Tascam TA 1 VP Auto-Tune with Ableton Live

Auto-Tune hardware for Ableton Live

MIDI messages from Ableton Live can control the TA 1 VP. This will become handy if you want to automate preset changes and select different presets functions like pitch scales. For live performances the TA 1 VP is the go-to hardware solution for effects like Auto-Tune. You are able to automate and access parameters like Auto-Tune via Ableton Live.

To keep things access-able and easy to control via a nice user interface I developed a Max for Live device.


Tascam TA 1 VP with Ableton Live

How to set up the TA 1 VP to be able to change presets via MIDI

You will first need to activate the TA 1 VP to be able to receive and listen to MIDI Program Changes. This way you are able to select different presets via MIDI being send from Ableton Live.

  • Press “SETUP”
  • Press “PAGE” several times to get to the MIDI page
  • MIDI PROGRAM CHANGE is not active and set to “OFF” per default. Change this to “ON” by pressing one of the back/forward buttons to select this field. Move the dial to change it to “ON”.
  • If you are using separate MIDI port here for the TA-1VP you can leave this to OMNI, it will listen to all 16 MIDI Channels. If you want to only sent on a certain MIDI Channel select this on the top row which says MIDI CHANNEL.
Automate presets changes for TA 1 VP via Ableton Live.

How to set up the TA 1 VP to change parameters like “AUTO TUNE” via MIDI

You will need to set each parameter to a certain MIDI Continuous Control (CC) number to be able to control this via Ableton Live.

  • Go To the MIDI Controllers page (press set-up and multiple times on PAGES)
  • Here you can select the parameter you want to control via MIDI CC on the left.
  • Select the right side (which shows “OFF” or a number) via one of the arrow buttons.
  • You can now select a MIDI CC# you want to use for sending value changes.
Automate Auto Tune in Ableton Live

Send MIDI from Ableton Live to the Tascam TA 1 VP

You will need to make a physical MIDI connection from your computer / MAC to the TA 1 VP. You can use a dedicated USB-to-MIDI cable for that. Most external sound cards have a 5-pin MIDI OUT socket which you can connect to the 5-pin MIDI IN of the TA 1 VP via a standard MIDI cable.

You can now create a MIDI TRACK in Ableton Live and set the “MIDI To” to the MIDI port (=MIDI TO USB cable / external sound card) you are using here.

You are now able to send MIDI CC and Program Changes via automations from clips via this track in Ableton Live.

Preset Selector and Auto-Tune Switch Max for Live device

If you have Max for Live you can use the plug-in I made for automating and accessing presets and the Auto-Tune function via Ableton Live. This device is available here for a donation of your choice. Please feel free to ‘buy me a pizza’ if the device is useful for you.

Auto tune Hardware for Ableton Live

Just place the Max for Live device on the MIDI track which is sending MIDI to the TA-1VP.

You are able to select the presets via buttons down+up or via a menu. This menu will display all names of the presets. To change the name of a preset you can use “Change Name” text input field. The preset selection can be changed via automations and envelopes for this menu. You can see each preset name via the automation break points.

The “Auto-Tune” function can be switched On + Off. The same MIDI CC number is applied in the Max for Live device as it is on the TA 1 VP.

If you need any (custom) Max for Live solution, please contact me for rates and advice – I might have the thing you need already build.