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MPE-Utility script for Ableton Live

I wrote a MIDI Remote Script which automates the tedious set up process of the midi tracks for Ableton Live. Here's a short demo video:

You'll get the Script (and instructions) from GitHub, try it out if you like!

Some users have verified that the script works (vi-control and Ableton forums), and I use it myself. However, if you encounter any bugs, please inform me so I can fix those :) And all feedback and  suggestions are welcome. There are some ideas listed in the Readme already though.


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Hi Juho,

That script looks good but I have some issues. I'm actually running an Ableton Live 9 Suite version but it looks like the script doesn't work at all... Is it compatible with Ableton live or am I doing something wrong ? I checked a lot of time if it wasn't the configuration of my seaboard but it's exactly the same as told. Thanks in advance for your help !

Hi Nils,

Which is the exact version of your Live 9? The script should work with versions 9.7 and newer.

You may contact me via email (you'll find the address from the readme), I'll need some logs to debug the issue if  it's not version related.


B- CROMA, your issue may be related to another bug I'm working with (slowly though, as my desk is a bit too full ATM).  I could take a loog at your Live's log as well, please send me an email :)



Thanks for your help ! I found the problem by myself ! It was just that I didn't add the MPE_Util on a free control surface chooser. Many thanks for your time and your work

Greetings!  Just posted this over at Sanjay's YouTube vid:

There seems to be an issue now with stopping the recording on the new tracks created by the MPE Utility. When you go to start recording a new clip, and then press that clip to stop recording and start playback - ONLY the original clip in the Equator track actually stops. The rest of the clips - automatically created and recording - just keep recording. Only when you click on the master scene clip will the automated tracks stop recording and go into playback mode.   Your demo video shows you able to click on the recording clip and all of them immediately go into playback. Hope that makes sense. Maybe it's something in my settings, but haven't been able to find anything. I'm running Live 10.0.6 Tnx!

Has anyone out there seen a good tutorial regarding connecting Bitwig with Live? Not sure what that means CPU wise, but I'd love to use Equator in Bitwig for editing MIDI purposes, but have the audio go directly into Live. Not the most ideal setup, but it would make editing MPE alot easier for me..thanks.

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Nice little tutorial for getting audio back and forth!

i'm with Jay Cook in that a configuration like he suggests would help me. I've now given up on using MPE to its fullest extent on my current live project because this script is not reliable, and i'm not ready to adopt Bitwig because of my familiarity with Ableton - i haven't had enough free time to really learn Bigwig enough, but i sure like the way those 5D instruments play and sound, so . . . has anyone done this yet? 

LSZ1318, I'm shy about using Soundflower , as it hasn't always worked out the way I want it to. I see that Jack has a new upgrade, and I read Jack was recommended by Bitwig at some point, so I may check it out. Or I may just wait patiently for years, as who knows? Ableton  may include MPE support in my lifetime! :-( Like you (I imagine), Scott Johnson, I've put alot of time and energy into Ableton, and don't want to switch DAW's.

Can I ask what issues you guys are having with the script?  It's been pretty reliable for me so far.  The record and playback clip issue I was having above was easily solved by just mapping all the relevant clips to my SoftStep foot controller.  Other than that things seem okay.

Hi LSZ1318,

The main reason I'm interested in using a program like Bitwig, and have Bitwig "talk to" LIve, is that editing the MPE in Bitwig is so much easier - very clear editing of Strike, Press, Glide, Slide, and Lift. Editing MPE in Ableton is definitely trickier, for me at least. But I'm also reluctant to make a complete switch over to Bitwig, and this is why I'm interested in using both programs simultaneously.

i haven't tried using it lately, but when i did it often took several tries just to get the tracks to populate as designed, and then in later instantiations some tracks remained armed, some didn't, some wouldn't arm again except manually, and then sometimes i'd open that live set another day and nothing about those tracks worked so i had to start all over. since i'm desiring MPE use for live performance (i never even tried to use it for recording) i decided to cut my losses (time lost troubleshooting, etc.) and wait for reliable stability. in Bitwig MPE is a dream come true. in Ableton, not so much. 

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I created a variation on the Ableton setup theme here, where I can quickly record MPE audio clips, using Clyphx commands. (I now have Clyphx Pro, but you should easily be able to recreate this if you find the free version "Clyphx"). By creating a playlist in Equator, and then using the arrow buttons on the upper left of my Seaboard, I get plenty of options for different instrument clips. With Clyphx, I could also "command" which track I'm recording to as well, but I thought I'd give the simplest version here. The screenshots below should make it clear, but let me know if you have questions.

Hi there,

I own the Seaboard 49 for 2 weeks and i am not able to play with Kontakt e.g. Guitars correctly. I use the Mpe-Util tool and it creates 16 Channels, but i can't play after creating the channels... Is there a anything i do wrong? I install and use it like on the Videos. But wenn the Mpe-util is creating the Channels there comes no sound out.


Please Help me. I am really desperately trying without a change for 2 weeks now.


This works great for Strobe 2 -- although I did have to go into preferences and turn on the VST permissions, which for some reason were defaulted to off.

For Equator though, I'm getting this error message:


Midi incoming from channel 1

Equator currently expects MIDI from channels 2 to 16

You can change these settings to reflect your MIDI device from the MIDI settings menu"

It then gives the choice of settings or ignore. If you chose ignore, it doesn't work. If you choose settings, you can turn MPE on or off (its on), adjust channels from 2-16 (but not 1). There is a master channel indicator, which you cannot adjust directly but will be one less than the lowest channel in the previous setting. (For example is you adjust the channels to 5-16, master channel will be 4). Then there is note pitch bend, global pitch bend, and reset.

I am using a brand new MacBook Pro and a newly downloaded Ableton live

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