DIY: Make an Analog Arduino Controller for Ableton Live

In this tutorial I will show you how to hook up analog Potentiometers to an Arduino Uno to control Ableton Live Parameters via a USB and Max for Live!

Before you retreat, this tutorial requires NO soldering or coding skills! With an Arduino Uno, Ableton Live 9, Max for Live and select tools you can make your own analog controller for Ableton Live!
In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to get started using analog components via an Arduino Uno to control digital devices inside Ableton Live. This is only meant to get you started on the road to expressive, intricate and awesome micro controllers, while being incredibly fun and rewarding.

Here’s a video showing the basics of how to make this work. For more details we’ve included the written instructions below.

No coding or soldering required!

finished-controller-prototype

What you will need to follow along:

  • An Arduino Uno w/ the Software
  • Ableton Live (Live 9 Standard or above)
  • Max for Live w/ Connection Kit Pack [Free]
  • 4 x Potentiometers (Any will do. I tested 5k, 10k, 100k, 500k)
  • 1 x Slider Switch (Optional)
  • Small Breadboard
  • Assorted Breadboard Jumper Wires (~20)

**The switch is optional. Also, you only need one potentiometer if you are just looking to get started. Though, I will use four for this tutorial.

We won’t be doing any coding in this tutorial, thanks to Ableton’s free Max for Live Connection Kit Pack. So, go grab it, if you haven’t already, and install it.

Get the Full Written Tutorial/Instructions HereAsk.Audio/ArduinoAbleton

*this is an excerpt of my article for Ask Audio Magazine, copied here with permission.

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Author: Joshua Casper

Joshua Casper is an Artist, Musician, and Blogger.

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