Ableton Live 8

Control rack parameters with Macro Controls

Control rack parameters with Macro Controls

OBJECTIVE: Make it easier to deal with the variety of parameters you’ll find in a typical rack by bringing out crucial parameters to a consolidated set of Macro Controls.
BACKGROUND: Live lets you create “virtual racks” of audio processors (you can also create Drum, MIDI, and Instrument racks). As these can be quite complex, even encompassing parallel effects chains, you can assign critical parameters to easily accessed Macro controls for realtime tweaking or MIDI control. We’ll assume you already have a rack set up.


1. Click on the rack’s Show/Hide Macro Controls button.


2. When the Macro section appears, click on the Map Mode button.


3. After clicking on Map Mode, any parameter that can be assigned to a Macro Control will be highlighted. Click on an effect parameter that you want to assign to a Macro Control (in this screen shot, it’s Drive).


4. Click on a Macro Control’s Map button. The parameter selected in Step 3 is now linked to the Macro Control.


5. When in Map Mode, a list of Macro Mappings is visible. You can set a parameter’s minimum and maximum range as desired.


6. Click on the Map Mode button again to exit map mode. The Macro Control defaults to showing the target parameter’s name, and the target parameter has a small green dot in the upper left to indicate that it’s linked to a Macro Control.


7. To control a Macro Control with an external MIDI control surface, click on the MIDI Map Mode button in the upper right. MIDIassignable parameters will be highlighted.


8. Click on the Macro Control you want to link to MIDI, then move the physical hardware control you want to assign. As soon as you exit MIDI Map Mode, the hardware control will change the Macro Control’s setting.



¦ In Steps 3 and 8, the selected parameter’s highlight will have small square brackets in the corners.
¦ In Step 4, you can assign multiple parameters to a Macro Control. After assigning a parameter, click on the next parameter, then click on the same Macro Control’s Map button.