Akai EIE & EIE Pro - Setup with Ableton

akai ableton logo mainThis guide is a basic overview on how to setup your EIE/EIE Pro in Ableton Live Lite, and Ableton Live. These steps will work with most versions of Ableton, although we are using Ableton Live 9 as the example in this walkthrough.

Contents

  1. EIE - Ableton Setup
  2. EIE Pro - Ableton Setup
  3. EIE & EIE Pro Additional Tips
  4. Technical Support & Warranty Information

     

EIE - Ableton Setup

  1. Let's get started by connecting your EIE to the computer, and powering it on using the included power supply.
     
    • If you are a Windows user, we will also need to download and install ASIO4ALL. You can obtain this by clicking here.
       
  2. Open Ableton.
     
  3. First, we need to make Ableton aware of the interface.  Go to the Preferences screen.
    • Windows
      Go to Options > Preferences

      pref-win
       
    • Mac
      Go to Live > Preferences

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  4. Click on the Audio tab if it is not already selected.

    audio-tab
     
  5. From here, set the Driver Type and Audio Device accordingly. There are some additional steps we will need to walk through if you are a Windows user.
    • Windows
      Driver Type: ASIO
      Audio Device: ASIO4ALL v2

      eie-device-win
       
    1. Once you have the device selected, we need to configure ASIO4ALL. Click on Hardware Setup.
       
    2. The ASIO4ALL Control Panel should appear. Click the wrench icon in the bottom right to see the advanced settings.
       
    3. Activate the EIE, and de-activate any other devices, by clicking the button circled in red below for each device.

      asio
       
    4. Close the ASIO4ALL Control Panel.
       
    • Mac
      Driver Type: CoreAudio
      Audio Input Device: EIE (4 in, 4 out)
      Audio Output Device: EIE (4 in, 4 out)

      eie-device-mac
       
  6. Now we need to activate each input and output.
     
    1. Click Input Config.
    2. Highlight all options, click OK.

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    3. Click Output Config.
    4. Highlight all options, click OK.

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  7. Close the Preferences window.

Your EIE is now activated in Ableton! If you need some additional information on how to select specific inputs or outputs, click here.

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EIE Pro - Ableton Setup

  1. First, you must be sure to install the latest drivers for your operating system. To obtain the latest drivers, visit the Docs & Downloads section of the EIE Pro product page.
     
  2. Next, connect your EIE Pro to the computer, and power it on using the included power supply.
     
  3. Open Ableton.
     
  4. First, we need to make Ableton aware of the interface. Go to the Preferences screen.
    • Windows
      Go to Options > Preferences.

      pref-win
       
    • Mac
      Go to Live > Preferences.

      pref-mac
       
  5. Click on the Audio tab if it is not already selected.

    audio-tab
     
  6. From here, set the Driver Type and Audio Device accordingly.
     
    • Windows
      Driver Type: ASIO
      Audio Device: Akai EIE Pro ASIO Driver

      device-win
       
    • Mac
      Driver Type: CoreAudio
      Audio Input Device: EIE Pro (4 in, 4 out)
      Audio Output Device: EIE Pro (4 in, 4 out)

      device-mac
       
  7. Now we need to activate each input and output.
     
    1. Click Input Config.
    2. Highlight all options, click OK.

      in-config
       
    3. Click Output Config.
    4. Highlight all options, click OK.

      out-config
       
  8. Close the Preferences Window.

Your EIE Pro is now activated in Ableton! If you need some additional information on how to select specific inputs or outputs, click here.

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EIE & EIE Pro - Additional Tips

In this section, we will briefly cover selecting specific inputs for Audio tracks, and selecting different outputs for the Master.

Input Selection
  1. First, make sure that Ableton is showing you the I/O settings. You can turn this on by clicking the I/O button next to the Master track on the right side of Ableton.

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  2. Now you should see some additional options for both Audio and MIDI tracks appear.
     
  3. With the EIE and EIE Pro, you can choose to have each input go to separate tracks.
     
  4. At the bottom of each track, you will see Audio From set to Ext. In. This is your EIE or EIE Pro. Below that field, you will notice another drop-down menu. This setting allows you to choose different configurations of inputs to the track you are working with. The numbers here relate to the numbers on the input jacks.

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  5. Once you make a selection, that track will only pick up the audio signal from the inputs you have selected.
 
Master Output Selection
  1. First, make sure that Ableton is showing you the I/O settings. You can turn this on by clicking the I/O button next to the Master track on the right side of Ableton.

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  2. Now you should see some additional options for both Audio and MIDI tracks appear.
     
  3. The EIE and EIE Pro both have 4 outputs for many different purposes. if you are looking to have your EIE output to something other than the default 1/2, you can adjust this with the Master Out setting at the bottom of the Master column. The numbers here relate to the numbers on the output jacks.

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  4. If you are looking to have all 4 outputs passing audio simultaneously, you can set the Cue Out in the same way you did with the Master. A basic configuration would be to set the Master Out to 1/2, and the Cue Out to 3/4. You will then have separate volume controls for each set of outputs.
     
  5. Once you make a selection, Ableton will only output the Master/Cue to the selections you have made!

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Technical Support & Warranty Information

Whether you are a customer or dealer, if you already own an Akai Pro product, or if you just have pre-sales questions, the Akai Pro technical support team is available to help!
 
Visit the link below to connect with any of the following support options: online community support, phone support, email support.