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Dorian Live

Dorian Live

1 September 2015

CreativePact (32 posts)

Having lately developed my studio practice it's time to look at the live side, so with a big gig on the horizon I'll use this Pact to lay the groundwork for Dorian Live.

Dorian live in Live


Back after a weekend away and I took a look at how Maschine might be employed in the live setting. Unfortunately, it looks like Maschine's handling of third-party controllers may rule it out. But there is a solution: its name is Ableton Live.

First though, let's quickly mention the issue with Maschine in this scenario. Basically, Maschine utilises a proprietary protocol to integrate the DAW software with its controller. The only way in for third-party devices is by MIDI note messages or MIDI CCs linked via Maschine's macros.

I already have a Novation Launchpad Mini controller and confirmed that it can be used to trigger samples via MIDI note data. However, none of the Launchpad's pads light up in any way with Maschine and I don't know how to get that to work. This might seem like "little biscuits" (Adam Jansch, 2015) but having the pads light up is an important performance consideration.

A realisation occurred after this testing: Ableton Live would actually be the better software for this piece. All the separate parts I need to program can be set up in individual clips and the Launchpad Mini will display clips by default. There is one other thing required: I will need two controllers running concurrently, one for me and one for James. So I need to check that Live supports this configuration.