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X1 - Ableton Live - (as MIDI Fighter for SoundPacks with 2 banks)

Description and Instructions


This mapping changes the 16 buttons at the bottom of the X1 to send MIDI messages similar to the MIDI FIGHTER (3D). This makes it convenient when downloading Mad Zach's Soundpacks as the drum racks will be map nicely onto the X1 without requiring any further effort.

The Ableton Live Packs for the LIVE REMIX CONTESTS have a rack with 32 sounds which map onto 2 banks of 16. This mapping implements 2 banks. Bank 1 is on by default. To switch to the second bank, just press the SHIFT key on the X1. Press it again to change back to the first bank.

In addition to implementing 2 banks of 16 buttons, the LEDs have also been configured to turn on while you press the buttons.

Enjoy :)

How To Install:

To use the Kontrol X1 as a MIDI controller with Ableton or other MIDI software, you need to perform the following steps:

1 Download and install the X1 driver from Native Instruments

2 Download and install the Controller Editor application from Native Instruments

(Each will require Admin password and a reboot.)

Now open Ableton Live.

Live | Preferences | MIDI Sync

Here, choose Traktor Kontrol X1. Enable Track,Sync and Remote. Now you can MIDImap the KNOBS to whatever controls you want in Ableton Live yourself to be saved in your Ableton Live Set.


to map the buttons you must configure the X1 by running the Controller Editor application.

Choose Traktor Kontrol X1, from the drop down and press Connect.

Then, File | Open and select the mapping file supplied here. 

Once the X1 is configured it will work that way until you change the configuration (so you don't need the Controller Editor every time)

It gives you 2 banks of sounds. Switch banks by pressing SHIFT. Note the LEDS light up when you press the buttons!

Problem downloading or other issues? Let us know on the forum.
Comments for v0.1.0
mrenergy over 7 years ago
Hey, I cant get it working, I installed everything, uploaded the config, when i push the buttons, ableton blinks showing it gets midi, but my notes dont play. its just not active.. is it possible that because your config file is old and the controller editor is so new that it does not wants to accept your config?
Artur over 7 years ago
Is there something like this for the X1 Mk2?
dex kent over 9 years ago
This mapping looks ideal for what I am trying to do, but I have a quick question. Is Mad Zach's Soundpack the only bank that can be used with this mapping? Im assuming that I can load the samples of my choice and it won't affect the functionality of the mapping
thebigblaa over 8 years ago

Correct. You can assign whatever sounds you want. Out of the box the MIDI note messages sent correspond to the notes sent from the MIDI FIGHTER controllers.

Jack Lane almost 10 years ago
how do i load the kit into the session view, when i open the file it doesnt load itself into ableton, fairly new to ableton but familiar with mapping and such
thebigblaa almost 10 years ago

Only the mappings configurations are presented here - not the sounds. When you download any of Mad Zach's Soundpacks and unzip them, they will have a .ALS file {Ableton Live Set} (usually stored inside a folder). Double click the .ALS file to open the sounds/instruments in Ableton.

Jack Lane almost 10 years ago

i downloaded some of mad zachs sample packs and when i drag them into the session view the x1 isnt working as a drum pad like in the video, i actually downloaded the same sounds used in the vid above but still having trouble making it work, lemme know if you could help, thanks

Jack Lane almost 10 years ago

and the midi in indicator isnt flashing, indicating that live is receiving midi signals

wonderwood almost 10 years ago

Hi Jack I'm having similar problems, did you manage to sort this issue?

wonderwood almost 10 years ago

I worked it out, thanks.

cristian comito almost 10 years ago
non si può configurare il file perchè non lo salva nel formato giusto! HELP!
thebigblaa almost 10 years ago

The file should be a .ncc I tested in Chrome downloads fine. In Safari, the downloaded file gets renamed with a .XML extension. So, just rename the file (removing the .XML from the end to leave .NCC)

thebigblaa over 9 years ago

Il file deve essere un. Ncc Ho provato in download Chrome fini. In Safari, il file scaricato viene rinominato con estensione. XML. Quindi, basta rinominare il file (rimuovendo il. XML a partire dalla fine di lasciare. NCC)