A workaround for the loss of play/stop triggering through PC keyboard when tweaking bridged plugins in Ableton Live

Unfortunately, due to limitations of the bridging process, you may lose the ability to use your PC keyboard to start/stop the sequencer in Ableton Live.

This is because PC keyboard input will be routed to the secondary process that hosts your bridged plugin when you’re tweaking its GUI,  until you click anywhere in Live’s GUI again  ( which is actually how it’s supposed to work between two different processes, but not what we want here ).

James created a Max for Live patch that allows the user to map any button on a control surface (e.g a keyboard, MIDIfighter or APC40) to the ‘start/stop’ function of Ableton Live’s transport bar.

You can get it here.

Please read the included documentation for instructions on how to use it, if you have any questions regarding its usage, please contact James ( you can find his email in the included documentation ).

A big thanks to James for this clever workaround! 😉




~ by J on May 1, 2013.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: