Tutorial: How to MIDI Map LED Lights w/ Ableton Live + DMXis

In this new video tutorial, Dubspot instructor Josh Bess goes under the hood of his live performance setup and shows you how to control visual lighting with Ableton Live by using a MIDI to DMX connection.

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I like to do more than just music with my live shows, specifically by adding live visuals and lighting performance that is synced to my music. The way I achieve this is by sending Ableton Live’s MIDI out data to DMXis, which controls LED lighting that I have set up on stage. I think it’s great that one person can now perform live on stage with one computer to control both their music and visual lighting in one compact system. In this video I will explain how to manually edit your lighting movement within Ableton Live, as well as recording lighting movement in real time to create your own audio / visual performances. – Josh Bess


Josh Bess is an Ableton Certified Trainer, electronic music producer, and Dubspot instructor. You can hear Josh’s music and find out more about him at JoshBess.net.

Music Production w/ Ableton Live

From the studio to the stage, learn to use Ableton Live to create, record, produce, and perform your music. Learn about linear and improvisational styles of producing electronic music as we help you master the software’s innovative interface.

After completing this program, you will leave with four completed tracks (an EP), a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

Music Production w/ Ableton Live start dates:

NYC COURSES
Morning Classes: April 29, 2013; Mon, Tue, Thur, Fri, 10:15am-1pm
Evening Classes: May 1, 2013; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:15pm-9pm
Weekend Classes: June 2, 2013; Sundays, 1:00-6pm

ONLINE COURSES in session with seats still available. Register today!

What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Shake Hands with Live
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Completing Your First Track
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Production Essentials
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Sound Design & Instrumentation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Composition & Production
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Taking Your EP Global
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If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


Visual Performance Program

In this program you will explore the role of the visualist and prepare for the challenges you may face in a live show, while learning the basics of performing, producing, and manipulating visual content. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the history of visual performance, referencing the history of the performing arts and expanded cinema.

Check out our Visual Performance video tutorials: introduction to VDMX, how to synchronize audio with video, and performing with live visuals.

Visual Performance Program start dates:

July 20th, 2013 in NYC – Saturdays, 4:15–7:00pm
December 7th, 2013 in NYC – Saturdays, 4:15–7:00pm

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If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.

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