Controlling Ableton Live with a Mandala Drum and Pure Data

Here’s a video I put together describing how you can modulate parameters in Ableton Live using the radial MIDI control signal from a Mandala Drum via Pure Data.


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2 Responses to Controlling Ableton Live with a Mandala Drum and Pure Data

  1. damian says:

    Having read your blog ‘Adding an Electronics Rig to an Acoustic Drum Set’ ( which i enjoyed ) you mentioned latency lag issues related to Ableton live. I was curious as to weather you still experience this, now you are on Live 9?
    I am trying to gauge weather its worth the leap from live 8 myself.
    I have had continual issues both on macbook and iMac – originally thinking it was my Presonus FS Mobile. Hard reset never fixed my problems though. Basically it would insert a ‘Latency ghost’ into the live set permanently after 2-3 hours of use. The only fix was to start over again. Instantly resolved on a new set, back again if i opened the problem set.

    • morganhendry says:

      Unfortunately I haven’t gotten to the bottom of this. Having switched to Mandala drums, I find this happens a lot less, and never permanently (that I remember). It was a different story with the Alesis TriggerIO I was using before. Definitely hit the permanent latency bug a few times. I would love to resolve some of this with the Ableton folks. Drop me a line at morganhendryaudio (at) Gmail if you want to talk more.

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