Setting up MidiShaper in Ableton Live
You can use MidiShaper to modulate hardware devices as well as software synthesizers and effects in Ableton Live. Modulating software synthesizers can be done via Live's MIDI mapping, or via a synthesizer's "MIDI Learn". This tutorial will cover the latter.
Modulating software synthesizers via their built-in "MIDI Learn"
We use the software synthesizer Cypher by FXpansion for this example, but it should basically work the same with any software synthesizer that has a built-in "MIDI Learn" function.
1. Create two MIDI tracks in Ableton Live, "MIDI 1" and "MIDI 2".
2. Place the VST version of MidiShaper on "MIDI 1", place a DCAM synth, for example Cypher, on "MIDI 2".
3. Open MidiShaper, make sure "Out to Host" is selected in the Modulations area, and choose a MIDI CC target, for example number 9 as modulation destination, and route something to it.
4. See "live-routing.png": Select "MIDI 1" and then "MidiShaper" in the "MIDI From"-menu of track "MIDI 2", and select Monitor "In". Any notes that you play need to be located on "MIDI 1".
5. Open Cypher, and click the MIDI assignment button in the bottom left corner.
6. Choose a control by clicking on it. As Cypher receives MIDI from MidiShaper on MIDI CC 9, this knob will instantly start moving and display "9".
If you want to assign more parameters, use MidiShaper's "Teach MIDI CC"-menu. As long as a number is chosen there, only this gets sent out and you can assign it in one of the DCAM synths. As soon as the control is assigned, set MidiShaper's "Teach MIDI CC"-menu to "Off" again.
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