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SONG:MODE by KB Live Solutions

A new way to perform your Live Set


SONG:MODE is a Control Surface Script for Ableton Live 10 that lets you use your Push 1 or 2  in the most efficient way, making it possible to have your whole set on a single page.Add (SONG1), (SONG2) etc. to your scene names and the top half of the Push allows you to select each song and have the bottom half represent the scenes within each song.
COMPATIBILITY: Ableton Live 10 / 11
Min. Requirements: Push One, Push TWO, LaunchPad MKII, MINI MK3, X & Live 10.1
SONG MODE for the Ableton Push and Novation Launchpad
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    1. Nick Cafiero (verified owner)

      Basically, if you want to use arrangement mode live with a Push 1 or 2 you need this script. It’s almost crazy that this hasn’t been included in the original version of the controller. For me, it vastly increases the utility of the Push 2 and makes it viable to play all forms of Ableton sets live. User mode on my push was basically worthless until I got this add-on.

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    Our Products are generally provided as Zip file downloads which in all cases will need to be extracted and saved to your hard drive prior to installation. Details on the different file type provided and what to do with them are below.

    .alp Files – These are Ableton Live Packs and will install directly into the Packs Section of the browser of Ableton Live. When you double click on them you will see a pop up window asking you to confirm that installation is ok as the files are described as “Legacy”. This is fine and you are ok to proceed, the packs are created using the format for an earlier version of Live and so remain compatible with the current version.

    .amxd files – These are individual MaxforLive Devices and can be stored anywhere on your hard drive. We’d advise creating a folder for them and then adding that folder as a location within the Places section of Lives Browser.

    Control Surface Scripts – Please refer to the individual User Guides provided with your download, an abridged version of the installation will be shown further down this page.

    ClyphX Pro – Please refer directly to the manual and installation video for this specific product.

    Novation Circuit Packs – These are provided as individual Sysex Files and as a complete bank file. All are to be installed using a version of the Circuit Editor and not via Novations Components back up utility.


    V2 – Released 18/5/2020

    SONGMODE 2.0 Changelog

    V1 – Released 2/2/2020

    • Initial release

    SONG:MODE by KB Live Solutions


    SONG:MODE is so simple and effective it should become the mainstay of your Live performance. As your Live set naturally grows the navigation around it and keeping track of your songs starts to become a challenge of a multitude of button presses to locate and trigger your next song. With SONG:MODE your next song is literally one button press away.

    With the launch of SONG:MODE V2 we’ve extended the usage of the script in two ways, first up the new functionality working in both SESSION and ARRANGEMENT views, secondly for each view there are two separate working modes, SIMPLE & ADVANCED:

    • The “Simple” layout is very straightforward, with 1 Pad = 1 Scene or Marker, and works straight out of the box.
    • The “Advanced” layout allows you to group Scenes or Markers into “Songs”, as this was already the case on SONG:MODE 1.0.
    • Other new features:
      • Toggle between Arrangement and Session views from the controller
      • Set a Loop in Arrangement by holding several pads, toggle the Loop from the controller
      • Add colors to Markers, Scenes or Songs directly from the controller
      • “Safe/Restart” function to always launch playback from the last position or in case of accident
      •  When adding (STOP) to a Marker or Scene’s name, Live will stop
      • Stop All Clips / Back to Arrangement button
      • Arrangement Record (Only for Push 1 & 2 and Launchpad X)
      • Improved the way SONG:MODE is activated on Launchpad Mini MK3 and Launchpad X


    Select the Song Mode LaunchPad script applicable to your controller in the Control Surface section of Lives preferences and assign the LaunchPad to its input and output. Then to activate SONG:MODE you simply press the User/Custom button.


    Select the Song Mode Push script applicable to your controller in the Control Surface section of Lives preferences and assign the Push User Ports to its input and output. Then to activate SONG:MODE you simply press the User button.


    All the Scenes and Markers are accessible directly from the Controller, and they are automatically detected.

    In Arrangement view,  you can add Markers by pressing the New button, and set a Loop by holding the Marker’s pads.

    You can assign colors to pads (both for Markers and Scenes) directly from the controller.


    Advanced layout allows you to group several Scenes or Markers into virtual “SONGS”.

    Once set up, the top half of the pad matrix of your LaunchPad lets you select a SONG, and then the bottom half will display and launch the Scenes that belong to this SONG. The selected SONG will blink, the playing SONG and Scene will blink in Green.

    To add a Scene to a specific SONG, you just need to add (SONG#) somewhere in the name of the Scene or Marker, where # is the song number. Eg. (SONG1), (SONG2),…

    There are 3 ways to do that :

    1. You can directly rename the Scene / MarkerYou can select the Scene in Live, then hold the top right scene launch button and press the target SONG’s pad
    2. You can use the Max For Live device (see below)
    3. The pads take the Scene’s color; the first Scene or Locator will give its color to the SONG’s pad. You can change the colors from the controller itself.

    The other Modes of the LaunchPad are still available, simply press any other Mode button to exit SONG:MODE* on the LaunchPad or the User Button once more on the Push

    Other buttons :

    If your Ableton Live set contains more than 32 Songs, the upper Up/Down arrows will let you navigate through the list, and if one Song contains more than 32 Scenes or Locators, you can scroll through it by using the upper Left/Right arrows.

    • If you hold the third Scene Launch button and press a Scene pad, the (SONG#) tag will be removed from its name, and thus, the Scene will be removed from the corresponding SONG.
    • The fourth Scene Launch button toggles the Arrangement Loop button
    • The fifth Scene Launch button activates the “Stop All Clips” button, pressing it while holding Shift will activate “Back To Arrangement”
    • The sixth Scene Launch button starts and stops Live’s playback.
    • The seventh Scene Launch button  (“Safe/Restart”) launches playback from the last start position


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