Ableton Basics - Part Four: How to Use a MIDI Controller

Our earlier installments have already established that Ableton just might be the perfect Swiss Army knife of audio workstations.

Now we're taking a look at how to unlock Ableton's full potential with a MIDI controller. Whether you're looking to create music without real instruments or just sketch ideas for later recording, MIDI controllers provide an endless array of paintbrushes to pair with Ableton's canvas and palette.

Ableton makes using MIDI controllers as simple as plug-and-play. Just choose the control surface you’re using under the input dropdown in the Link/MIDI tab.

If you want to get a little fancier with your MIDI controller, there’s always the option to customize your mapping.

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