Ableton Live Tutorial: How to Install MIDI Remote Scripts

Even though Ableton Live comes with a lot of MIDI remote scripts aka Control Surfaces, there will be times when you have to install one yourself. Some controllers require a special script to be installed and there are also a lot of helpful user scripts you might want to employ.

Installing a MIDI remote script is simple enough if you know where. Here's how it's done:

Windows

  1. Unzip the file if necessary by right-clicking the folder in the Windows Explorer, click 'Extract All', and then follow the instructions.
  2. Select the whole folder with the command Ctrl + A, then copy them with Ctrl + C.
  3. Now navigate to C:Program FilesAbletonLiveResourcesMIDI Remote Scripts and paste it in with Ctrl + V.
  4. Once you open Live, go to the Preferences>MIDI/Sync with Ctrl + , and choose the MIDI remote script as the Control Surface and the Input and Output of the controller you want to use it with (some scripts don't require the Input and/or Output to be set. Check their instructions). Done.

Mac OS X

  1. Unzip the file by double-clicking it, if necessary.
  2. Select the folder itself with the command Cmd + A, then copy it with Cmd + C.
  3. Now navigate to Ableton Live in your Applications folder, right-click (or Ctrl-click) it and select 'Show Package Contents', then go to Contents/App-Resources/MIDI Remote Scripts and paste it with Cmd + V.
  4. Once you open Live, go to the Preferences>MIDI/Sync with Cmd + , and choose the MIDI remote script as the Control Surface and the Input and Output of the controller you want to use it with (some scripts don't require the Input and/or Output to be set. Check the instructions first.).

Simple enough, isn't it? Do you have questions or comments? Type away.

There are plenty more Ableton Live tutorials where this one came from.

By | 2017-02-02T20:21:02+00:00 April 8th, 2013|Ableton Live Tutorials|11 Comments

About the Author:

Madeleine Bloom is a musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. She studied Electroacoustic Music at the Franz Liszt Conservatory. In the last few years she's worked as a technical support for Ableton and has helped countless people with her in-depth knowledge of Ableton Live, various other music apps as well as audio engineering.

11 Comments

  1. ProfLogik April 8, 2013 at 17:23 - Reply

    Hello Madeleine, I use multiple Midi controllers in my setup with live 9 suite 2 of the controller scripts show up in my preferences which are my Launchpad and my akai mpk mini,why is there script showing up for my akai mpd 26 which is also hooked up to my computer?

  2. ProfLogik April 8, 2013 at 20:07 - Reply

    Thank you i will try the mpd 24 remote script

  3. Mark August 15, 2014 at 21:33 - Reply

    Hi Madeline,

    Popped by here whilst searching for why i need to assign midi function on each new set i open in live. I am sure when i first plugged in my mpk mini then controls for “Analog” device or “Simpler” device where already assigned to knobs on mpk mini. Now i have to set them each time im in a new project. Dont know why. Any help on this?

    Great site which i will revisit.

    Regards,
    MArk.

  4. perri April 22, 2015 at 05:45 - Reply

    hi madeleine … did everything int he instructions and the nano does not work… ideas?
    thank you
    thank you
    perri

    • Madeleine Bloom April 22, 2015 at 21:57 - Reply

      Hard to say what the issue is without further information. Is it recognised at all in Live’s Preferences under MIDI/Sync?

  5. […] of code. You create it by clicking buttons or choosing from dropdown menus, download it and then install it just like any other control surface in Live. It also recognises the data your controller sends, so there's no need to guess which MIDI message […]

  6. Freddy Sanabria March 23, 2017 at 22:30 - Reply

    hi mate, my remote scrips for maschine jam not found on my computer, please help me

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