Behringer Umx25 Ableton tutorial - connect, setup & midi map

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Behringer's Umx25 is an exceptionally flexible midi keyboard and is a powerful tool when is used with Ableton Live. This midi keyboard has a plethora of features, making it perfect for Ableton Live.

This tutorial will teach you everything needed in order to use the Behringer Umx25 with Ableton Live, including the processes of linking, setting up and midi mapping the Umx25.

Article Contents

  1. Does the Behringer Umx25 work with Ableton Live?
  2. Does the Behringer Umx25 come with ableton Live included?
  3. How to connect the Umx25 to ableton
  4. How to midi map the Behringer Umx25 in Ableton Live
  5. The Limitations of midi mapping the Umx25
    1. Saving your Umx25 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 Behringer Umx25 work with Ableton Live?

To put it briefly, the Behringer Umx25 is compatible with Ableton Live.

Despite the lack of a default MIDI remote script existing within Ableton Live, it is still possible to midi map the Umx25 to a variety of functions.

All forms of Ableton Live, Intro, Lite, Standard and Suite, can work with practically any instrument that sends out MIDI data, and it will be compatible with all versions of Live such as 9, 10 and 11. Due to this, the Umx25 will be usable with Ableton Live.

You can create your own Ableton midi mappings with ease, giving you the power to control many of the features of Ableton Live with your Umx25.

Does the Behringer Umx25 come with ableton Live included?

The Umx25 includes a complimentary version of Ableton Live Lite, but its available features are not as extensive as those in Ableton Live Standard or Suite.

There are three main versions with Ableton Live: Intro, Standard and Suite. Though Intro and Standard are both comprehensive, Suite offers much more, such as 70GB of library sounds, in comparison to Standard's 10GB.

For those seeking the full range of Audio and MIDI effects, we highly suggest purchasing Ableton Live Suite, as it offers significantly more than the Standard edition.

How to connect the Umx25 to ableton

Connecting the Behringer Umx25 with Ableton Live is pretty simple, and when the two are linked you'll be able to adjust the software's parameters from your midi keyboard.

1. Connect the Umx25 to your computer via USB.
First, connect the USB cable to both the Umx25 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 Umx25 from the list of available devices.
Click the the MIDI Sync tab, make sure that Input and Output for the Umx25 are checked.
4. Ensure that the ‘Track’, ‘Remote’ and ‘Sync’ boxes are all checked.
In the ‘MIDI’ section of this tab, make sure the ‘Track’ and ‘Remote’ boxes are checked for both the Input and Output of the Umx25 (Sync can also be optionally checked).

The Umx25 is now ready for use with Ableton Live.

How to midi map the akai mpk mini in Ableton Live

After you have connected the Behringer Umx25 to Ableton Live with the aforementioned steps, you can now use MIDI mapping to link up the physical knobs, pads, keys etc on the device to their corresponding features in Ableton Live:

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 Umx25, such as a knob or fader.
4. The parameter you selected is now mapped to the physical control which you moved on the Umx25.
5. Moving the physical control on your Umx25 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 Umx25

With Ableton's midi mapping system, you can swiftly map your Umx25, however, you must be aware of a few restrictions...

Saving your Umx25 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

Through a one-to-one MIDI mapping, each control on your Umx25 can only be assigned to 1 parameter in Ableton Live.

Limited Ableton parameter options to map to

When using Ableton's internal midi mapping mode, unfortunately now all options are available, controls such as selected track and selected device control aren't currently possible. View a full list of Ableton midi mapping options here.

We have a great solution to these problems

If you're looking to get the most out of your Umx25, 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 Umx25's mappings across all of your Ableton Live sessions,
- map multiple Ableton parameters to a single control on your Umx25,
- access many more Ableton parameter controls for your Umx25, 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 Umx25 in Ableton Live?

There are several possible causes:
1. Make sure that the Umx25 is connected properly to your computer via USB and that the cable is not damaged.
2. Make sure that the Umx25 is selected as your audio input and output device in your audio settings.
3. Make sure that the correct driver is installed for the Umx25.
4. Make sure that the Umx25 is selected as the input device in Ableton's MIDI Preferences.