Pioneer Djm S7 Ableton tutorial – connect, setup & midi map

Pioneer’s Djm S7 is an exceptionally flexible midi DJ controller and is a powerful tool when is used with Ableton Live. This midi DJ controller has a plethora of features, making it perfect for Ableton Live.

In this tutorial you will learn everything you need to know about using the Pioneer Djm S7 with Ableton Live. including how to connect, setup and midi map the Djm S7.

Article Contents

  1. Does the Pioneer Djm S7 work with Ableton Live?
  2. Does the Pioneer Djm S7 come with ableton Live included?
  3. How to connect the Djm S7 to ableton
  4. How to midi map the Pioneer Djm S7 in Ableton Live
  5. The Limitations of midi mapping the Djm S7
    1. Saving your Djm S7 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 Pioneer Djm S7 work with Ableton Live?

To sum it up, the Pioneer Djm S7 is fully compatible with Ableton Live.

The lack of a MIDI remote script in Ableton Live does not restrict users from midi mapping the Djm S7 to multiple functions inside the program.

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 Djm S7 is a MIDI enabled device it will be fully compatible with Ableton.

Making your own midi mappings is a breeze with Ableton Live, which gives you the ability to control a lot of components of the software with your Djm S7.

Does the Pioneer Djm S7 come with ableton Live included?

The Djm S7 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. Even though Intro and Standard are both effective, Suite offers a lot more, including 70GB of library sounds, compared 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 Djm S7 to ableton

Connecting the Pioneer Djm S7 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 DJ controller.

1. Connect the Djm S7 to your computer via USB.
First, connect the USB cable to both the Djm S7 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 Djm S7 from the list of available devices.
Click the the MIDI Sync tab, make sure that Input and Output for the Djm S7 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.

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In the ‘MIDI’ section of this tab, make sure the ‘Track’ and ‘Remote’ boxes are checked for both the Input and Output of the Djm S7 (Sync can also be optionally checked).

The Djm S7 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 Pioneer Djm S7 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 Djm S7, such as a knob or fader.
4. The parameter you selected is now mapped to the physical control which you moved on the Djm S7.
5. Moving the physical control on your Djm S7 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 Djm S7

With Ableton’s midi mapping system, you can swiftly map your Djm S7, however, you must be aware of a few restrictions…

Saving your Djm S7 Midi Mappings is cumbersome

It is important to note that your mappings are stored with the Ableton session when saving. Consequently, when you create a new session, you will have to remap your controls again.

Ableton MIDI mappings are one-to-one

With a one-to-one MIDI mapping, each control on your Djm S7 can only be assigned to a single 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 Djm S7, 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 Djm S7’s mappings across all of your Ableton Live sessions,
– map multiple Ableton parameters to a single control on your Djm S7,
– access many more Ableton parameter controls for your Djm S7, 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 Djm S7 in Ableton Live?

There are several possible causes:
1. Make sure that the Djm S7 is connected properly to your computer via USB and that the cable is not damaged.
2. Make sure that the Djm S7 is selected as your audio input and output device in your audio settings.
3. Make sure that the correct driver is installed for the Djm S7.
4. Make sure that the Djm S7 is selected as the input device in Ableton’s MIDI Preferences.