Akai Lpd8 Ableton tutorial – connect, setup & midi map

Akai’s Lpd8 is an incredibly multi-faceted midi controller and is a powerful addition to any Ableton Live setup. This midi controller has a wealth of features that make it ideal for use with Ableton Live.

This guide will provide you with all the knowledge necessary to utilize the Akai Lpd8 with Ableton Live, which includes how to connect, configure and midi map the Lpd8.

Article Contents

  1. Does the Akai Lpd8 work with Ableton Live?
  2. Does the Akai Lpd8 come with ableton Live included?
  3. How to connect the Lpd8 to ableton
  4. How to midi map the Akai Lpd8 in Ableton Live
  5. The Limitations of midi mapping the Lpd8
    1. Saving your Lpd8 Midi Mappings is cumbersome
    2. Ableton MIDI mappings are one-to-one
    3. Limited Ableton parameter options to map to
    4. A great solution to these problems
  6. Why can’t I hear my Push in Ableton Live?

Does the Akai Lpd8 work with Ableton Live?

In short, yes, the Akai Lpd8 is compatible with Ableton Live.

The Lpd8 is equipped with a standard midi remote script in Ableton Live, so you just need to connect it (see instructions below) to get it working.

All versions of Ableton Live, Intro, Lite, standard and suite can be used in conjunction with pretty much any device which sends MIDI data, and it will work with all versions of Live such as 9, 10 and 11. As the Lpd8 is a MIDI enabled device it will be fully compatible with Ableton.

Creating your own midi mappings in Ableton is simple, and gives you the ability to control a variety of Ableton Live’s components with your Lpd8.

Does the Akai Lpd8 come with ableton Live included?

The Lpd8 doesn’t come with a copy of Ableton Live Lite, so this would need to be purchased separately.

There are three main versions of Ableton Live: Intro, Standard and Suite. Whilst Intro and Standard are highly functional, Suite includes an additional 70GB library of sounds, in comparison to Standard’s 10GB.

If you prefer to have all the Audio and MIDI effects, we recommend getting Ableton Live Suite, because it comes with much more of them than the Standard edition.

How to connect the Lpd8 to ableton

Linking and configuring the Akai Lpd8 to Ableton Live is not too complicated, and once you have them paired together you can control the software’s settings from your midi controller.

1. Connect the Lpd8 to your computer via USB.
First, connect the USB cable to both the Lpd8 and your computer.
2. Launch Ableton Live and open the MIDI preferences.
Double click the Ableton Live icon to launch the software. Then, in the top menu of Ableton, go to the Preferences menu by opening the ‘Live’ menu and clicking ‘Preferences’.
3. Select the Lpd8 from the list of available devices.
Click the the MIDI Sync tab, make sure that Input and Output for the Lpd8 are checked.
4. Ensure that the proper ‘Track’, ‘Remote’ and ‘Sync’ boxes are checked for both input and output.

  • Track: When checked, this allows MIDI notes and CC messages to be sent/received.
  • Sync: This option enables MIDI clock syncing between Ableton live and the external device.
  • Remote: Allows external MIDI controllers to remotely control parameters within Ableton Live.

In the ‘MIDI’ section of this tab, make sure the ‘Track’ and ‘Remote’ boxes are checked for both the Input and Output of the Lpd8 (Sync can also be optionally checked).

The Lpd8 will now be setup and ready to use with Ableton Live.

How to midi map the akai mpk mini in Ableton Live

After successfully connecting the Akai Lpd8 to Ableton live following the steps above, you can now MIDI map the physical knobs, pads, keys etc on the device to functionality within Ableton Live by doing the following:

1. Select the MIDI Map Mode button in the top right corner of the Live window. The button should turn orange, indicating that the MIDI Map Mode is enabled.
2. Select the parameter you wish to control in Ableton by clicking it with the cursor, the parameter will become highlighted.
3. Move a control on the Lpd8, such as a knob or fader.
4. The parameter you selected is now mapped to the physical control which you moved on the Lpd8.
5. Moving the physical control on your Lpd8 will now move the position of the corresponding parameter in Ableton.
6. Repeat steps 2 – 4 for any other parameters you wish to map.
7. When you’re finished mapping, press the MIDI Map Mode button again to disable it.

The Limitations of midi mapping the Lpd8

Ableton’s midi mapping system provides a great way to quickly map your Lpd8, there are however, some limitations to be aware of…

Saving your Lpd8 Midi Mappings is cumbersome

Saving your mappings can be a problem as mappings are saved with an Ableton session, so if you start a new session you will need to re-map your controls again.

Ableton MIDI mappings are one-to-one

With a one-to-one MIDI mapping, each control on your Lpd8 can only be assigned to a single parameter in Ableton Live.

Limited Ableton parameter options to map to

Unfortunately, Ableton’s internal midi mapping mode does not provide every control option, so options such as controlling the selected track or selected device aren’t possible. A full list of Ableton midi mapping options can be found here.

We have a great solution to these problems

If you’re looking to get the most out of your Lpd8, our Ableton Midi Script Creator tool ‘Control Surface Studio‘ is exactly what you need!
With it, you’ll be able to:
– save and re-use your Lpd8’s mappings across all of your Ableton Live sessions,
– map multiple Ableton parameters to a single control on your Lpd8,
– access many more Ableton parameter controls for your Lpd8, than Live’s internal midi mapping mode allows.

Learn more about Control Surface Studio and see how it can help you by clicking here!

FAQ / Troubleshooting

Why can’t I hear my Lpd8 in Ableton Live?

There are several possible causes:
1. Make sure that the Lpd8 is connected properly to your computer via USB and that the cable is not damaged.
2. Make sure that the Lpd8 is selected as your audio input and output device in your audio settings.
3. Make sure that the correct driver is installed for the Lpd8.
4. Make sure that the Lpd8 is selected as the input device in Ableton’s MIDI Preferences.