In this page, we’ll be looking at the basics of getting Dubler setup with Ableton.
First, make sure that you have the Dubler application open, and check that the Dubler mic is connected. The Vochlea logo at the top of the application will light up green if the mic is connected.
Once this is done, open Ableton Live’s Preferences → Link MIDI. In the MIDI Ports section make sure the Track and Remote switch is set to On for the Dubler input port. This will enable MIDI mapping of the CC dials later on. Click here to learn about MIDI mapping in Ableton.
You can now exit Preferences. On the channel for the instrument, you want to control select Dubler in the MIDI From drop-down menu.
Below this, you can choose the MIDI channel(s) you want to use to control this instrument.
Initially, this will be set to “All Channels”.
When ‘All Channels’ is selected the instrument will receive both Pitch and Trigger information from Dubler. This can cause confusion and you will probably want to instead select either Pitch or Triggers to control the instrument.
You can do this by selecting a specific input MIDI channel for the instrument.
By default we use:
Channel 1 for PITCH information
Channel 10 for TRIGGER information
Make sure the track is armed, and Dubler is now ready to use!
Audio Settings in Ableton
There are various settings you can change in Ableton that affect the experience of using the software. For a better understanding of this check out the Ableton support pages here.
For use with Dubler, one of the most important behaviours is audio latency. You can read more about latency and Dubler here.
If you are experiencing long latency using Dubler with Ableton, the first place to look is the Ableton audio settings:
Live → Preferences → Audio
Changing the buffer size and the audio output will affect the latency. Ableton calculates their output latency for the selected settings.
Buffer size of 256 samples
Audio output: Built-in output (using built-in speakers on MacBook)
Resulting in 17ms latency
Buffer size of 128 samples
Audio output: Built-in output (using headphones on a MacBook)
Resulting in 5.3ms latency
Reducing the buffer size can ultimately risk audio quality, so we recommend a bit of experimenting with your setup to get the best low latency settings for your device.