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Default User modules

Default User modules

You can create as many USER MODULES as you want with Conductr. U!SER MODULES can be created as DEFAULT or as XY-4D PADS (see XY-4D Pads).

Each DEFAULT USER MODULE can feature up to 8 parameter controls. These parameters can belong to any device assigned to any track on your Ableton Live set. So you can control different devices, tracks, sends, etc. within the same DEFAULT USER MODULE.

Any plug-in you use in your Ableton Live set can be controlled on your DEFAULT USER MODULES. DEFAULT USER MODULES can be created, edited and deleted live, without affecting other modules running.

NOTE: In the Conductr freemium version, you can only create 1 USER MODULE. You can purchase the PREMIUM USER MODULES to create as many modules as you want without limitation (see Premium modules & Pack IN-APP Purchase)

DEFAULT USER MODULES SET-UP:

  1. In the PLAYGROUND, tap on the MODULES SELECTION icon on any view’s side menu.
  2. Tap on the USER MODULES SET-UP icon on the side menu.Modules-selection-icon-Conductr
  3. You will get to the USER MODULES SET-UP screen:User-modules-set-up-screen-Conductr
  4. On the left menu “AVAILABLE MODULES”, tap on “ADD” and select “DEFAULT”.
  5. A new DEFAULT USER MODULE will be added to the list.
  6. You can start setting up your DEFAULT USER MODULE on the right menu.

SETTING UP A DEFAULT USER MODULE ON CONDUCTR:

  1. Enter your DEFAULT USER MODULE name on the “Name” field and tap on “intro” or minimize the keyboard*.
  2. On the right menu, tap on “ADD”.
  3. Tap on “Not Defined”. A menu will pop up. You can navigate all your Ableton Live set devices inside that menu.
  4. Select which parameter you want to control with your DEFAULT USER MODULE and tap on “Done”. The parameter will be added automatically to your DEFAULT USER MODULE.

You can add up to 8 parameters to your DEFAULT USER MODULE.

Once you are done with the set-up, you can go back to the PLAYGROUND by tapping on the “GO TO PLAYGROUND” bottom bar.

*NOTE: This function is optional. If you do not name your DEFAULT USER MODULE, it will be saved with its default name.

SETTING UP A DEFAULT USER MODULE ON YOUR COMPUTER (LEARN FUNCTION):

  1. Enter your DEFAULT USER MODULE name on the “Name” field and tap on “intro” or minimize the keyboard*.
  2. On the “YOUR SET NAME CONFIGURATION” menu, tap on “LEARN”. The field will blink while showing “LEARNING”.
  3. Find what parameters you want to add to your DEFAULT USER MODULE on your desktop Ableton Live set. Each time you move them with the mouse, they will be automatically added to your DEFAULT USER MODULE.
  4. You can add up to 8 parameters to your DEFAULT USER MODULE.
  5. Tap on “LEARNING” to finish the set-up.

Once you are done with the set-up, you can go back to the PLAYGROUND by tapping on the “GO TO PLAYGROUND” bottom bar.

*NOTE: This function is optional. If you do not name your DEFAULT USER MODULE, it will be saved with its default name.

WARNING: The LEARN FUNCTION may not work if you try to add a parameter which is already automatized on you Ableton Live project while playing it. If you want to do so, use the LEARN FUNCTION when the project is not running.

EDIT AND DELETE PARAMETERS ON A DEFAULT USER MODULE:

  1. To delete a parameter, tap on “DELETE/REARRANGE”. Tap on the button on the left side of the parameter you want to delete. A “Delete” button will appear on the parameter’s right side. Tap on it and the parameter will be eliminated from your DEFAULT USER MODULE. Tap on “DONE” to finish.
  2. To change the parameters list order within the module, tap on “DELETE/REARRANGE”. The LIST ORDER icon will appear on each parameter’s right side.

Tap on the icon and drag the parameter to the position where you want it. Tap on “DONE” to finish.

Manual – Delete rearrenge Conductr

Once you are done with the parameter edits, you can go back to the PLAYGROUND by tapping on the “GO TO PLAYGROUND” bottom bar.

USING A DEFAULT USER MODULE LIVE:

Your USER MODULES list will appear beside the SYSTEM MODULES list.

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You can navigate this list from top to bottom. Drag it to see its content.

Select the USER MODULE, be it DEFAULT or XY, you want to use. You can change each view module whenever you want, even while playing live by tapping the MODULES SELECTION icon.

Manual – Module selection icon Conductr

Like the SYSTEM MODULES, the USER MODULES, be them DEFAULT or XY, can adapt at any time to any view mode you wish (see The Playground).

1. Parameter control interfaces:

There are four different parameter control interfaces, depending on their typology:

Manual – Typology Conductr

  • FADERS:Parameters that range from a minimum value (bottom) to a maximum value (top).
  • CROSSFADERS:Parameters that range from the center to a minimum value (bottom) and from the center to a maximum value (top).
  • SCALES (Step selectors):Quantified parameters.
  • BUTTONS:2 position parameters (ON/OFF).

2. Reset and value memories:

  • You can recover a DEFAULT USER MODULE parameter’s original values (the values they had when the DEFAULT USER MODULE was selected on the PLAYGROUND) whenever you want. Tap on the RESET icon on your DEFAULT USER MODULE side menu.Reset-and-values-memories-icon-Conductr
  • You can save a DEFAULT USER MODULE parameter’s values to memory by dragging the RESET icon into the module. The parameter value will be saved when you drop it*. You can load that parameter value by tapping on the RESET icon.

*NOTE: When a parameter value is saved, the previous one is eliminated. If you save a value after changing the parameter’s original values (the values they had when the DEFAULT USER MODULE was selected on the PLAYGROUND), these will be erased.

GESTURAL MODE:

Conductr features a gestural mode that allows you to interact with your DEFAULT USER MODULE without watching the iPad*.

  • In order to have a better experience, set up you DEFAULT USER MODULE on full screen mode. (see The Playground).
  • Tap on the MULTITOUCH MODE icon on your DEFAULT USER MODULE side menu.Gestural-mode-icon-Conductr
  • The MULTITOUCH MODE assigns a value to each parameter. Counting the DEFAULT USER MODULE parameters from left to right:
    • You can control the first parameter with one finger on any place of the screen (except on the side menu).
    • You can control the second parameter with two fingers on any place of the screen (except on the side menu).
    • You can control the third parameter with three fingers on any place of the screen (except on the side menu).
    • You can control the fourth parameter with four fingers on any place of the screen (except on the side menu).
    • You can control the fifth parameter with five fingers on any place of the screen (except on the side menu).
  • If you want to change the control order (changing how many fingers you want to use), we recommend you to take them off the screen surface first.

*NOTE: In order to use the MULTITOUCH MODE on Conductr, you must disable the “Multitasking Gestures” feature on your iPad first (“Adjustments” > “General” > “Multitasking Gestures”).

PARAMETERS’ PERSISTENCE & THE BROKEN PARAMETERS CASE:

Parameters’ persistence:

Each Conductr’s Default User Module can contain up to 8 parameters. Each parameter can belong to any device featured on any track on your Ableton Live set. This is one of the main innovations brought by Conductr and it’s been a huge technological challenge.

What if a device previously set up on Conductr is changed on the Ableton Live set (i.e. changing its location, moving it to a different track or even deleting it)? Conductr can keep the parameters’ persistence in any of the aforementioned cases in real time.

E.g., if a parameter of a device featured on track 1 is being used on a Default User Module and the user cuts & pastes the device on track 2 while playing live, Conductr notices it and changes its location on real time, so the user can keep on using it without having to modify the set up.

Conductr can also detect these changes and keep the persistence even when a device or a track are modified on the Ableton Live set while Conductr is not enabled. When the user opens up the Conductr project related to that specific Ableton Live set, it will automatically scan the whole project and modify all the required parameters, so the user can keep on playing it without having to worry about the changes done on the Ableton Live set. No need to map it again!

The broken parameters case:

A pop-up notification and an alert icon may appear on the User Modules set-up screen. It can be edited or deleted. This may happen in the following cases:

  • When on an Ableton Live set the user deletes a parameter previously mapped on a Conductr’s User Module, it can’t be modified by Conductr, obvioulsy.
  • When trying to map a VST or AU*.
  • When there are several Conductr projects assigned to a single Live Set (see 6.6.3).Broken parameters icon Conductr

*NOTE: To map a VST, insert it in a Rack and map the Macro parameters.

Working with ID’s. Some suggestions:

The API provided by Ableton doesn’t allow to keep the parameters’ persistence by itself. In order to recognize them, Conductr provides an ID (“cID” for devices and “cIDT” for tracks) that is automatically added at the end of each device’s or track’s name when it features any parameter mapped on a User Module. Because of this, we make some suggestions in order to keep the persistence and not get broken parameters unnecessarily.

  • Do not change manually the IDs added by Conductr at the end of a device’s or a track’s name.
  • Do not work with various Conductr projects on a single Ableton Live set.
  • If a parameter appears broken and it doesn’t respond appropriately, it can be refreshed by moving the device’s or track’s position on the Ableton Live set.
  • We recommend to use a different Conductr project for each Ableton Live Set. In order to get an easy and quick interrelationship, we recommend to name each Conductr project as the Ableton Live set it controls.