How to configure the Mininova with the Mininova Editor plug-in in Ableton Live

The Mininova has a software plugin companion which acts as a 'Remote Control' so you don't have to rely on the hardware controls. This has to be opened inside your DAW host (Ableton etc). It is not a 'stand-alone' program like the Librarian and cannot be used on your computer without a host program.

NOTE: We have a general Mininova tutorial video which may be used. If this is easier for you, then please view our video here:



 1.) Ensure that the Mininova Editor (Current version: 1.4) has been downloaded and installed as a plugin. The plugin can be used as an Audio Unit or VST.  If you do not already have this software, you can find it within your online Novation User Account ('Downloads & Activations'), or download the file from these locations:

  • PC -
  • MAC -

NOTE: If you need the release notes for this particular download, please find them here:

2.) Once installed please ensure that you can see your plugin via the Ableton Plug-in menu, as shown below. This will also appear in your VST folder.

Ableton Category - Plug-in


 NOTE: If you do not have the Mininova Editor appear here, please ensure that you have directed Ableton to read the plugin from it's installation directory, as per image below. If you are using a Windows machine, your VST plugin directory will differ so ensure you are navigated to the correct directory folder.


Plug-in directory

 3.) Once the directory folder has been scanned, you will need to insert the Mininova Editor plugin on to a MIDI Track. The Mininova Editor is not a "soft-synth" and will not produce audio so this cannot be used on an Audio Track. However, it is a MIDI plugin controller, which enables the control of the Mininova Hardware's parameters via MIDI.

Mininova Editor to Midi Track

 4.) The Mininova Editor should appear automatically when it has been inserted into a MIDI Track. However, if this is not the case then manually click the Track Insert "Plug-in Edit" button which is located on the insert strip.

Mininova Editor Insert


 NOTE: The Mininova Editor window will now open once the "Plug-in Edit' button is clicked.

5.) You are ready to edit and control the Mininova from this point onwards. You should see the Mininova appear just like any other plug-in, as below.

Mininova Plugin

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