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Howdy. I received my Alias 8 last week, and I'm just loving it.
It's replacing//working in tandem with my old UC33e.
If I get used to the Alias, I may get a second one. I do a lot of on-the-fly recording and prefer the mixer style of recorders way over all the momentary controllers out there. The Alias so far fits the bill (although I do miss that 3rd row of knobs from the UC33e).
Okay, here's the setup. The question comes after.
Mac OSX Mavericks. Ableton Live 9.1 (Standard). 8 channels/tracks/VSTi's in Session View (which is where I do 99% of my work).
For all intents and purposes, I use Live 9 as a virtual rack of instruments/mixer/fx.
The Alias is assigned like this:
~ Knobs = Two effect sends per channel (tape delay & Reverb as master effects)
~ Level sliders = level per channel
~ Row One Buttons = Arm/Disarm toggle per channel
~ Row Two Buttons = toggle on/off, custom Live VST definition for eight parts in the plugin, Stylus RMX
How do I assign custom colors for the buttons, as in custom colors programmed by the Livid Editor?
I would like to do custom LED colors for the buttons, like this:
Row One: Red for armed, White for disarmed (or off)
Row Two: Blue for the first 4, Cyan (or another color) for the second 4 for "On" status, blank or another color for off.
Right now I have all buttons defined as Blue for on, blank for off via the Livid Editor. (127=blue)
I've read a few folks have wanted to use the first row of buttons like myself for the arm/disarm track buttons, but they don't respond/react/follow the status by lighting up. That's not the Alias' fault, that because Ableton made the Arm/Disarm buttons not send out midi commands like every other item (by design), and this will frustrate the hell out of many, many people.
For those wondering how to make the arm/disarm button work "correctly" in Live 9 with and Alias 8? Like this:
1) MIDI Setup as described in manual: Control Surface: None, Input: Alias 8A (a8aControls), Output: Alias 8A (a8aControls), Midi Ports Track & Remote selected to "On"
2) Use Live's "Edit Midi Map" command -- Command-M (Mac) or Control-M (PC) -- and learn/define all controls, as you normally would.
3) When you're done, and only when you're done defining all buttons, sliders, and knobs? Go back to the Preferences/MIDI/Sync Tab and change the "Control Surface" from "None" to "MackieControl". This works for me; the LEDs light up/go out according to the channels' status correctly. Even from a loaded/saved file that had them armed, the Alias reacts correctly.
4) NOTE: If you want to change any of the definitions? You need to turn the "MackieControl" back to "None" first. I found this out the hard way with the sliders. When you're done? Change it back to "MackieControl". Just trust me on this one.
5) FYI: For the Alias 8, I am actually using the default settings, no changes were made to toggle/momentary behaviors whatsoever (with the exception of the Global Color I chose).
MY ACTUAL QUESTION:
HOW DO I DEFINE INDIVIDUAL LED COLORS TO CHANGE ACCORDING TO A TOGGLE STATUS BEHAVIOR?
Now that I've explained to you how to get the Arm/Disarm --LED connection to work... I want them RED, but only when armed.
I want my second Row of Buttons to be split colors (Blue/Other).
It would be nice if I could define the "Disarm" state to be white/other color.
How do I accomplish this? I'm not getting the results i want from the Livid Editor beyond LEDs being on 100% of the time, or, only having one choice of colors for all LEDs.
Please test it yourself and let me know how you got it to work for you, if this is possible.
I'll settle for all of Row A to be Red or off, and Row B to be Blue or off, at the bare minimum. (e.g. a different color per row)
Syracuse, NY, USA