Have you recently purchased the M Audio Oxygen Pro mini and want to figure out how to use it with Ableton Live Lite 11? If so, you’re not alone! In this blog post, we will go over some of the essential functions and tips that I have learned while working with this keyboard.
One of the primary things to keep in mind is to connect the keyboard before starting Ableton. Once connected, you will see a red bar above the clips that you have pre-recorded or are going to record. This bar is a selector that helps you play or record the clips. You can scroll up and down with the red selector, and the channels that are armed and ready to play will be yellow.
The arming of these channels is done through the four buttons under the sliders, which also control the output volume of each channel.
The pads on the keyboard also have different functions. The white pads stop the playing when a channel has nothing, and the black channels are armed and ready to record. The play and record buttons work as expected.
If you want to play all channels together, you can use the Pad Bank button. This button plays all the channels in that row. And to clear the clips that are playing, press the Pat Bank button again. If you want to play the second row of clips, scroll down with the knob, select the second row, and start playing.
The knobs on the keyboard can control channel parameters or sends, depending on how you set them up. Just select the channel you want to control, and start using the knobs to adjust the parameters. Since there are 4 knob you will only be able to control 4 parameters of the instrument, or the 4 channels selected by the red selector.
The back and forward buttons or the bank left and bank right keys move the selector square, allowing you to select different channels.
Remember that the keyboard has a global mode function too. Turning it off will allow you to use the ARP or the latch mode. These functions are useful for live looping and recording as they give you shortcuts to control Ableton from your keyboard, saving you time and effort.
In conclusion, the M Audio Oxygen Pro mini is a pretty capable keyboard that can do a lot of things, but not all of them are well documented. With these tips and functions, you can get started with your Ableton Live Lite 11, and start making music the way you want to.