MIDI Remote Script to control the currently selected track in Ableton Live with common MIDI messages.
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Selected Track Control for Ableton Live

Current version is 1.3.6 – released July 25, 2014.
Compatible with Live 7,8 and 9

Control the currently selected track via common MIDI messages

Selected Track Control is a MIDI Remote Script for Ableton Live, that gives access to common settings of the currently selected track (arm, mute, solo, volume, pan, etc.) as well as the currently selected device (on/off, parameters, banks) via common MIDI messages. Furthermore some global controls are instantly mapped as well, so no manual configuration of the Live-set is necessary and these mappings are instantly available to older Live-sets as well.

Among the mapped functionality is:

  • arm (record-enable), solo and mute the selected track
  • control volume, pan and send 1-4 of the selected track
  • toggle monitoring from On, In, Off the selected track
  • toggle metronom, overdub, punch-in, punch-out, record without having to manually assign them
  • in-/decrease tempo
  • navigate session-view without it having focus (up/down, left/right, first/last)
  • launch scenes and clips (next/previous, next/previous available)

For full reference see MIDI Implementation Chart.

Note: There is an accompanying app for Mac OS X called App-Icon Kimidi. This app transforms global keyboard shortcuts into MIDI messages, which are sent to Ableton Live (and this MIDI Remote Script) on a virtual MIDI-port (created by the app automatically itself). This allows instant keyboard-control of lots of features in Ableton Live that either would require prior, manual configuration of each Live-set or aren't possible at all (such as using the same keyboard shortcut for e.g. the mute button – but always on the selected track).

More information and the app itself can be found on the project’s homepage.


This work is licensed under the "Simplified BSD License" / "FreeBSD License" see License.txt

The previous CC Attribution license did not make sense. I made this software, so you can use it, do whatever you want to it and especially have fun with it! To be nice: if you make something with it, let me know!

System Requirements

Ableton Live 7 (some features require 8 or 9)


Either download the zip from http://stc.wiffbi.com/ and unzip or get the source from github.

  1. Stop Live if it is running.

  2. Add Selected_Track_Control to Ableton Live's MIDI Remote Scripts

    The folder Selected_Track_Control contains the MIDI Remote Script. To install, open Finder and locate the Ableton Live-application, right click on Live and choose show package contents. In there go to the folder Contents/App-Resources/MIDI Remote Scripts/ and move the folder Selected_Track_Control in there.

  3. Start Live.

  4. Enable Selected Track Control as a Control Surface in Live

    In Live’s Preferences go to the MIDI Sync tab and select Selected Track Control in the dropdown list of available Control Surfaces. As MIDI Input select your controller’s MIDI-port. A MIDI Output is not needed.

Customize MIDI messages

The MIDI message, which Selected Track Control reacts upon, are defined in settings.py

You can change them there to match your needs, but be careful not to use the same note- or CC-number twice as this might result in unexpected behaviour.


Version 1.3.6 (released July 25, 2014)

Added Live 9 features

  • toggle arrangement_overdub with Note(117)
  • toggle session_automation_record with Note(118)

Version 1.3.5 (released Nov 4, 2013)

Added arm flip (Note 115) Added solo flip (Note 116)

Version 1.3.4 (released Oct 31, 2013)

Added lock to device via MIDI (through GUI was always possible) Added re-enable automation Added nudge tempo Added global groove amount

Version 1.3.3 (released Oct 21, 2013)

Added compatibility for clip launch modes (especially "Gate")

Version 1.3.2 (released Aug 9, 2013)

Fixed blue-hand for initial device selection

Version 1.3.1 (released Aug 8, 2013)

Fixed blue-hand when changing tracks - it is now always the selected device

Version 1.3.0 (released Aug 7, 2013)

Added Live 9 API-features such as create/duplicate/delete clip/track/scene

Version 1.2.9 (released May 15, 2013)

Added compatibility for Live 9

Version 1.2.8 (released Sept 26, 2012)

Added dedicated tart, stop and continue-playing commands - this is useful for e.g. hitting stop 3 times in row for MIDI panic functionality
Fixed scrub/rewind bug

Version 1.2.7 (released Mar 14, 2012)

Added select scene/track by number directly by MIDI value
Added toggle selected clipslot play/stop

Version 1.2.6 (released Feb 7, 2012)

Added support for back-to-arranger button.

Version 1.2.5 (released Nov 18, 2011)

Added toggle to fold/unfold automation lane in Arrangement.

Version 1.2.4 (released Nov 14, 2011)

Added crossfader assignment and control. Added cue volume. Fixed tracks navigation when group track is folded.

Version 1.2.3 (released Sept 29, 2011)

Added notes and absolute MIDI CC triggers for quantization control

Version 1.2.2 (released Sept 27, 2011)

Added quantization control - control MIDI recording quantization and clip launch quantization via MIDI.

Version 1.2.1 (released Aug 17, 2011)

Added View control - select which main views are visible in the GUI (Browser, Session/Arrangement, Detail Clip/Devices) Added ParamSetter for custom Device-handlers. Currently only Looper has a custom handler for its "State"-parameter. Note though, that Looper’s API support is very limited. Using Looper via MIDI Remote Scripts is only useful if you are already in play mode (so no set-tempo functionality) and if you record for a predefined length.

Version 1.2 (released Aug 8, 2011)

Added Device selection and control

Version 1.1.8 (released Jun 22, 2011)

Auto-arm track on selection now works when using the mouse! Added scrubbing in Arrangement-View as well as select playing clip-slot in Session-View.

Version 1.1.7 (released Jun 16, 2011)

made CCs for toggled elements behave like Note (so ignore zero-values) – this is useful for pad-controllers, that also send CCs like the LPD8. improved auto-arm on selection if STC.app is used – thanks to new MIDI-loopback functionality in STC.app, auto-arm now works when selecting the track via mouse too! As a default has_midi_loopback is deactivated.

Version 1.1.6 (released Apr 21, 2011)

added global DEFAULT_CHANNEL to easily make STC listen on another MIDI channel

Version 1.1.5 (released Apr 14, 2011)

made settings optional (so you don’t have to define all controls for Live – useful if you use STC for your own MIDI controller)

Version 1.1.4 (released Mar, 2011)

no changes, just matching release number for Selected Track Control.app (which added support for only being active when Live is front-most app)

Version 1.1.3 (released Feb 19, 2011)

Fixed and added some global controls (play/pause/play selection as well as undo/redo), added stop-controls to selected and all tracks

Version 1.1.2 (released Feb 18, 2011)

Improved Session-Navigation:

  • Walk through tracks/scenes via MIDI Note-events (Notes 82-85)
  • Navigate tracks/scenes with absolut MIDI CC (tracks/scenes are distributed evenly across the whole range of 0-127)

Version 1.1.1 (released Feb 17, 2011)

Small bugfix concerning absolute MIDI CC controlling volume, pan, etc.

Version 1.1 (released Feb 16, 2011)

Added several new features such as:

  • Auto-arm on selection arms a track automatically when selected through STC
  • Solo kill deactivates any active soloing on any track independent of the track your on
  • Mute flip mutes active tracks and unmutes muted tracks
  • Tap Tempo (Live 8 only) instantly mapped – no previous manual mapping required

Made STC more versatile by supporting a wider range of MIDI commands (use it with your own MIDI controller!)

  • Support for absolute and relative MIDI CC values (7-bit only) – no more rel2comp-bindings; feel free to use STC with your custom MIDI controller! Some default MIDI CC bindings already pre-defined – for more info see MIDI Implementation Chart
  • Unlimited sends – control effect-level to as many sends as you need, you are only limited by your MIDI controller (using keyboard shortcuts only sends 1-4 are available)

Version 1.0.1 (released June 7, 2010)

This is a maintenance release. The following items were fixed and/or added:

  • fixed panning issue (panning left was broken)
  • added version numbers and changelog

Version 1.0 (released May 28, 2010)

First public release.