Plugin Menu & Piano Menu

You can double right click at any time for menus.

There are two menus, the plugin menu and the piano menu.

Plugin Menu

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The plugin menu is a highly customizable collection of shortcuts for the browser. Its contents can be edited in the menuconfig.ini file. When you're done editing your config, hit the reload button to refresh the contents of the menu. This button can be found in the tray on Windows and in the menubar on MacOS.

The plugin menu can be used to add things like instruments, effects, racks and even samples.

  • You can hold control while clicking an item in the plugin menu to invert the autoadd option. This is useful when you want to insert an effect in the middle of an audio effects rack:
    • If you have autoadd set to 1 in settings.ini, holding control will prevent the plugin from being added automatically.
    • If you have autoadd set to 0 in settings.ini, holding control will temporarily allow the plugin to be added automatically.

If the Ableton menu appears alonside the LES menu, don't worry; this is a visual glitch in Live 10.3. You won't actually select two things at the same time when you click on something.

Piano Menu

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The piano menu shows up if the piano roll is detected on screen. If the piano roll detection often fails for you, you can set it to manual mode by editing settings.ini.


  • Piano roll detection is currently impossible on MacOS due to limitations of the automation tools available.
  • The piano roll menu will be stuck in manual mode, where you open it by double right clicking while holding shift.

The piano menu can be used to select stamps.

While holding the piano macro key (~ and ` by default on windows and § by default on MacOS) in the piano roll:

  1. Place notes with one click
  2. Hold down the mouse button to extend (move right/left) and change velocity (move up/down)
  3. Place selected stamp
  4. While holding Shift + Piano Macro, place stamps as many times as you want
    • The selected stamp doesn't get cleared as long as you're holding shift while you're placing stamps.

The piano macro key can be remapped in settings.ini if you have a different keyboard.

The fold chords are a collection of stacked notes that can be used to quickly write simple progressions within a select key. To do this, add a scale to your piano roll and then hit the fold button. You can now stack these "fold" chords everywhere else, and they will always stay in key. The piano roll detection might get confused if you do this however... I would personally opt for the manual piano menu setting if you find yourself using this feature often.

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