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Multiple Midi Devices in a Single Script

Submitted by on Sun, 10/13/2019 - 02:01
Control Surface Studio User

Hi John and Remotify Team,

Ableton only allows 6 simultaneous control surfaces but I want to use 8. Can I create a single Remotify controller that is actually comprised of multiple midi devices? I would ensure that there are no overlapping midi messages. For example, I would ensure that each midi device transmits on a unique midi channel. Let's say that the Remotify controller is named "Combined Controller." Then I would make a script and name it "Combined Surface." Then, in Ableton, I would assign the "Combined Surface" as the control surface for each and every one of my midi devices? Would that work? Thanks.

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John Carney
Forum Admin

Hi neil,

This wouldn't be possible within a script. What you would need to do is somehow combine them outside of Ableton so that they appear as a single control surface option in the preferences menu of Live.
Maybe this can be done with a Midi Interface? just had a look at this one and it does mention 'MIDI merger' which sounds like what you would need:

Would love to know if this is possible too :)
Control Surface Studio User

Hi John,
I came to the same conclusion over the weekend and accomplished my aim with an iConnectivity Mio4 interface. For now, I have 5 separate midi devices, each on a different midi channel but summed into a single port, acting together as one control surface in Ableton. I was briefly concerned that the LED feedback wouldn't work in this arrangement, but it actually works great. Thanks for your reply. I expect that I'll post additional questions in the future. :)

John Carney
Forum Admin

This is great news neil! sounds like it will be a lot of fun :)
Thanks for letting me know.