VI49 Ableton Live - Having to press buttons twice?

Hi,

So I just got my lovely new VI49 and my immediate thought was to map the assignable buttons to arm individual tracks as I use Ableton Live 9 for live performance, using each track as a separate synth. Within a given song I need to very quickly dissarm one track and arm another between say the verse and chorus to use a different synth sound.

However, having mapped eg button 1 to arm track 1 in Live, it appears no matter what I try to change in the editor software or Live I always have to press the button twice to arm/dissarm as follows: Press once = track arms, press twice = no change in Live, press third time = track dissarms, press fourth time = no change in Live.

It's as though only when the button lights up does anything register in Live (when pressing a second time to turn the button's light off nothing happens in Live).

This is ridiculous but I can't seem to change it no matter what I do! Can anyone help please - I'm sure I'm being an idiot but this is so annoying!

Thanks in advance!
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  • Hello,

    Thanks for this info. We'll have to look into this and check this out. I'll forward this to my team and post back when I hear back from them. Currently, users will have to manually MIDI map your VI MIDI controller to your Ableton software. There currently is no pre-mapped control surface in Ableton at the moment. Possibly In the future in early 2015, there may be an Ableton build where VI series keyboard controllers could be automatically mapped to the software without having to set it up manually.

    You can watch this helpful video from Ableton showing you how to manually MIDI map a MIDI controller in Ableton - https://www.ableton.com/en/articles/g....
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  • Ok so I've figured out that if the buttons are set to "momentary" via the editor then they arm and dissarm with every press, however their lighting obviously doesn't correspond to which tracks are armed/soloed etc. I think like a lot of people have asked on here it would be REALLY handy to be able to independently alter the lighting setup as it would be super useful to have the button lights corresponding to which tracks are armed or soloed etc.

    On stage, or even in the studio, that would mean not having to look at the laptop screen at all as the buttons lit up would correspond to which tracks were armed or soloed. Is there any way of changing the lighting program for the buttons independently of their function? This would be an incredibly useful feature on the Alesis VI series that other MIDIs can't do!

    On a further note would also be really useful for ableton to be able to turn lights on and off using the remote output feature such as the record or play buttons, e.g. when you hit stop, the play button's light would go off.
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    • Hi Chris, I think that what Josh means is that it would be really useful to be able to modify the lighting behaviour of the switches rather than the pads', although controlling the lights on the pads would also be cool.
    • Yes, that has been noted as well. Thanks everyone!
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  • Hello everyone,

    Ableton Live 9.2 BETA added control surface support for the Alesis V and VI keyboards. See below:

    Ableton 9.1.8b1 Release Notes

    Improvements and feature changes:

    • Added control surface support for Alesis V and VI keyboards.

    Sign into their Beta Community to download the latest Beta version.
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