Note To MIDI CC – Steps – Max for Live device for Ableton Live


The Note to MIDI CC devices are giving you the ability to create and set MIDI CC values. This way you can control external MIDI hardware, send MIDI CC to other softwares and apps or route this MIDI back to Ableton Live. First of all you get the chance to not only have to stick to only one setting here. 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 in different parts of your performance.

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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.

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Note to MIDI CC – Steps – Manual

Note Input

The “Note To MIDI CC” 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.


Output Monitor for value changes in Ableton Live

Set the MIDI Control Change / Continuous Control Number (CC#)

You are now creating CC values when you are sending in the dedicated MIDI note. You need to route the MIDI CC data via the “MIDI To” of the MIDI track the device is placed on.

Ableton Live MIDI routing

You will need to define on which MIDI CC number this values need to be send. Per default this is set to “20” but can be changed to your desired values.