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MIDI foot controller problems in Ableton Live 7

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21 years
I just picked up an old Yamaha MIDI foot controller that I wanted to use with Ableton, but whenever I try to map an Ableton control to any of the buttons, they all come up as "pitchbend" as if each button is sending the exact same midi message. Nothing happens when I press a button I mapped either, despite Ableton still seeing the activity and allowing it to be mapped. According to Yamaha's site, this controller transmits "Midi program change messages 1 through 10".

Is there anyway I can get this controller to work with Ableton at all? Is there some kind of plug-in out there that can detect certain midi messages and change them to more useful ones, or even just display exactly what message is being received? Any help would be greatly appreciated.

These are the only relevant specs I could find:

Transmitted Data: Midi program change messages 1 through 10.
MIDI Transmit Channel: Channel 1 only.
Indicator Leds: A,B 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Switches: A/B, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Power
Connectors: Midi Out, DC9V- 12V In


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21 years

Member Mon, 07/14/2008 - 13:03

I have same problem. I'd like to send program change message as that would suit it. May be becuase Program change has only two bytes , not 3.

I could build something in Max that would send idfferent message as an alternative.

What did you end up doing?