Testing out HD 500 as a midi controller Abelton Live
Well for the last 4 weeks I've been trying out different approaches for triggering tracks in live musical settings. I've tried 3 midi foot controllers including Native Instrument's Guitar Rig Kontrol 3, Apogee Gio, and Line6's HD 500 (mostly because I already owned them). The first 2 pedals transmit midi via USB while the HD500 requires a traditional midi cable.
Regarding software, I've tried Logic Pro X, MainStage 3 and Ableton Live 9. Each have some unique reasons someone might want to use one over the other. I really like the customizability MainStage 3 offers. For now, based on a few different data points, I've jumped on the band wagon and landed on Abelton.
Tomorrow I'm looking forward to trying out some midi mapping on my HD500. Within the POD editor I set foot switches Fs1-Fs4 to send signals to Abelton Live. They control basic functions like start/stop, click on/off, and patch select. I decided to keep the bottom foot switches for turning on/off FX pedals within the POD.
If this set up works, the real win is that I can lug around just one foot pedal for all my guitar sounds as well as triggering tracks.