Ableton Live - Control Surface Mappings


Since Ableton Live 9.7.2, the Minilab MkII benefits from a deeper integration as a control surface device in Live.
Rather than other devices, it has a dedicated control surface memory, allowing to switch from normal to control surface mode in a fraction of second.

To use the Minilab MkII as an Ableton Live control surface, you have to:

  • Select Minilab MkII in Ableton Live preferences > MIDI > Control Surface
  • Set the Minilab MkII on the dedicated control surface memory (memory 8)

Then, here are the functions that will be mapped on your Minilab MkII when using the memory 8:


CONTROL


MAPPING


KNOB 1

KNOB 2

KNOB 3

KNOB 4

KNOB 5

KNOB 6

KNOB 7

KNOB 8

KNOB 9

KNOB 10

KNOB 11

KNOB 12

KNOB 13

KNOB 14

KNOB 15

KNOB 16

PAD 1 to 8

PAD 9 to 16


LIVE – Device control

LIVE – Device control

LIVE – Device control

LIVE – Device control

Selected TRACK – control send A

Selected TRACK – control send B

LIVE – control RETURN A level

LIVE – TRACK scroll left/right

LIVE – Device control

LIVE – Device control

LIVE – Device control

LIVE – Device control

Selected TRACK – control PANNING

Selected TRACK – control LEVEL

LIVE – control RETURN B LEVEL

LIVE – SCENE scroll up/down

Control CLIPS first row

Control CLIPS second row


If you quit the memory 8, you will be able to use your Minilab MkII functions normally, like:

  • Finger drumming on a drum rack with the pads
  • Controlling your V Collection synths parameters with the encoders.
Then, if you need to switch back to the control surface mode, simply recall the memory 8.

CONTROLS

ABLETON LIVE MAPPING

Main encoder

Browse scenes

Left / Right arrows

Browse tracks

Knobs 1-8

Panning tracks 1 to 8

Sliders 1-8

Volume tracks 1 to 8

Knob 9

Not available

Slider 9

Controls volume for master track

Buttons 1-8

Focus on track 1 to 8

Button 9

Switch sliders mode to control Send A

Next button

Shifts focused track to the next one

Previous button

Shifts focused track to the previous one

Bank

Set Next and Previous buttons to shift 8 tracks forward / backward instead of one.

Pads 1-4

Controls tracks 1 to 4 MIDI clips

(First row)

Pads 5-8

Controls tracks 1 to 4 MIDI clips

(Second row)

CONTROLS

ABLETON LIVE MAPPING

Main encoder

Browse scenes

Left / Right arrows

Browse tracks

Knobs 1-8

Panning tracks 1 to 8

Sliders 1-8

Volume tracks 1 to 8

Knob 9

Not available

Slider 9

Controls volume for master track

Buttons 1-8

Focus on track 1 to 8

Button 9

Switch sliders mode to control Send A

Next button

Shifts focused track to the next one

Previous button

Shifts focused track to the previous one

Bank

Set Next and Previous buttons to shift 8 tracks forward / backward instead of one.

Pads 1-4

Controls tracks 1 to 4 MIDI clips

(First row)

Pads 5-8

Controls tracks 1 to 4 MIDI clips

(Second row)

Pads 9-12

Controls tracks 1 to 4 MIDI clips

(Third row)

Pads 12-16

Controls tracks 1 to 4 MIDI clips

(Fourth row)