Note To Map – Steps – Max for Live device for Ableton Live


The Note to MAP devices are giving you some more flexibility then using normal MIDI MAP mode in Ableton Live. First of all you get the chance to not only have to stick to only one function/one mapping in your Ableton Live Set. Just by (de-)activating devices you can set-up and switch between multiple functions for just one MIDI note to trigger. Especially for live-sets and performances you might want to use the same pad or button of your external midi controller to trigger different things (e.g. Audio effects) in different parts of your performance.

Change parameters in Ableton Live via MIDI note

Another advantage of those devices is to set-up presets and re-call those. (Up to this moment Ableton Live doesn’t support saving or re-calling certain MIDI mappings natively, they can be only stored in ‘whole’ Ableton Live Sets.) This way you could get a faster and better workflow.

Note to MAP – Steps – Manual

Note Input

The “Note To Map” Max for Live devices are designed to be triggered incoming MIDI notes. Make sure that your MIDI IN routings and settings like “ARM”ing or “Monitor IN” on the MIDI track are set the way that the device will receive MIDI notes.

1.Switch on the Note Input

MIDI note Input for Ableton Live

2.Set the MIDI Note Pitch:

You can press “S” (= ”SYNC”) to make the device ‘listen’ to your MIDI note input. Then just trigger/hit the MIDI note e.g. from your external controller and the pitch of this note will be set automatically.

You can as well edit the pitch value by putting in the value in the pitch number/note field by selecting it and using your mouse (slide up+down) or putting in the value with your computer keyboard.

Select Steps

Select values to be triggered for Ableton Live

In the “Select Steps” main menu you can select how many steps you want to have in your triggering chain. The first 5 selections not only set the numbers of steps but will set the values those steps as well. E.G. “26steps @ 5” will give you 26 steps with an increase of “5” for each step. (Step 1 to value “0”, step 2 to “5”, step three to “10” and so on.

Selecting individual steps and values to be triggered in Ableton Live

If you select “2-10” steps the “Indiv.” (=individual) number box becomes active. In there you can choose between 2 up to 10 steps to be available.


Edit the values to be triggered in Ableton Live

You can edit the value of each step, which will be triggered when reaching this step individually. Just put in the dedicated values in the black and yellow number boxes.

Note Input To Step No X

You can set up a second MIDI note to go to a certain step and trigger its value. This could come handy if you want to jump straight to a certain value. Just set the step number you want to jump to in the “To Step” number field. It will then go “UP” or “DOWN” from this value when triggering the first “Note Input”.

Triggereing a ceratin value being mapped in Ableton Live

Note: Make sure the “To Step” number actually triggering a step inside the range of steps you have set/which are displaying “Min” + “Max” values, you will ‘jump’ outside this set range. The next trigger(s) and value changes will be changes up/down going from the current “Reset To” value till you are back in the set range.

Change parameters in Ableton Live via MIDI note


Output Monitor for value changes in Ableton Live

To be able to monitor the values you are triggering you got an Output section which shows the current/last triggered value. This section will light up yellow when a change is triggered.

MAP a parameter

You can now MAP a parameter of your Ableton Live set. E.g. you could MAP a track volume slider, a send wheel or close to all parameters of audio effects, midi effects and instruments.

1.Just press the MAP button to set it into ‘mapping-to-target’ mode.

2.The button will blink between yellow and red now.

3.Then click on the parameter you want to map.

Set up a mapping in Ablwton Live

4.The name of the parameter will be shown now.

5.To ‘un-map’ the parameter, click on the X to the right.