OK, I'll start by saying that I'm aware this particular rabbit-hole goes pretty deep! So please don't just link me to a page explaining everything about MIDI! It's a specific problem I have, and I already have a very basic understanding of what MIDI is. However, if I'm really being a dumbass and expecting everything on a plate when alot more research is needed, please don't hesitate to tell me so!
My question is this: I have a 49-key MIDI controller (MPK49) which has, in theory, over 150 separate MIDI inputs. But can I use them in reality to control over 150 different things? And if so, how would I go about setting this up in Ableton Live 8?
My keyboard has:
12 MPC drum pads, each with four "banks", so 48 controls there.
8 faders (x3 banks)
8 buttons (x3 banks)
8 knobs (x3 banks)
= 169 MIDI controls
The way the keyboard looks, you'd think it would be easy-ish to set up the drum pads to do one thing and the keys to do another, but I've come to understand that no matter what the input looks like, it sends the same signals, whether it's a key/pad/fader etc, so the software can't tell the difference. But how come moving faders never interferes with playing the keys, while pressing the drum pads will play a key when I don't want it to? Can I assign the pads to a different "section" of MIDI where it won't interrupt it?
I'm boring myself now, so good luck if you made it this far, and props if you can be of any help!