Ableton | Conductr

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First set-up on Mac

Conductr Server software set-up on Mac:

  1. Go to conductr.net/downloads.
  2. Download the server software “CONDUCTR OS X SERVER” on your computer.
  3. Double-click on “ConductrServer.dmg”.
  4. Double-click on “Install Conductr Server”.
  5. The installation assistant will guide you step by step.
  6. During the installation process, the assistant will automatically locate your Ableton Live software in order to install the Conductr scripts. You can install them in all the Ableton Live versions you have.

    AbletonFoldersOSX

  7. The installation wizard will ask you if you want to enable automatic updates.
  8. During the installation process, the assistant will ask you if you want to automatically launch the Conductr Server each time you boot up your computer. If you do not want to, remember that you will have to launch it manually each time you use Conductr.

    Dialog message Conductr Server autostart on OSX

Conductr set-up on Ableton Live for Mac:

  1. Launch Ableton Live.
  2. Open up the preferences panel (on the menu bar: “Live” > “Preferences”).
  3. Search for and select Conductr in the pull-down menu that will appear when clicking on any empty cell in the “Control Surface” list.
    Control Surface (choose Conductr).
    Input (choose ConductrLive).
    Output (Choose ConductrLive).

    Ableton-2.0.1-Add-Conductr-control-surface-MacOSX

    Also, go down to the section for MIDI Ports. The Input and Output ports for Conductr should be selected by de facto. If not, please make sure you select them ON and turn OFF the Traktor ports.
    MIDI Ports:
    Input: Conductr Input (ConductrLive) / Track (ON)
    Input: Conductr Input (ConductrTraktor) / Track (OFF)
    Output: Conductr Input (ConductrLive) / Track (ON)
    Output: Conductr Input (ConductrTraktor) / Track (OFF)

    Ableton-2.0.1-Set-conductr-midi-input-MacOSX

Connecting your iPad to your Mac

In order to use Conductr, you must connect your iPad and your computer to the same WiFi network.

Conductr works with a regular WiFi network, even with an Internet connection.*

For a more stable connection, we recommend you create an Ad Hoc connection between your computer and your iPad. In order to do that, you must create a network with your computer and then connect the iPad to it.

* NOTE: If you are using a domestic WiFi network, you will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

Ad Hoc network set-up on Mac.*

  1. Click on the WiFi icon (upper right on your OS menu bar). A menu will pull down. Select “Create network…”
  2. Name your network, choose a channel and add a password (optional).
  3. Select your new network on your iPad (“Adjustments” > “Wi-Fi”).

Once Ableton Live is running with Conductr as the selected controller and the server is enabled, you can run Conductr on your iPad.

* NOTE: You will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

USB CONNECTION

The USB connection for MAC OS X (10.7 or higher).

  1. Connnect your iPad to your computer with the iPad cable BEFORE selecting the server.*
  2. If you want to make sure that the USB connections is running, click on the server icon in your computer and select your iPad name.

    OSX Server dialog

  3. Open Ableton Live and connect to the Server through the Conductr app in the iPad.

* If you connect the cable after selecting the server, you have to refresh the servers list and select it again.

NOTE: If you disconnect the USB while running the app, it may not detect the wifi connection when returning to the Set Up screen. If this happens, shut down Conductr and relaunch it.

First set-up on Windows

Conductr server software set-up on Windows:

  1. Go to conductr.net/downloads.
  2. Download the server software “CONDUCTR WINDOWS SERVER” on your computer.
  3. Unzip the “ConductrServer.zip” file.
  4. Double-click on “setup-conductr.exe”.
  5. The installation assistant will guide you step by step.
  6. During the installation process, the assistant will automatically locate your Ableton Live software in order to install the Conductr scripts. You can install them in all the Ableton Live versions you have.

    Windows-Conductr-server-install

  7. During the installation process, the wizard will ask you to close some running applications.

    iTunes-Helper-Conductr-server-installer

  8. The installation wizard will ask you if you want to enable automatic updates.

Conductr set-up on Ableton Live for Windows:

  1. Launch Ableton Live.
  2. Open up the preferences panel (on the menu bar: “Options” > “Preferences”).
  3. Select the “MIDI Sync” tab on the preferences panel.
  4. Search for and select Conductr in the pull-down menu that will appear when clicking on any empty cell in the “Control Surface” list.
    Control Surface (choose Conductr).
    Input (choose ConductrLive).
    Output (Choose ConductrLive).

    Ableton-2.0.1-Add-Conductr-control-surface-Windows

    Also, go down to the section for MIDI Ports. The Input and Output ports for Conductr should be selected by de facto. If not, please make sure you select them ON and turn OFF the Traktor ports.
    MIDI Ports:
    Input: Conductr Input (ConductrLive) / Track (ON)
    Input: Conductr Input (ConductrTraktor) / Track (OFF)
    Output: Conductr Input (ConductrLive) / Track (ON)
    Output: Conductr Input (ConductrTraktor) / Track (OFF)

    Ableton-Set-input-output-Windows

Connecting your iPad to your Pc:

In order to use Conductr, you may choose between a USB connection or a wireless connection.

Connecting your iPad to your Windows PC via Wireless:

In order to use Conductr, you must connect your iPad and your computer to the same WiFi network.

Conductr works with a regular WiFi network, even with an Internet connection.*

For a more stable connection, we recommend you create an Ad Hoc connection between your computer and your iPad. In order to do that, you must create a network with your computer and then connect the iPad to it.

* NOTE: If you are using a domestic WiFi network, you will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

Ad Hoc network set-up on Windows XP*:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Network Connections. You will see your wireless network device there.
  2. Right-click it and select “Properties”.
  3. In the “Properties” dialog, click on the “Wireless Networks” and “Add”.
  4. Name your network (SSID) and clear the “The key is provided for me automatically” checkbox.
  5. Enter a 13-digit password in the “Network Key” and “Confirm Network Key” boxes.
  6. Enable the “This is a computer-to-computer (ad hoc) network” checkbox.
  7. Click “OK” in order to save your changes. Your network should be correctly created.
  8. Select your new network on your iPad (“Adjustments” > “Wi-Fi”).

Once Ableton Live is running with Conductr as the selected controller and the server is enabled, you can run Conductr on your iPad.

* NOTE: You will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

Ad Hoc network set-up on Windows Vista/Windows 7*:

  1. Go to the Network & Sharing center.Go to Network & Sharing center on WIndows 7
  2. Click on “Set up a new connection or network”.On Windows 7 Click on “Set up a new connection or network”.
  3. Select “Set up a wireless Ad Hoc (computer-to-computer) network”. Click on “Next”.
  4. Name your network and introduce a 5-digit password.

    On Windows 7, Name your network and introduce a 5-digit password

  5. Select “WEP” as “Security Type”.
  6. Enable the “Save this network” checkbox and click on “Next”.
  7. Select your new network on your iPad (“Adjustments” > “Wi-Fi”).

* NOTE: You will probably have to disconnect the preset firewall provided by most telecom companies.

Ad Hoc network set-up on Windows 8 / Windows 10:

Microsoft has removed the option to create an Ad Hoc network straight from the Control Panel.

We have developed a specific script to help all Windows 8 / Windows 10 users to set up an Ad Hoc network automatically*.

Download Conductr AdHoc Windows 8 script
Download Conductr AdHoc Windows 10 script

This script will create a network called “Conductr” with the password: Conductr01

* NOTE: If you know about scripting, you can edit the script with a text editor in order to change the network set-up.

Connecting your iPad to your Pc via USB:

The USB connection for Windows (7 or higher).

  1. Connect your iPad to your computer with the iPad cable BEFORE selecting the server.*
  2. If you want to make sure that the USB connection is running, click on the server icon in your computer and select your iPad name.
  3. Open Ableton Live and connect to the Server through the Conductr app in the iPad.

*NOTE: iTunes must be installed to use Conductr

Start playing with Conductr

Launch Conductr once you have launched Ableton Live on your computer.*
Once you have connected Conductr with Ableton Live, you can change your Ableton Live set on your computer as many times as you want.

*NOTE: If you selected “NO” when the installation software asked you to automatically launch the Conductr Server, you’ll have to launch it manually each time you want to use Conductr.

SERVER:

When launching Conductr, first to appear is the CONDUCTR SET UP screen.

Manual - Select server Conductr

Select the server you want to use.*

*NOTE: Usually, only the computer connected to the Ad Hoc network will appear. Other computers can appear eventually if more users are connected to the same network and running the Conductr server.
Other devices can appear if you are working on a regular Wi-Fi network.

Create a project:

  1. Tap on “NEW”.
  2. Name your project (it can match the name of the Ableton Live set you’re using, but does not have to).
  3. Tap on “ADD”. Your project will be added to the list.
  4. On your first time running Conductr, the project list will appear empty. As you create new projects, they will progressively be added to the list in chronological order (from newest to oldest). You can get back to them or delete them anytime you want to. Your project’s User Modules (see here) and Playgound’s last set up (see here) will be automatically saved when closing it or selecting a different project.

Delete a project:

  1. Tap on the project you want to delete on the projects list.
  2. Tap on “EDIT”.
  3. A “DELETE” button will appear beside the selected project name. Tap it and the project will be deleted permanently.
  4. Tap again on “EDIT” to get back to the project creation and selection mode.

Once you have created or selected a project, tap on the “GO” bar to get to the PLAYGROUND.

Selecting a different project:

  1. If you want to change a project to work with, tap on the GO bottom bar to get into the PLAYGROUND.
  2. Tap on the MODULE SELECTION icon on any view side menu (see “THE PLAYGROUND” tutorial).
  3. Tap on the USER MODULES SET UP. You will get into the USER MODULES SET UP screen.
  4. Tap on the PROJECTS button up right and you will get back to the CONDUCTR SET UP screen.

Manual - Select project Conductr

How to use the Multiport function

  • Open the Ableton Live project or Traktor set you want to work with.
  • Make sure the Conductr Server is updated to version 2.2.0 and enabled.
  • Connect two or more iPads to the same server through USB, wifi or a combination of both.
  • Jam on!*

*NOTE: Your User Modules are exclusive to each iPad. Both the trial and premium versions of Conductr can interact together.

The Playground

The first time you go into the PLAYGROUND, it will appear on a 4 empty views mode by default. Each view has its corresponding side menu.

Manual – The Playground Conductr

Each view can contain a module. You can change each view’s module whenever you want, even while playing live. Choose which module you want on each view by tapping the MODULE SELECTION icon.

Manual – Module selection icon Conductr

When getting into a new project’s PLAYGROUND for the first time, you can only load SYSTEM MODULES (Clips module, Mixer module and Master module) until you set up your own User modules.

Manual – System modules Conductr

PLAYGROUND SET-UP:

The PLAYGROUND is ergonomic: it adapts to your needs. The PLAYGROUND interface set-up can be changed at any time to four different view modes:

4 VIEWS MODE

Manual – The Playground Conductr

3 VIEWS MODE

Manual – 3 Views mode Conductr

2 VIEWS MODE

Manual – 2 Views mode Conductr

1 VIEW MODE (FULL SCREEN)

Manual - 1 View mode Conductr

The PLAYGROUND interface is set up using each view control icons menu:

1/2 SCREEN VIEW

Manual - Half view icon Conductr

FULL SCREEN VIEW

Manual  - Full screen view icon Conductr

Settings function

The SETTINGS FUNCTION is located in the SET UP screen.

Manual – Set up Settings functions Conductr

It allows you to:

  • Enable a default Hide Mute function in all mixers to avoid accidents.*

Manual – Enable a default Hide Mute Conductr

  • Resize Clips an Faders: Small, Medium, Large.

Manual – Resize Clips an Faders Conductr

  • Enable a default Link Clips and Mixer horizontal shift.**

Manual – Enable a default Link Clips and Mixer horizontal shift Conductr

  • Resize the Z Pinch Radius in the XY-4D pads: Small, Medium, Large.

Manual – Resize the Z Pinch Radius in the XY 4D pads Conductr

* When the Hide Mute function in the SETTINGS is ON, it affects all Mixer Modules you may use in your project. If you want to disable it in a concrete Mixer Module, simply click on that mixer Hide Mute button.

** When the Link Clips and Mixer horizontal shift function in SETTINGS is ON, it affects all Clips and Mixer Modules you may use in your project. If you want to disable it in a concrete Clips or Mixer Module, simply click on that module MASTER button.

Clips module

The CLIPS MODULE shows your clips grid like on Ableton Live’s session view. Clips are distributed in columns (tracks) and rows (scenes).

Manual Clips module Conductr

NOTE: In the Conductr freemium version, the CLIPS MODULE is limited to 2 tracks. You can purchase the PREMIUM CLIPS MODULE to control all of your track’s mixer parameters without limitation (see Premium modules & Pack IN-APP Purchase).

CONTROL OF THE CLIPS:

Clips can be controlled in different ways, which can be mixed, like on Ableton Live’s session view:

1. Individual clips control:

  • Tap on a clip to trigger it.
  • To stop a clip, double tap on any empty clip slot in the same track or tap on the STOP CLIP button on the track’s bottom control bar.

Manual – Stop clips Conductr

2.Tracks groups control:

  • If you have created a tracks group on your Ableton Live set, you can trigger it as a single unit simply by tapping on the GROUP icon.Group-icon-Conductr
  • You can unfold it by tapping on the group name on the CLIP MODULE top control bar.Unfold-group-Conductr
  • Once the group is unfolded, you can trigger each clip individually (see 1.).
  • To stop the group, double tap on any empty clip slot in the GROUP icon track or double tap on the STOP button on the track’s bottom controls bar.
  • You can also stop a single clip within the group (see 1.).

3. Scenes control:

  • To trigger a scene, tap on its PLAY Icon on the MASTER TRACK.PLAY-Icon-on-the-MASTER-TRACK-Conductr
  • To stop a scene, tap on any empty scene PLAY icon on the MASTER TRACK.
  • To stop all clips, double tap on the STOP button on the MASTER TRACK.STOP-button-on-the-MASTER-TRACK-Conductr

CLIPS MODULE NAVIGATION:

If your clips grid is too big to fit in the PLAYGROUND, you can navigate it dragging the top control bar horizontally or the MASTER TRACK vertically.

You can also navigate it by moving it in any direction with 2 fingers.

You can link a CLIPS MODULE to a MIXER MODULE or even other CLIPS MODULES.

Double tap on the MASTER button of each module you want to link and all of them will move in sync. To detach, double tap again on the MASTER button of the modules you want to detach.

Master-button-Conductr

CLIPS MODULE SHIFT MODE:

The CLIPS MODULE side menu features a SHIFT button.

Shift-icon-Conductr

When tapping the SHIFT button, you get quick access to each track’s volume fader and mute button and to the MASTER TRACK volume fader and LOCK button*.

 

*NOTE: The LOCK button allows you to lock and unlock the MASTER VOLUME. It can be very useful in order to avoid accidental Master volume changes while playing live.

Lock-button-Conductr

Master module

The MASTER MODULE features MASTER VOLUME, CUE VOLUME, A/B CROSSFADE and the usual transport unit controls:

  • PLAY
  • STOP
  • RECORD
  • NUDGE UP
  • NUDGE DOWN
  • METRONOME
  • TEMPO
  • FINE TEMPO
  • TAP
  • BAR
  • OVERDUB
  • UNDO
  • REDO
  • LOOP

TEMP, FINE TEMPO and BAR values can be modified by dragging their icons up and down.

Manual – Master module Conductr

Mixer module

The MIXER MODULE allows you to control your Ableton Live set mixer parameters:

  • Volume.
  • Panning.
  • Mute / Solo / Rec.
  • Sends.

Manual – Mixer module Conductr

The MIXER MODULE features Conductr’s smart faders: to go straight to 0 dB, double tap near the “0 dB” mark and the fader will automatically move there.

Conductr’s smart faders can also be used to silence a track without muting it: double tap near the minimum volume mark and the fader will automatically move there.

Conductr’s smart faders also feature an acceleration detector to adapt to the velocity and impulse of the user’s touch.

NOTE: In the Conductr freemium version, the MIXER MODULE is limited to 2 tracks. You can purchase the PREMIUM MIXER MODULE to control all of your track’s mixer parameters without limitation (see Premium modules & Pack IN-APP Purchase).

MIXER MODULE NAVIGATION:

If your tracks grid is too big to fit in the PLAYGROUND, you can navigate it by dragging the top control bar horizontally.

If your Ableton Live set features tracks groups, you can control their volume as a single unit using the fader under the group name. You can also fold/unfold them by tapping on the group name on the top bar.

If you do not want to risk accidentally muting a track, you can toggle the Mute buttons with the Mute Hiding button:

Mute-Hiding-button-Conductr

You can link the MIXER MODULE to a CLIP MODULE. Double tap on the MASTER button of each module you want to link and all of them will move in sync. To detach, double tap again on the MASTER button of the modules you want to detach.

Master-button-Conductr

MIXER MODULE SHIFT MODE:

The MIXER MODULE side menu features a SHIFT button.

Manual – Shift icon Conductr

When tapping the SHIFT button, you get quick access to each track’s panning, solo and record controls, and to the MASTER VOLUME pan, LOCK* and LIMITER**.

Panning is controlled with Conductr’s smart crossfaders: to get back to 0, double tap near the center bar and the crossfader will automatically move there.

Panning-Conductr

*NOTE: The LOCK button allows you to lock and unlock the MASTER VOLUME. It can be very useful in order to avoid accidental MASTER VOLUME changes while playing live.

Manual – Lock button Conductr

**NOTE: The LIMITER button blocks (0 dBs by default) and unblocks (up to 6 dBs) the track’s maximum volume.

Manual – Limit 00db Conductr

MIXER MODULE SENDS MODE:

The MIXER MODULE side menu features a SENDS button.

Manual – Sends icon Conductr

When tapping the SENDS button, you enable the MIXER MODULE SENDS mode. While on this mode, you can control how much signal is being sent from the tracks to the return channels.

Tap again on the SENDS button to get back to the standard MIXER MODULE view.

Send-Mixer-module-Conductr

MIXER MODULE SENDS MODE + SHIFT:

While on the MIXER MODULE SENDS mode, you can tap the SHIFT button to control each single track sends.

Manual – Mixer module sends shift Conductr

Tap again on the SHIFT button to get back to the standard MIXER MODULE SENDS view.

Manual – Shift Mixer modules sends Conductr

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.

User-modules-system-modules-Conductr

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.

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:

User-modules-set-up-screen-Conductr

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.

Learn button Conductr

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.

Broken parameters icon Conductr

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.

Claydr MIDI Keyboard

ABOUT CLAYDR

CLAYDR works as a MIDI keyboard. It doesn’t produce any sound by itself.

The CLAYDR module is located in the System Modules list.

Manual – Claydr module on System module Conductr

In the Conductr freemium version, you can only use one row in Claydr and one scale. You can purchase the PREMIUM CLAYDR MODULE to get 4 rows onscreen and 58 scales * (see Premium modules & Pack IN-APP Purchase).

HOW TO SET UP CLAYDR

In order to make CLAYDR work, first you have to follow this steps:

  • Go to Preferences > MIDI Sync tab and make sure that the Track switch in the MIDI Ports section is set to ON in the MIDI input.

    Ableton preference MIDI Sync Conductr

  • Create a MIDI track in your Ableton Live set.

    Ableton insert MIDI Track Conductr

  • Drag the instrument you want to control with Claydr from the Browser to the created MIDI track.
  • Select the CONDUCTR MIDI input in the “MIDI from >All Ins” drop down menu.

    Ableton Select Conductr MIDI

  • Enable your MIDI track Record button if you want to record what you play.

    Ableton Select MIDI to Conductr

  • Select CONDUCTR in the “MIDI to” drop down menu to send MIDI messages from other controllers and use CLAYDR as a plug-in.

    Ableton enable MIDI Track record button Conductr

You can check the MIDI set up process in the official Ableton Live tutorial video series here:

PLAYING WITH CLAYDR

The CLAYDR interface features a complete 88-key piano-like keyboard at the top and 4 different rows, each one containing an octave.

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Each row has its own color (cream, red, green and blue). Select the octave you want to play on each row by dragging the colored octave selector on the keyboard.

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Each row can be configured individually on the top menu.

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The top menu features 6 different parameters:

  • ADD NOTE: Add up to 3 complementary notes to the one you play.
  • VELOCITY: CLAYDR features 3 different Velocity Modes:
    • Manual Mode (M):  velocity varies depending on where you touch a key, from bottom (minimum) to top (maximum).

      Manual-mode-Conductr

    • Random Mode (R): each time you touch a key, velocity changes randomly
    • Fixed Mode: select a fixed velocity in a 1 (minimum) to 10 (maximum) scale.

Select the velocity mode you wish on the Velocity Selector Button.

  • SPREAD: Combined with the ADD NOTE feature, the SPREAD feature will spread your supplementary notes on higher and lower octaves. You can select how many octaves you want to spread the notes on with the Spread Selector Button.
  • RANDOM: Combined with the ADD NOTE feature, the RANDOM feature generates random complementary notes of the same scale. You can select how many octaves you want to spread them with the Random Selector Button.
  • HOLD: Add sustain to the notes you play.
  • BEND: The only global feature on the top menu (it affects all rows). BEND allows you to play vibratos by simply moving your finger left and right on a key (at the corners, use up and down to avoid moving out of the ipad screen) .

Bend-Conductr

More parameters can be set using the SHIFT mode:

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  • Select the kind of scale and chord you want to use.
  • Use the KEY mode to see only each scale’s notes.
  • Use the CHROMATIC mode to see the whole keyboard.

NOTE: You can also use CLAYDR to control any parameter on Ableton Live, just like you can with any other MIDI controller. To set it up, go to Preferences > MIDI Sync tab and make sure that the Remote switch in the MIDI Ports section is set to ON in the MIDI input.

Note - Remote ON Conductr

* If you are a Full Premium Pack owner, you get CLAYDR for free.

Brandl MIDI Drum Pad

ABOUT BRANDL

BRANDL works as a MIDI drum pad. It doesn’t produce any sounds.
The BRANDL module is located in the System Modules list.

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In the Brandl Freemium version you can only use 4 pads in the Pad Mode and play with 2 fingers in the Ergonomic Mode. You can purchase the BRANDL PREMIUM MODULE to access the full version: 16 pads in the Pad Mode / Up to 5 fingers active in the Ergonomic Mode. (see Premium modules & Pack IN-APP Purchases).

HOW TO SET UP BRANDL

Follow these steps to get started with Brandl:

  • Go to Preferences > MIDI Sync tab and make sure that the Track switch in the MIDI Ports section is set to ON in the MIDI input.

    Ableton preference MIDI Sync Conductr

  • Create a MIDI track in your Ableton Live set.

    Ableton insert MIDI Track Conductr

  • Drag the Drum Rack that you want to control from the browser to the MIDI track.

    Brandl---Drag-the-Drum-Pack-you-want

  • You can also drag a blank Drum Rack and add the instruments/sounds you want to play with.

    Brandl---You-can-also-drag-a-blank-drum-rack

  • Select the CONDUCTR MIDI input in the “MIDI from > All Ins” drop down menu.

    Ableton Select Conductr MIDI

  • Enable your MIDI track Record button.

    Ableton Select MIDI to Conductr

You can check the MIDI set up process in the official Ableton Live tutorial video series here:

PLAYING WITH BRANDL

The Brandl drum pad features 2 different modes: Pad and Ergonomic.

Brandl Pad Mode:

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Brandl Ergonomic Mode:

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When you load the Brandl module in the Playground, it will appear on Pad Mode by default.
Both the Pad and Ergonomic modes feature a Settings side menu. You can fold/unfold it by tapping on the Menu icon.

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THE PAD MODE

The Brandl Pad Mode interface features 16 pads on a 4×4 matrix, 8 macro controllers and one XY-4D FX unit.
Each pad’s MIDI mapping and volume settings can be edited independently.

  • Select Brandl on the System Modules list*.
  • Select the MIDI range you want to play with by dragging the MIDI Range Selection window on the side menu. Each slot’s sample name will appear on each pad.**

    Conductr Brandl MIDI Range Menu

*NOTE: We encourage you to use Brandl on full screen mode to get a better experience.

**NOTE: When working on half screen mode, the MIDI Range Selection window is shown as a 2×4 matrix:

2.3-Conductr_Brandl_MIDI_Range_MidScreen

MIDI mapping

AUTOMATIC Ableton Drum Rack Mapping
When you load Brandl for the first time within an Ableton Live project, it maps your drum rack with the Automatic mode by default. Even if you change the mapping with the Manual mode, you can recover the original MIDI settings anytime by re-activating the Automatic mode.

  • Tap on the editor Icon in the Settings menu.

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  • Select Automatic mode (A) in the MIDI settings section.

    3.2-Conductr_Brandl_MIDI_Automatic

MANUAL Mapping
You can edit any pad’s MIDI mapping in Manual mode.

  • Tap on the editor Icon in the Settings menu.
  • Select Manual mode (M) in the MIDI settings section and tap on “EDIT”.

    4.2-Conductr_Brandl_MIDI_Manual_2

  • You can scroll within any pad to assign any MIDI range. The range goes from A to G and from -2 to +8.

    Conductr Brandl MID IManual

  • Once you’ve edited your pads’ MIDI mapping, tap again on “EDIT”.

Your Manual MIDI mapping settinga are saved automatically when you close your Conductr project. To recover it on future sessions, simply select the Manual mode (M) in the menu’s MIDI settings section.

Volume modes
You can play your pads with fixed or flexible volume levels.
“Fixed volume levels” means that the volume of the pads won’t be affected by your physical performance and will always stay on the same level.
“Flexible volume values” means that the volume of the pads will change depending on how you interact physically with them on the Brandl interface.

Fixed volume modes
– Tap on the editor Icon in the Settings menu.

There are 2 fixed volume values modes: Manual (M) and Global (F1 to F5).
The Manual (M) mode allows you to edit each pad’s fixed volume value independently:

  • Select the Manual mode (M) in the Volume settings section and tap on “EDIT”.

    Conductr Brandl Volume Manual

  • Adjust each pad’s volume level (range goes from 0 to 100).

    5.3-Conductr_Brandl_Volume_Manual_3

  • Tap on “EDIT” again.

The Global mode allows you to adjust the track’s overall general volume. The range goes from F1 (lowest) to F5 (highest).
– Select the global volume range you want to play with (F1 to F5) in the Volume settings section.

5.4 Conductr_Brandl_Volume_F5

Flexible volume modes
There are 2 flexible volume level modes: Touch Size (TSZ) and Center-Relative (CTR).
The Touch Size (TSZ) mode allows you to control each pad’s volume depending on the portion of your finger tapping on each pad (i.e. the lesser the portion of a finger touches the pad means the lesser the volume).

  • Tap on the editor Icon in the Settings menu.
  • Select TSZ in the Volume settings section.

    Brandl Volume TSZ

The Center-Relative (CTR) mode allows you to control each pad’s volume depending on the pad’s area you tap on. The closest to the center of the pad, the highest the volume.

  • Tap on the editor Icon in the Settings menu.
  • Select CTR in the Volume settings section.

    Brandl Volume CTR

BRANDL FX unit
You can control up to 8 macros in your Ableton drum rack with the Brandl FX Unit. You can also control 4 parameters from any FX unit through a XY-4D interface.

  • Tap on the Brandl Shift Mode Icon.

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  • The 8 faders located in the bottom right control the macros you have mapped in your drum rack.

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    (Find more info about how to map your macros on Ableton HERE).

  • To control up to 4 parameters from any FX unit with the XY-4D FX Unit, open the Settings Menu and tap on FX > EDIT.

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  • Tap on a coordinate (X, Y, Z or K) “LEARN” button and move the parameter you want to assign with your mouse.*

    Conductr_Brandl_Ergonomic_Mode_FX_XY_Learn1

  • Once you are done, tap on FX > EDIT again.

Find more info about Conductr’s XY-4D FX units HERE.

*NOTE: The K coordinate controls an on/off button only.

THE ERGONOMIC MODE

The BRANDL Ergonomic Mode allows you to adapt up to 5 pads to your hand’s morphology, allowing you to perform with a more intuitive and organic interface.*

  • Tap on the Ergonomic Mode Icon.

    Conductr_Brandl_Ergonomic_Mode_Icon

  • Open the Settings Menu and tap on “Calibrate”.

    Conductr_Brandl_Ergonomic_Mode_Calibrate_ON

  • Touch the screen with up to 5 fingers with ease.

    Touch the screen with up to 5 fingers with ease

  • Take your fingers off the screen. The interface will show you the interaction mapping.

    Brandl-Ergonomic---Take-your-fingers-off-the-screen

  • To assign a different pad to any finger, tap on the “Notes” button in the Settings Menu.

    Conductr_Brandl_Ergonomic_Mode_Notes_ON

  • Tap on the selected finger’s area.

    Brandl-Ergonomic---Tap-on-the-selected-finger’s-area

  • The Pad Mode will open automatically. Tap on the slot you want to assign.

    Brandl - Notes - The Pad Mode will open automatically

    Brand - The Pad Mode will open automatically

  • Tap on the “Notes” button again once you are done.

*NOTE: The Ergonomic Mode only works on full screen.

Premium modules & Packs

Ableton premium modules & packs

Conductr is a freemium app. You can download a trial version of the Ableton control modules for free with these limited features: 2 tracks, 1 User Module/ XY-4D fx unit and 1 active row on the Claydr MIDI keyboard. You can get unlimited features by in-app purchasing different Premium modules and packs.

Premium Clips module

Launch all of your sets’ clips without limitation.

Premium Mixer module

Control all of your tracks’ audio inputs & outputs without limitation.

Clips & Mixer pack

Purchase both the Premium Clips & Premium Mixer modules at a reduced price.

Premium User modules / XY-4D Pads

Create as many User Modules as you want without limitation, be them by Default type or XY-4D Pads (each one featuring up to 4 fx units).

Claydr MIDI Keyboard premium

Get 4 rows on screen, each one featuring a different octave of your choice and with independent settings. There are 58 scales available to play in-key.

Premium Ableton Full Pack

Get the whole experience. Everything included: the Clips & Mixer Pack, the Premium User Modules/XY-4D Pads and the Claydr MIDI Keyboard Premium.

How to buy Ableton premium modules & packs

Go to the CONDUCTR SET UP screen.

Home screen - Conductr

Tap on the Conductr Store.

Select the product you want to buy.
Follow the Appstore instructions.
In case you have any issue, please get in touch with the Conductr Support Team at support@conductr.net.

Restore purchases

In case you have purchased a Premium Module or a Preemium Pack and you change your iPad, simply download the app again on your new device and press “RESTORE”.

Conductr Store

Tap the PURCHASE button on the Conductr Store (located in the CONDUCTR SET UP screen) to recover your purchases.

In case you have purchased a Premium Module or a Pack and you have deleted Conductr, simply download the app again and press the RESTORE PURCHASE button on the Conductr Store (located in the CONDUCTR SET UP screen) to recover your purchases.

In case you have any issue, please get in touch with the Conductr Support Team at support@conductr.net.