Keyboard Shortcuts

These are all the keyboard shortcuts currently included in LES:

Close Plugin Ctrl + w

Ctrl + w will close the currently selected plugin window This is different from Ctrl + Alt + P because it doesn't just hide the window, it fully closes it.

Close all Plugin Windows Ctrl + alt + w

Ctrl + alt + w or Ctrl + Escape closes all currently open plugin windows. This can be used to clean up window clutter instantly, especially when loading racks with many VSTs in them.

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Disable Midi Clip Loop Cmd + Shift + M

Using the Cmd + Shift +M keyboard shortcut will create midi clips that instantly consolidate themselves, which will turn off the loop button for clips created using the command.

New Version Duplicate Ctrl + Alt + S (default)

Duplicates the project and saves it as a new version with an automatic versioning scheme similar to the one used in FL Studio ([project name]_[iteration]) LES will never overwrite anything without asking. Manual edits such as _2.5 and _2b (both will count up to 3 when using the shortcut) are also supported.

Absolute Paste / Duplicate

Absolute replace prevents the merging of whatever you're pasting with what's already there. This means you can copy and duplicate selections while keeping the "non-clip areas" empty.

  • Ctrl + alt + D to overwrite new duplication area completely
  • Ctrl + alt + V to overwrite new paste area completely

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This feature is only available in arrangement view.

If Cmd + Alt + D makes the dock show up/hide on MacOS, disable the built in dock hiding shortcut under System Preferences/Keyboard Settings. Alternatively, it is possible to force map it to Ctrl rather than Command in the settings.ini configuration file.

Buplicate Ctrl + B

Use this shortcut to duplicate a single initial clip in blocks of 8

Clear Track Contents Alt + X

Use Alt + X while hovering over a track to clear all of its contents. (It instantly selects the correct context menu item, and then deletes) This can be useful when you're duplicating a bunch of tracks and you don't want the duplicated tracks to have any contents in it. This feature is not intended to be used on groups, as it will select a random context menu item and show unintended behavior.

Set Clip Colour Alt + C

Use Alt + C while hovering over a track to set the clips to the track colour. (It instantly selects the correcrt right click menu) Might be useful if you want to recolour a bunch of tracks in different groups, or if you're working with stems. This feature is not intended to be used on groups, as it will select a random context menu item and show unintended behavior.

Create Arrangement Locator Right Shift + L or Right Alt + L

Right Shift + L will create a playlist locator instantly, which allows you to easily set locators while listening to the track. This command can be remapped to alt + L in settings.ini. This might be the default depending on if your settings.ini is from 1.2 or not.

Envelope Section Alt + E

Press Alt + E in the piano roll to select the envelope section Live Enhancement Suite automates clicking the button, so you never have to take your attention away from the piano roll.


  • This only works on Live 10.
  • This only works if the helper box is closed shift + ?

Quick Delete double 0

Double tap 0 to delete. This is cool if you don't have a delete key. Alternatively you could map the 0 key to your mouse using external software and mute/delete clips with the same button.

Better Redo Ctrl + Shift + Z

Ctrl + Shift + Z can be used to redo in addition to the default Ctrl + Y shortcut, which streamlines the redo shortcuts between the Mac and Windows versions of Live.

Middle Click Panning Middle Mouse Button windows only

LES maps left click + ctrl + alt to the middle mouse button, making panning around the playlist, browser, etc. effortless.

VST Shortcuts

There are a variety of new shortcuts in LES 1.3 that have been made to improve the UI's of certain VST plugins. Please keep in mind that these shortcuts only activate when the plugin UI is focussed.

  • Use the number keys 1-4 to select the "OSC", "FX", "Matrix", "Global" tabs in xFer Serum.

  • Use the number keys 1-2 to select the A/B tab in Sylenth1 by Lennardigital.

  • Ctrl + Z, Ctrl + Shift + Z, Ctrl + Y, click the undo and redo buttons in Fabfilter Pro-Q 3 and Sonic Academy Kick 2. This fixes the problem where hitting undo doesn't properly undo your changes in these plugins. (This undo function only works in the vst2 version of pro-q 3, or the vst3 without any custom scale applied.)

  • Hidden Macros for Kilohearts Phase Plant can be enabled on the windows version by using the cheat "kilohearts". The shortcuts are unstable and are therefore disabled by default. The cheat menu can be accessed by hitting both shift keys in Live with enabledebug set to 1 in settings.ini. Alt + A to add an analog oscillator Alt + N to add a noise oscillator Alt + S to add a sample oscillator Alt + W to add a wavetable oscillator Alt + D to add a distortion oscillator Alt + F to add a filter oscillator Alt + O to add an output. Alt + L to add an LFO

Pause LES Ctrl + F1 or Cmd + Shift + 1

Use this shortcut to temporarily disable all LES shortcuts. You can do this just in case any of the macros interfere with whatever you're trying to do.

Last Updated: 2/1/2021, 10:36:29 AM