Ableton 10.1 Not recording MIDI from Alesis Module?

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I would like to use the nitro mesh kit with ableton and no matters how I hit the pads or the cymbals the velocity does not change in ableton. Can the problem be with ableton or the velocity data is not transfered trough the USB to PC MIDI interface?
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Levente Vigmann

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Criss, Employee

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Hello, Levente 

Thanks for posting! 

There is no need to use a MIDI interface to connect the module to the Strike Multipad. You can just connect it via USB to your computer. See if that does the trick, the pads ARE velocity-sensitive and Ableton does detect and record that with no issue. You can tell in the CLIP view after your record a sequence. 

Hope this helps! 
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Dear Criss,

Thank you for the reply. By the MIDI interface i meant the USB midi connection. There is no intermediate midi equipment.
But in the meanwhile I checked the midi packabes with midi monitor application and the velocity data is sent correctly. I also got information that some Alesis products, even the drums, ableton can't handle correctly. Ableton Live 10.1 can not record midi notes sent by my nitro module. I believe it is because the midi On/Off data has the same timestamp. I submitted a bug report on ableton's forum.
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Hello, Levente

Yes, we have seen some customers experience this with the new 10.1 Ableton update, however, if you go back to Ableton 10 it will work just fine. Definitely, submit an inquiry to them, the more customers raise an issue, the more they are aware.

Hope this helps! 
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Hi Chris,

I've got the following reply from Ableton to my bug report.

"We have found that as of Live 10.1, any MIDI Note On > Off duration below approximately 100ms might not be captured. The Alesis Nitro mesh and some other devices seem to produce such notes and thus are prone to this.
We're looking into this."

I hope they're gonna make it:)
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Hello, Levente

Thanks for the update! 

I am sure other users will be glad to know Ableton is aware of this and are making an effort to fix this on their next update.

We appreciate your patience! 
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Hey there,

i got the same problem with other MIDI hardware. After i've read your comment about Note On - Note Off timings i tried to fix that problem with a workaround in Ableton 10.1:

Track 1 = Drumrack I Track 2 = Midi Track

Track 1 recieves MIDI from Track 2.

Insert Ableton internal MIDI Effect 'Note length' on Track 2.

Done :-)