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Turn Claydr into a multi instrumental keyboard

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Turn Claydr into a multi instrumental keyboard

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A few weeks ago we saw how to switch between different instruments within one single MIDI file. That was definitely a cool one. But, hey, let’s push things a little forward: let’s use up to four instruments SIMULTANEOUSLY in Conductr’s Claydr MIDI keyboard. Yes, you can assign a different instrument to each row!

There are actually two different ways to manage it, and both are really easy to set up.

How to assign a different instrument to each Claydr row using Ableton Live’s
MIDI Pitch plug-in:

  1. Load a MIDI Pitch plug-in and an instrument in a MIDI track.

    Load a MIDI Pitch plug-in and an instrument in a MIDI track.

  2. Set the Pitch Range parameter at +12 semitones (a complete scale).

    Set the Pitch Range parameter at +12 semitones (a complete scale).

  3. Adjust the Pitch Lowest parameter to the first tone in the octave you want to play with your instrument.

    Adjust the Pitch Lowest parameter to the first tone in the octave you want to play with your instrument.

  4. Select Claydr as the control surface.

  5. Repeat the process in up to 3 more MIDI tracks/instruments.

    Repeat the process in up to 3 more MIDI tracks/instruments.

  6. Select the octave / instrument you want to play with in each Claydr row.

  7. Wow!

How to assign a different instrument to each Claydr row using a Macros in Ableton Live:

  1. Load an Instrument Rack in a MIDI file.

  2. Click on the “Show/Hide Chain List” button.

    Click on the “Show/Hide Chain List” button.

  3. Drop the instruments you want to play with onto the Instrument Rack.

    Drop the instruments you want to play with onto the Instrument Rack.

  4. Once you have loaded all the instruments, click on the “Show Key Zone Editor” button.

    Once you have loaded all the instruments, click on the “Show Key Zone Editor” button.

  5. In the Key Zone Editor, select the range of the octave you want to assign to each instrument.

    In the Key Zone Editor, select the range of the octave you want to assign to each instrument.

  6. Repeat the process with each instrument.

  7. Select Claydr as the control surface.

  8. Select the octave / instrument you want to play with in each Claydr row.

  9. Wow!

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