Luckily, instead of having to edit every individual MIDI note by hand, Live offers a great device to speed up the process. The Velocity device allows you to shape the velocity portion of your MIDI performance. Today’s Quick Tip shows a quick and easy way to help set your Out Low and Out Hi values.
You may be thinking to yourself, “Oh silly AbletonOp, I know how to set the Hi and Low output values”, and you’re probably right. But this method will help you streamline the process.
Take this scenario for instance: You have a 32 bar synth solo on loop and you’re trying to set the Hi and Low output values. The Velocity device works by scaling the velocities of the recorded performance to the settings of the Hi and Low output values, and unless you’ve gone through and singled out the quietest and loudest MIDI notes in the solo, then listening to the loop and sweeping the knobs is not going to be the quickest or most accurate way.
Allow me to direct your attention to an often overlooked parameter of this device, the Fixed mode.
So begin playback of the epic synth solo, set the Velocity device in Fixed mode, and use the Output Hi knob to pick out the upper limit. (This may be less than 127). Then repeat the process for the Output Low value. Once you have picked those two values, go back into Clip mode and assign the Out Hi and Out Low accordingly.
Using this method will take less time and be more accurate than the previous method described above.
That’s your Quick Tip for today, taking the stress out of MIDI. Check back at the end of the week for Free Sound Friday.