open·control is a Control Surface for Ableton Live with some unique features.

It has a large and bright display, 6 buttons with visual feedback and 2 knobs.
You decide what each element will control, whether using your fingers or with pedals.

Is is Open Source, so all the code is available, and it will continue to improve with its user base.

1 controller, 3 flavors

open·control is available in 3 formats.

Pocket is a lightweight desktop controler, Boxed is designed to be used with pedals, and Maker is for the hobbyist who wants to create his own enclosure.
Each version has the same set of features, simply choose how you want to control it.


Desktop version

· LED Matrix Display
· 6 Buttons with visual feedback
· 2 Endless Knobs with Push Button
· MIDI In/Out
· Optional 3D-printed Cover



Use pedals instead of buttons

· LED Matrix Display
· 6 Jack inputs for Switch Pedals w/ visual feedback
· 2 Jack Inputs for Expression Pedals
· 2 Endless Knobs with Push Button
· MIDI In/Out
· Robust plastic enclosure



Create your own enclosure

· LED Matrix Display
· 6 Soldering Slots for Switches w/ visual feedback
· 2 Soldering Slots for Endless Encoders with Push Button
· 2 Soldering Slots for variable Resistors
· MIDI In/Out
· Includes Board + Components


Control the controls

Each element of the controller can be changed instantly with an easy to use Web Editor (also available offline).
You can create up to 3 different pages of controls.
No need to reload Live or refresh anything, all changes are applied immediately.

open·control is the only controller available that shows and controls Variations, Scene names, Looper state... along many other unique features.
Of course you can use the buttons to do "classic" MIDI mapping.
You can find a list of available actions on the Ressources page.

Here are a few examples of configurations (click to zoom).

open·control being Open Source, you can adapt the code to your own needs.

Looper integration

open·control takes extra care of Live's Looper device

open·control detects any Looper that has (LOOPER#) in its name. You can then navigate through Loopers and control and monitor the state of each Looper individually.
Another useful feature is that you can monitor the state of 6 Loopers simultaneously

open·control demo

3 MIDI modes

open·control has MIDI In and Out ports (stereo 3.5mm minijack), making it possible to connect it in 3 different ways.
This is available on all the versions (Pocket, Boxed or Maker).

Standard USB

Simply connect open·control to your computer using a standard USB cable.

Remote Control

For longer distance, you can use the MIDI In and Out ports.
The power will be supllied by the USB port.

External MIDI

Use your own equipment to control open·control.
Just plug your gear to the MIDI In port, set the controls on the editor and your gear will trigger the corresponding buttons.
Any MIDI hardware that sends Notes or Control Changes can be used (for instance FCB1010, SPD-SX...).


  • 32x6 pixels White LED Matrix
  • 6 RGB LEDs with adjustable brightness

  • Connectors:
  • USB Type B
  • Stereo 3.5mm minijack MIDI In & Out
  • Boxed: 8 x 6.35mm Jack Inputs (6 Mono for Pedal Switches, 2 Stereo for Expression Pedals)
  • Pocket: 6 Buttons and 2 Knobs

  • Dimensions:
  • Pocket: 15 x 9 X 4 cm
  • Boxed : 16 x 9.5 X 3.5 cm

  • To help make the planet a bit greener , no cables are provided with open.control.
    The USB cable is very standard (Printer type), you probably have one you don't use.


  • Q: Does opencontrol rely on Max For Live ?
    No, there's no need to have Max For Live
  • Q: Why is the display a LED matrix, and not an OLED display ?
    The main idea behind open·control was to use it on stage and to be able to read it from a certain distance and from any angle. Therefore the best solution was a LED matrix.
  • Q: How many pedals are needed with the Boxed version ?
    With one pedal, you can already do 3 actions, 9 actions with 2 and so forth.
  • Q: What version of Live are supported ?
    Any version above Live 9 will work (Lite, Standard, Suite).