Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck: ‘Did You Know’ Pt 12 – How to Create Uppercase Key Mapping

Dubspot instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer, and electronic musician Thavius Beck returns with a brand-new season of Did You Know? We launched the series back in January, and for eight consecutive Mondays, Thavius shared invaluable production advice, tips, tricks, and techniques and examined some of the less explored and slightly hidden features in Ableton Live. In this episode, Thavius reveals a very useful tip for Live users; he shows you how to keymap capital letters, which means that each letter on your computer keyboard can have two assignments!

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This week’s episode of Did You Know? will reveal a very simple feature that isn’t necessarily a game changer or something many people will use extensively, but it perfectly fits the idea of what this series has set out to achieve, which is sharing certain aspects of Live that many people may have not known about in the past.  This week’s feature was certainly new to me when I discovered it, the ability to use Case Sensitive Key Mapping.

So what exactly does that mean?  It means that we can not only key map lowercase letters to control certain parameters in Live, but we can also map capital letters too.  This means that people who don’t have a MIDI controller but do have a keyboard (or possibly two keyboards with one perpetually on CAPS LOCK) can nearly double the amount of parameters they can control with their fingertips.

All you need to do if you want to key map a capital letter is turn on CAPS LOCK (or press and hold SHIFT while pressing the letter, which would have probably been a better method for this video) before key mapping it, and you will see a capital letter show up on the key mapping screen on the left.  It’s as simple as that.

Now, if you want to press the capital letter to tweak the parameter you’ve mapped it to, all you have to do is either press and hold SHIFT while pressing the letter, or enable CAPS LOCK.  Just make sure you keep track of what is mapped to what.

I can imagine someone with two old school PC keyboards (one with caps lock on and one with it off) playing the most epic set in the world using this technique…  a man can dream, can’t he?  Haha! Have fun, and see you next week! – Thavius Beck

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