Kraag Wainstein asks “how do i get led feedback for parameters eg. wet/dry ?????” Getting LED feedback for a parameter range i.e. mapping a row of pads to a knob or crossfader is not something the Launchpad is designed to do… But that doesn’t mean you cant do it! While the solution I present this week is a bit of a hack and limited in some respects it is an answer to get that precious feedback that can help us get away from the dreaded laptop screen while performing.


  • Malvina and Carabas Barabas

    Bravo ! Bravo! Bravo! Laser smart-sharp, lightning bright-quick, kept amazingly simple. What a great Joy to watch it. It`s like short music masterpiece. “Novation” and ” Apple” should`ve beg U to work 4 them Today . Bravo!
                                    Malvina and Carabas Barabas

  • Anonymous

    Ha ha thanks, I do what I can because I must.

  • Anonymous

    P.S. Open to job offers ;-)

  • Kevin

    Thanks Rupert. I really like your launchpad video’s. I like them so much that I decided to write an e-mail to the Novation sales team and tell them about your great website. I told them that you’ve been a big help for people like me, who use their product. Peace Bro

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Kevin, I am really grateful for your support.

    If you guys really want to help me out I need to grow our audience so
    please pass these videos onto others who would be interested. Dropping
    links in forum threads etc would be really appreciated. 

    Thanks again.

  • sf

    for science!

  • Anonymous

    Well spotted, 10 points.

  • andy condon

    Great vid Rupert as always. I am not totally 100% on this but I think I have read or seen somewhere (or maybe dreamed) that you can use a midi velocity value to change the colour and shade of the pad colour on the Launchpad.

    Andy C

  • federico

    Yeah, that’s true! I can’t remember either where did I learn this from, but I checked that feature some time ago and it worked indeed: using a midi effects > velocity tool within Ableton Live you can set the output midi velocity and that somehow changes the colour and brightness of the pads.
    Actually I dont know if this is going to work even in this case (the colour swap seems to be associated with the loop restart) but it surely woth a try

  • Anonymous

    You may have seen that you can control the colour via velocity on my earlier LED feedback video ;-)

    However what we are doing here is not the normal usage of sending midi
    to the LP out of the same midi channel but exploiting the LP’s
    communication so sadly that trick doesn’t apply, I did think and try the exact same thing though.

  • andy condon

    Whoops sorry, good to at least know I didn’t dream it. For a while now I have been using midikatapult for more advanced launchpad stuff, have you seen it? It can be a bit tricky to set up and the current version is still a work in progress, with a new version apparently being written. But it really opens up the launchpad in a jazz mutant lemur way have a look at Nothing to do with me by the way, just saying.

  • Anonymous

    Sounds interesting, I will check it out.

  • Andrew Fuzzby Bierwiler

    Heya Rupert! Amazing video for the feedback on effects! To change the led light color for the effect from that dull red to say a bright green, put a “velocity” device onto each midi clip used. Then adjust the “Out Hi” until you are satisfied with the color.

  • Anonymous

    Glad you liked it Andrew, saddly the velocity device wont work here as per the comment below.

  • Andrew Fuzzby Bierwiler

    Hmm… well if I find anything out I’ll post it here.

  • Anonymous

    Thanks Andrew, I appreciate your input.

  • iProv

    Hi Rupert, one way to have the dummy clip stay the same color is to set the clip follow action to “play again” this way the clip will stay the same color. Also instead of having to add the extra midi channels, it might be easier to keep the efx rack for the audio on another channel and enter all your dummy clips there. Then you can midi map each clip based on what ever you wish. Hope this is explained clearly, thanks again for the website.

  • Anonymous

    Genius! I never thought of that, thanks heaps for the great tip!

  • Orskiskillz

    Awesome vids, thank you!
    My guess is that LEDs go red because Live is in MIDI overdub mode. clicking the red OVR button at top should end this behavior.

  • Loop

    I found a program called midikatapult.  Check out it will allow you to map out and change the colors of the keys.

  • Anonymous

    Cool, let me know if and why it turns out to be genuinely useful and I might take a look at it on the show. Cheers 

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