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My demonstration on using the Novation Launchpad and Drum Racks in Ableton that I did for Novation has been viewed over 25,000 times 🙂

Novation Launchpad – User Mode 1 (Drum Rack)


In this video we take a look at User Mode 1 on the Novation Launchpad, which is tailored for triggering Drum Racks in Ableton Live.

By default the Pad LEDs don’t respond when pressed in User Mode 1 or when notes are being played by Ableton so I’ll show you some MIDI routing that will allow you to get a visual feedback.

Using the Drum Racks in User Mode 1 it’s quite easy to build up a drum loop using Overdub in a MIDI clip.

In this video I’ll demonstrate an interesting feature of Ableton: MIDI Remote Scripting. This allows you to use any MIDI controller, in our case the Novation Nocturn, to access the first 8 Controls of a focused Device in Ableton. This is a similar feature to the Track Control section on the Akai APC40.

You can read more about it here & here.

I’ve uploaded the edited script and Automap Settings here:

As I mention in the video, being able to instantly access Device Controls is fantastic when working in the studio, however I prefer hard mapped controls when performing so I know what’s what.

Launchpad & Nocturn – Instant Track Control Using MIDI Remote Scripts

This month we celebrate the 1st Birthday of Digital Republic and to mark the occasion I’ve recorded a special studio set of unreleased material all performed live in Ableton Live.

1. Part 1 (Frozen Lakes)
2. Part 2 (Spooky Keys)
3. Part 3 (Basically)
4. Part 4 (Sundial in the Shade)
5. Part 5 (Circumzenithal Arc)
6. Part 6 (Out of the system)
7. Part 7 (Vector)
8. Part 8 (Vertex)