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Poly.1 Setup in Ableton Live 9

In this article we are going to prepare a Poly.1 (Poly One) setup in Ableton Live 9 using the virtual analogue synth Diva by u-he. These instructions will work for 4, 5, and 6-string Fretsense™ instruments.

MIDI MODE 'Poly.1' is a simple mode that enables polyphonic performance using a single MIDI channel and synth. It is not possible to slide notes using this mode and pitch bend is across all strings. Poly.1 is great for quickly auditioning synth sounds polyphonically without the need for a complicated backend composed of multiple MIDI channels and synths.

NOTE: The MIDI MODE parameter was called MIDI SEND on all bass firmware revisions prior to x.18.

Ableton Live Settings

  1. Insert a new MIDI track within Live.
  2. Insert Diva into the MIDI track.
  3. Set MIDI From to 'Ch. 1'.

Instrument Settings

  1. Set MIDI MODE on the guitar or bass to 'Poly.1'.
  2. Set MIDI OUT to 1.

NOTE: In this article we have set the bass to send on MIDI channel 1 and for the MIDI track in Live, which contains the synth, to receive on MIDI channel 1. This channel can, in fact, be any one of the 16 available MIDI channels just as long as the MIDI channel numbers match.

u-he Diva Settings

Diva now needs to be configured correctly.

  1. Set the Mode to 'poly'.

  1. On the TUNING section set both parameters Up and Down to '2'. This confines the pitch bend range of the synth to +/-2 semitones which mirrors the bend range of the actual string.

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