XY-4D Pads | Conductr

XY-4D Pads

XY-4D Pads

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

Each XY-4D pad can feature up to 4 fx units.

Each unit can control up to 4 parameters. So you can control up to 16 parameters in a single XY-4D pad, and even have up to 64 parameters at your fingertips in the Playground with the four XY-4D pads view mode.

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 fx unit. Any plug-in you use in your Ableton Live set can be controlled on your XY-4D pad. XY-4D pads can be created, edited and deleted live, without affecting other modules running.

NOTE: In the Conductr freemium version, you can only create 1 XY-4D FX UNIT.. You can purchase the PREMIUM USER MODULES to create as many XY-4D pads (up to 4 fx units each) as you want without limitation (see Premium modules & Pack IN-APP Purchase).

XY-4D PADS SET-UP

In the PLAYGROUND, tap on the MODULES SELECTION icon on any view’s side menu. Tap on the USER MODULES SET-UP icon on the side menu.

Manual – Modules selection icon Conductr

You will get to the USER MODULES SET-UP screen:

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On the left menu “AVAILABLE MODULES”, tap on “ADD”.

Select “XY”.

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Enter your XY-4D pad name on the “Name” field and tap on “intro” or minimize the keyboard*.

A new XY-4D pad will be added to the list and a blank fx unit will appear on the right menu.

Manual - 4 FX units onto your XY 4D Conductr

You can add up to 4 fx units onto your XY-4D pad. Tap on the “ADD FX UNIT” button to add them.

SETTING UP A FX UNIT:

Each fx unit can control up to 4 parameters through 4 coordinates: one horizontally (X), one vertically (Y), one by pinching (Z) and one on/off parameter when tapping (K).

Tap on a coordinate’s “>” button. A menu will pop up. You can navigate all your Ableton Live set devices inside that menu.

Select which parameter you want to control with that coordinate and tap on “Done”**. The parameter will be added automatically to your fx unit.***

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Repeat this process on each fx unit you want.

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 XY-4D pad, it will be saved with its default name.

**NOTE: The K coordinate is a tap controller and can only control on/off buttons.

***NOTE: You do not have to necessarily add parameters to all four coordinates to make your XY-4D pad work.

SETTING UP AN FX UNIT ON YOUR COMPUTER (LEARN FUNCTION):

Tap on a coordinate’s “LEARN” button. The field will blink while showing “LEARNING”. Find what parameter you want to add to the coordinate on your desktop Ableton Live set. Click and move the chosen parameter with the mouse. It will be automatically added to your fx unit’s coordinate.

Tap on “LEARNING” to finish the set-up.

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Repeat this process on each coordinate you want to set up.

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.

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

EDIT PARAMETERS AND FX UNITS:

You can change an assigned parameter on a fx unit’s coordinate by simply setting it up again and chosing the parameter you want.

You can delete a fx unit by tapping the “REMOVE” button.

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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 XY-4D PAD 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.

XY-4D view modes:

Like the SYSTEM MODULES, the USER MODULES, be them DEFAULT or XY, can adapt at any time to any view mode you wish (see 4.1).

You can select fx units within your XY-4D pad by tapping on the units selector (A, B, C or D).

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Manual – Claydr Conductr

If you are using your XY-4D pad on full screen, you can deselect your fx units to get a 4 fields view. That way, you can see and control all your units simultaneously.

If you are using your XY-4D pad on half screen, you can deselect your fx units to get a 2 fields view. That way, you can see and control 2 units simultaneously.

The FREEZE button:

When using an XY-4D pad, all parameters will recover their original values by default when releasing the sphere.

You can freeze any given new parameters’ values tapping the FREEZE button. To recover their original values, deactivate the FREEZE function by tapping on the FREEZE button again.

PARAMETERS’ PERSISTENCE & THE BROKEN PARAMETERS CASE:

Parameters’ persistence:

Each Conductr’s XY-4D pad can contain up to 4 fx units. Each unit can contain up to 4 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 XY-4D pad’s fx unit 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:

When on an Ableton Live set the user deletes a parameter previously mapped on a Conductr’s XY-4D pad, it can’t be modified by Conductr, obvioulsy. When this happens, Conductr shows a pop-up notification and an alert icon on the User Modules set-up screen. It can be edited or deleted.

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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 XY-4D pad.

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.