Alesis QX series - Controller Presets for Ableton Live

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alesis qx series main3With MIDI mappable pads, knobs, sliders and more, the Alesis QX series controller allows for great flexibility and improved workflow for the studio environment.  To make it even easier to integrate into your setup, Alesis created MIDI mapping templates which allow for immediate mapped control over many aspects of Ableton Live without being forced to create a preset of your own.  To add the Ableton Live preset to your system, just follow the steps in this article and you'll be on your way to making great music in no time!

Installing the Ableton Live MIDI Map preset for your QX controller

  1. First, install Ableton Live and the Alesis QX controller on your computer.  Once complete, visit the product page on the Alesis website for your specific QX controller.  You can find the product page at the following link: www.alesis.com/keyboards
     
  2. Once you get to your specific controller product page, click on Docs and Downloads.  You will then see a link for your controller's Ableton Live Controller Map.  Click on this link.  You may need to put in some personal information to access the download at this point.  Once you do, you will reach a page which contains the download link.  Download the product specific Ableton Live Controller Map.

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  3. Ensure that Ableton Live is closed.  Find the downloaded file from the previous step and drag it to your Desktop.  Unzip the file. 
     
  4. The download will contain a folder that is titled QX__ (depending on which controller you  have).  Copy the entire product specific folder (not just the file inside it) to the following location on your computer:

    Windows 7 or Vista

C:\Users\ [YourUserName] \AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live [VersionNumber] \Preferences\User Remote Scripts

* Note that the Application Data folder is a hidden folder. To make this folder visible, perform the following:

  1. On your PC, open Computer.
  2. Select the Organize menu at the top of the window and choose Folder and Search Options.
  3. In the window that opens, select the View tab.
  4. Scroll down, locate, and select Show hidden files and folders.
  5. Click Apply, and then click OK.

Windows XP

C:\Documents and Settings\ [YourUserName] \Application Data\Ableton\Live [VersionNumber] \Preferences\User Remote Scripts

* Note that the Application Data folder is a hidden folder. To make this folder visible, perform the following:

  1. On your PC, open My Computer.
  2. Select the Tools menu at the top of the screen, and choose Folder Options.
  3. In the window that opens, select the View tab.
  4. Scroll down, locate, and select Show hidden files and folders.
  5. Click Apply and then click OK.

Macintosh

Macintosh HD > Users > [YourUserName] > Library > Preferences > Ableton > Live [VersionNumber] > User Remote Scripts

If you have any trouble with the Mac Installation on the newer Mountain LION OS, you may need to adjust your security settings.  You can do so by following the steps below:

  1. Go to the Finder (or desktop).
  2. Hold the Option key on your keyboard, and click the Go menu at the top of the screen.
  3. With the Go menu open, you'll notice that pressing and releasing Option will display or hide the Library choice in this menu.
  4. Select Library from the Go menu (while holding down Option) to access the hidden folder.

You can find further information on how to adjust the Gatekeeper security here.

 

Setting up the QX controller in Ableton Live

  1. Once the previous steps have been completed, launch Ableton Live.
     
  2. Open the Preferences window within Ableton Live.

    On a Windows computer:
  • Select the Options menu at the top of the screen and choose Preferences.

On a Macintosh:

  • Select the Live menu at the top of the screen and choose Preferences.
  1. On the left side of the Preferences window, choose the MIDI Sync tab.
     
  2. Select your controller (QX__) as the Control Surface:

Windows 7 or Vista

  • Under Control Surface, select your device name.
  • Under Input, select your device name.
  • Under Output, select your device name.

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Windows XP

  • Under Control Surface, select your device name.
  • Under Input, select USB Audio Device.
  • Under Output, select USB Audio Device.

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Macintosh

  • Under Control Surface, select your device name.
  • Under Input, select your device name.
  • Under Output, select your device name.

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  1. Next, still in the Preferences window with the MIDI/Sync tab selected, beneath the area titled MIDI ports, set Track and Remote to On.

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  1. Close the preferences window and try out the keyboard.  It will now be automatically mapped to various Ableton Live items such as the transport control.  Press the Play, Record and Stop buttons on the QX controller and watch as it controls the Ableton Live software on your computer!

Now make some music!

 

Technical Support & Warranty Service

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own a Alesis product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Alesis technical support team is available to help!

Each product has a dedicated support page on the website where you can find manuals, specifications, software updates, drivers and troubleshooting guides: www.alesis.com

Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.

 

 

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