Yaeltex Turn Ableton tutorial - connect, setup & midi map

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

This tutorial will explain all you need to know on using the Yaeltex Turn with Ableton Live. This includes connecting, setting up and midi mapping the Turn.

Article Contents

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

To sum it up, the Yaeltex Turn is fully compatible with Ableton Live.

Although Ableton Live doesn’t provide a default MIDI remote script within its software for it, the Turn can still be midi mapped to many functions within the software.

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

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 Turn.

Does the Yaeltex Turn come with ableton Live included?

Ableton Live Lite is not included with the Turn, therefore it must be bought 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.

If you're looking to make sure you have the full range of Audio and MIDI effects, we suggest you go with Ableton Live Suite, as it has far more than the Standard edition.

How to connect the Turn to ableton

Connecting and setting up the Yaeltex Turn with Ableton Live is a relatively simple process, once you have the 2 linked together you will be able to control parameters of the software from your midi controller.

1. Connect the Turn to your computer via USB.
First, connect the USB cable to both the Turn 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 Turn from the list of available devices.
Click the the MIDI Sync tab, make sure that Input and Output for the Turn 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 Turn (Sync can also be optionally checked).

The Turn is now ready for use with Ableton Live.

How to midi map the akai mpk mini in Ableton Live

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

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

Saving your Turn Midi Mappings is cumbersome

Mappings are saved along with your Ableton session. Therefore, if a new session is created, you must re-map all of your controls.

Ableton MIDI mappings are one-to-one

With a one-to-one MIDI mapping, each control on your Turn 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 include every control options, options such as selected track control and selected device control unfortunately aren't possible. You can view a comprehensive list of all Ableton midi mapping options here.

We have a great solution to these problems

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

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