The Touch Bar on Apple's latest two models of MacBook Pro continues to pass under the radar for many. Think of it as essentially a touch screen strip above your keyboard and below the screen of your laptop. It's convenient, clever, useful and customizable.
While Apple have naturally added support for Touch Bar Macs in their creative applications like Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro X, other companies have been slower to jump on the band wagon when it comes to providing built-in support for their DAWs.
Fortunately, Better Touch Tool gives anyone the ability to adjust and modify system wide settings on the Mac. Using Better Touch Tool in conjunction with this new preset file, Ableton Live Touch Bar, from pATCHES also will provide your Touch Bar with specially designed presets of macros, shortcuts, & icons when using Ableton Live. Neat.
Here's a very brief overview of what Ableton Live Touch Bar can help you do. Remember it's free, but you'll need Better Touch Tool in order to run it.
Ableton Live Touch Bar Features
- Save New Version: tapping this will initiate a macro that saves a new copy of your live set by adding a . (period) to the end of the current set
- Create new track
- Window sub-menu: gives you access to show or hide all the elements of Live's GUI.
- Quickly Mute Tracks
- Time Controls
- Loop Brace
There are also options for transforming the Touch Bar on yoru MacBook Pro into a MIDI controller with MIDI Touch Bar regardless of the DAW you're using: https://ask.audio/articles/this-free-app-turns-new-apple-macbook-pro-into-capable-midi-controller
Price: Free, but requires Better Touch Tool
Learn Ableton Live (no Touch Bar/MacBook Pro required) in the AskAudio Academy: https://ask.audio/academy?nleloc=application/Ableton