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This guide will show you how to setup and play the M-Audio Key Rig software (included with the KeyRig 25 and KeyRig 49 keyboards) as a VST plug-in with Ableton Live Lite*. This setup will allow you to take advantage of Live Lite's recording capabilities and built-in effects.
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1. Launch Ableton Live Lite.
2. Go to the Options Menu, click "Preferences...", then click the Audio Tab.
3. If you do not have an ASIO compatible sound card, select "MME/DirectX" as the driver type, then select your sound card for the Audio Input and Output Devices. You may see multiple choices for your sound card; and if one ends with "DX", that is the recommended device to use.
4. Also on the Audio Tab are the settings for Latency and Buffer Size. Latency is the delay between MIDI input and the output of the actual sound. The lower the Buffer Size, the lower the latency.
5. You can adjust the Buffer Sizes by clicking the box, typing in a new number, and pressing Enter on your keyboard. 512 Samples is a good place to start, though these Buffer sizes may be lowered, but depending on your system, they may need to be increased to eliminate pops and clicks.
6. Click the MIDI/Sync Tab.
7. Verify that your KeyRig keyboard* is recognized as a MIDI Input Port and that "Track" is turned ON, then close Live's Preferences.
* You will see USB Audio Device if the KeyRig 25/49 keyboard is in Class-compliant (no driver) mode. If no device appears under "MIDI Ports", quit Live Lite, disconnect the keyboard from the computer, and reinstall the drivers.
8. Click on Live's plug-in browser. If M-Audio Key Rig already appears, skip ahead to Step 12.
9. Click "Activate" and Live's File/Folder Preferences will open.
10. Under Plug-In Sources, click "Off" to browse for and activate your VST Plug-in Custom Folder.
11. KeyRig's default installation location is C:\Program Files\Steinberg\VSTPlugins, select this folder and click OK. If you installed the plug-in to a different folder, locate and select that folder.
12. Close Live's Preferences and M-Audio Key Rig, along with any other installed VST Plug-ins, will appear in Live's Plug-in Browser.
13. Click on the "Track Title Bar" of the "2 MIDI" track to select it.
14. Double click "M-Audio Key Rig" from Live's Plug-in Browser (pictured above).
The M-Audio Key Rig interface will open, and an "M-Audio Key Rig" device box will appear at the bottom of the screen (pictured above).
Note: If you are prompted to certify Key Rig, install the Key Rig Updater; if you have done this and are still asked to certify Key Rig, see this FAQ.
15. Click the "Arm Session Recording" button on the Midi Track.
16. Pressing keys on your M-Audio KeyRig 49 keyboard will now trigger the SP-1 Stage Piano instrument in the Key Rig software plug-in.
The meters will light up indicating that audio is playing and you will hear this through your speakers or headphones.
The SP-1 Stage Piano is the only instrument that can be played from this track. To play the other instruments in Key Rig, choose Insert MIDI Track from the Insert Menu. Go to the View Menu and make sure In/Out is checked. Go to the MIDI To section of the new MIDI track, click to change No Output to M-Audio Key Rig. In the box below that, choose a MIDI Channel from 2-16. With the track record armed you will be able to play the instrument on the selected MIDI Channel.
For more information on recording with Ableton Live Lite refer to "Chapter 14: Recording New Clips" in the Ableton Live Reference Manual. The Live manual can be accessed by going to the Help Menu in Live and clicking "Read the Live Manual...".
Ableton Live Lite includes several lessons that cover recording, editing, effects, and more; these can be accessed from the Help Menu in Live.