Why is Ableton not picking up my MIDI keyboard?

If you’re still having issues, check the following: If using a MIDI controller with a control surface, make sure that you’ve configured it correctly in Live’s MIDI preferences. Check that the correct ports are selected and there is only one Control Surface active for the same controller.

How do I enable MIDI in Ableton?

Ableton Live MIDI keyboard setup

  1. Go to the Options tab, click Preferences, then click the Link/MIDI tab on the left.
  2. Locate your MIDI device in the Input section and turn the Track button to ON to enable it.
  3. Press a key/pad to confirm you’re getting MIDI signal.

How do I use a MIDI input keyboard in Ableton?

Turn on Key mapping by clicking on the Key button in the upper right hand corner of Live or hit Cmd + K (Mac) or Ctrl + K (Windows). Everything that’s mappable will now be displayed in orange. Click on the parameter you want to control, then hit the key on your computer keyboard you want to control it with.

How do I reset MIDI keyboard Ableton?

If you want to delete all manually mapped MIDI controls, go to MIDI mapping mode and click on one control in the browser left, click ctrl+a (or cmd+a for Mac) for selecting all and then backspace or delete, then all is deleted at once.

How do I refresh MIDI devices in Ableton?

Open Ableton Live, click “Options, and open “Preferences”. In the preferences window, click “File Folder”. Hit “Rescan” to rescan plug-ins. Note: You may need to “force rescan”.

How do I reset my MIDI map?

If you’d like to delete a midi assignment press ctrl+m, click the control in question, press delete, press ctrl+m again.

How do I restore Ableton settings?


  1. Close Live.
  2. In Windows Explorer, open this hidden folder (where x.x.x is the installed version of Live, eg. 10.1.30): Users\[username]\AppData\Roaming\Ableton\Live x.x.x\Preferences.
  3. Delete Preferences. cfg, Undo folder (in Live 9 this is Undo. cfg) and Template.
  4. Close and relaunch Live.