so that I can put notes on the Ableton interface directly with my keyboard.

As in adding rectangles (you know what i mean) directly on this interface

BTW I have full version of Live 9 Lite on Windows 10, and the keyboard is an Alesis V49.

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    What model exactly is the keyboard? There is at least both a V49 and a Q49 version. Usually you plug it into your computer via USB, then add it via system settings (OSX), JACK (Linux, OSX) or in the settings of your DAW of choice.
    – user43681
    Nov 19, 2017 at 8:48
  • It's an Alesis v49 Nov 20, 2017 at 4:38
  • I'm using Windows 10 Nov 20, 2017 at 4:38
  • I heard a keyboardist mention recently that he uses a MIDI-to-USB cable as that can eliminate the need to download and install drivers for each different keyboard. (He travels to many different churches, and just brings the laptop + audio interface) Jan 19, 2018 at 17:20

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The manufacturer will let you download drivers from their site. After installing the appropriate software your DAW should recognize the controller automatically. (I'm not sure, since i don't use windows, your specific keyboard, or Ableton.)


Some more instructions at this website ( http://www.alesis.com/kb/article/2046 ) . Basically, after plugging into USB, you need to choose the keboard as input in Ableton preferences.

Then you create a MIDI instrument track to "accept" that input.

I am typing this without having Ableton in front of me. I could verify those steps later, but I think that this will help you get started.

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