Alesis VI6 with Ableton Live

Problem 1:

No MIDI sync talking between the pads/switches lights on the keyboard and Ableton?
Can this be fixed? otherwise this means that I doesn't allow me to recall a session or set

Problem 2:
The MIDI Out doesn't make much sense. In the manual it states "If an external device is connected to the MIDI Out, your computer can send MIDI messages via USB to the VI61, which will then send the message to the external device."

Using Ableton External Instrument and manually sending MIDI notes/messages to an external synth does not work.

Any help would be greatly appreciated!
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