with 8 or more performance pads that allow you to trigger loops and play drums.
There are controllers that even sense aftertouch.
Pads are good as they let you control your Midi with ease.
However, a horde of pads will take up more space on your controller.
So let’s review what we think the best midi controllers are for your Ableton Live based productions to increase workflow, make a quick track on the fly and using Ableton as an instrument and not just a piece of software.
TheBehringer Nekkst range features front-firing bass-ports, which used together with the speaker’s built-in Room Compensation allows the speaker to be placed close to the wall with no significant blurring to the low end.
The Nekkst K8 features 8” woofer and 1” silk-dome tweeter, enabling the speaker to provide a frequency response between 40Hz-20kHz.
Seamlessly integrates with Ableton Live (v9.1.3+) provides hands on control of Ableton's Clip Matrix, mixer parameters, virtual instruments / effects and more
Trigger clips, loops and samples using a 5x8 clip launch matrix with RGB feedback for clip status and colour coding. Manipulate the scope of the grid using the dedicated shift button and directional arrows
Take command of DAW parameters, virtual instruments and effects with 9 channel faders, 8 control knobs, and 8 device controls that seamlessly maps with Ableton Live
Conveniently located assignable A/B crossfader for dynamic DJ style mixing on the fly
USB powered plug and play connectivity for Mac and PC
Comprehensive production software package for Mac and PC worth over $200 included: Ableton Live Lite with Puremagnetik Effect Racks, Hybrid 3 by AIR Music Tech, SONiVOX Twist, Prime Loops sample packs, and Toolroom Records artist launch packs (downloads)