Force the focus of a specific macro

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Hi everyone,

I’m trying to figure out how to force the selection of a specific macro in Ableton Live. When I do this manually with the mouse, clicking on a specific macro highlights it with a kind of crosshair, indicating that the focus is on that macro. I would like to know how to achieve the same effect through code.

I’ve attached two screenshots to illustrate what I mean. Any guidance or examples would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you!

Glenn Verhaeghe Answered question July 12, 2024

I can’t seem to find a way to highlight a parameter via the Remote Script.

I also can’t find a way to change the colors of a macro parameter, which would’ve been my suggestion as an alternative (to temporarily recolor a macro, I mean).

You can however bring a Device into focus (i.e. Select/Highlight a Device). If the knobs on your physical device are always set to the same number of macro’s, then it’s always obvious which macro will be adjusted.

Using the Path Menu, you can even select a Device inside the Chain of a Rack Device.

Let’s say you want to put a Device into focus (i.e. highlight it) when you change the value of a Parameter on that Device. You start of by adding a Listener that checks if the Parameters in the Device have changed; then you add the Action to put that Device into focus (as explained above).

Other than that, I don’t know any other options at the moment.

Glenn Verhaeghe Answered question July 12, 2024