Ableton Live is a software music sequencer and digital audio workstation for OS X and Windows.

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I don't understand Ableton Live's workflow

I recently got Ableton Live, and I really really love it. The clean UI, the instruments, it just all feels very intuitive. Though I have one major problem that I just can't work at all because of it. ...
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Question on re-creating a sound I heard in a pop song on the radio

This is my first time on this site, and I hope I'm posting to the right place. I'm looking for some help on how I can re-create or find a similar sound from the song "Don't Let Me Down" by the Chain ...
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Ableton Live: APC40 toggle Midi map states?

There are a lot of mappings I want to use, but I don't want to override the default APC40 setup. I'm curious how you can manage different Midi maps using Ableton Live or external software. Thanks
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Ableton Live: Zoom out farther than current bounds?

I'm wondering if anyone knows of a quick way to zoom out: farther than the current bounds. Sometimes I want to place a clip past the current view, and it's frustrating that the zoom caps out unlike ...
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Ableton - How to preview browser clips and instruments?

I was frustrated that I can't preview instruments using computer keys, but I found the workaround (see answer)
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Why can't I see the impulse instrument alongside the preset in Ableton?

I'm following a video course for Ableton Live 9. In the video, the instructor loads an impulse preset and it displayed like this: However, in my version, only the preset kit is shown: Why is ...
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How to fade to silence in Ableton Live?

What is the recommended way to fade to silence in Ableton Live? Automation of Track Volume is not recommended, because you lose the ability to adjust the overall volume of the track. Automation of ...
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Is there a function to randomize the volumes of a MIDI Clip on Ableton Live?

I'd like to know if there is a function to randomize the volumes of a MIDI Clip on Ableton Live in order to simulate a human playing. I can do it manually (It's what I do all the time), but as you can ...
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Can I setup my Scarlet 18i20 this way?

I just purchased a new 18i20 and I am hoping to reduce some of the equipment to simplify my setup. I have a Broadcasting machine with 8 HDMI inputs that I broadcast game tournaments from. This is ...
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How do I enable ableton link?

After watching this video it seems that I need to go to Preferences -> Link MIDI -> and then turn link on by pressing a button. I re-downloaded Ableton last night to get the lastest build, and I have ...
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Crashing in Ableton Live when running high resource load / UAD-2 DSP plugins

When I am designing a song in Ableton Live, I use a lot of processing and tracks. Although I have a UAD-2 DSP to run plugins on to offload processing, I still need CPU dependent plugins. The ...
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Will this setup do the trick?

I'd like to start making electronic, instrumental music on my PC. Being a bit of a newbie in terms of the technical aspects involved, I've done quite a bit of reading, but I'm still not quite sure ...
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modulation wheel affects last knob turned in ableton live

Problem: Some software synthesizers should respond to the modwheel but instead ableton live changes the value of the last knob I've turned in a software synthesizer. Background: I use the small ...
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How can I use automation on Ableton Live unit by unit?

Frequency shifters are sensible beasts. When I grab one little "dot" and push it just one "unit" down, it goes all the way from 0 to -303 Hz, and when I hold down left ctrl, it changes by 15 Hz ...
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Ableton Live and Reaktor snapshots overwrite

So I built my custom synth with Reaktor. Being used to produce several drum sounds, I have usually different instances of it on different Ableton Live tracks. The problem is snapshot saving. ...
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Send “Audio To” MIDI Track (or its single channels) in ableton

I'm trying to understand the different routing logics present in Ableton Live. My goal is to route a Drum audio track to the side-chain external input of a compressor vst, whom effects a MIDI track ...
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Can I transpose a series of midi clips to a different key?

Running Ableton live 9 Suite. I made these midi clips: Is there a way to automate the transposition of these chords to another key? Ideally I would like to do this with a few key strokes if thats ...
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

I was wondering if anyone had some tips for getting that kind of stereo feeling on specific sounds? Here is an example: I love the way this track has been built as it ...
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VST Plugins for creating MIDI Notes (Ableton)

I am currently using Ableton's standard piano roll to insert MIDI notes for creating my synths with Ni Massive, It does everything I want it to do but I hate the way its laid out... I would much ...
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Is it possible to import Ableton Live's sound libraries into Logic Pro?

I own both Logic Pro X and Ableton Live 9. I'm wondering if there is a way to use Live's sound packs/libraries in Logic. I have been using Logic since it was available for Windows; so a very long ...
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Sound Design: How would you create this pluck?

I'm trying to create a pluck similar to the one that starts at 00:48 secs https://soundcloud.com/r3hab/john-legend-you-and-i-r3hab-remix I'm using a square wave with short attack, short decay, long ...
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Synth levels too low in mixdown (Ableton DNB)

I am currently producing a Jump Up Drum and Bass track using ableton, I have gotten to the mixdown and I am concerned as to how loud my synths should be peaking. I am using Native Instruments Massive ...
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best quality of recording synthesizer

Just trying to figure out the best way to get the most of out of my sound recording with my synthezier. I have a yamaha s90x which has such a great sound, which most of the qualities are lost ...
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Ableton Mastering: Is It Recommended That I Use Maximizers/Limiters Before Everything Else?

I recently asked a question regarding increasing the loudness of my mix, and after receiving a lot of helpul tips + knowledge, I am now curious as to wether or not I should be using my Maximizers/...
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Tips for Mastering my Track in Ableton Live

I am a drum and bass (Jump Up) producer using ableton, I have been producing for about 8 months now and I would say I have proggressed really well with it. I have got to the stage with it where i am ...
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Designing household sounds using a synth

any advice, tutorial, video or even book you recommend for designing household sounds using a synth?? I work mainly in Live9 and in our next game I'm planning to design sound the majority of sounds ...
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Serial Sound Design?

I'm looking for a way to create sounds in a serial manner, so that Sound1 feeds into Sound2 which then feeds into Sound3 etc. I noticed when using Operator (in Ableton) today that 4 simple sound waves ...
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Missing parameters in my rack Ableton Live

Hey guys, i am missing the part where the gain and all those other 8 parameters are. Do you know why and how i can open it? See screen shot for explanation. Greatly appreciated.
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Recreating a synthesizer

I'm trying to recreate a synthesizer sound in Ableton. I have access to VSTs like Sylenth and Massive, but I'd prefer to do it with only Ableton's Operator synthesizer. But for starters, it'd be ...
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Ableton: Understanding Analog's “Uni”

Pre-Question-Introduction: I am a noob, but I really want to understand what exactly is going on behind every single dial and button I press. The "Uni" button on the Analog module of Ableton live, ...
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Transpose a track 6 octaves in Ableton Live in realtime

The "transpose" knob in Ableton Live 9 only allows transposing down 48 semitones, which is 4 octaves. In order to best approximate what a bat hears, I'd like to transpose down 6 octaves, which is 72 ...
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Bring all recordings to the same level

I am working on a personal music album in Ableton Live. All my tracks (9) have been recorded and mixed inside one Ableton live file and 30 channels (audio and midi). In some tracks, e.g. guitar leads ...
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Volume loss upon exporting wav from Ableton Live

Upon exporting track to a wav , it creates a very quiet file as opposed to the volume while playing in Ableton Live . I export my master channel of course, which db, frequencies and mastering are fine,...
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Samples clipping in Ableton

When I slow down the tempo of a song that has samples in it (samples cut from other songs not loops) the samples start to clip. Shouldn't changing the tempo of a sample just change the pitch? Is ...
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Amplitube VST won't respond to MIDI PC messages from Ableton Live

I have been dealing with this problem for a few months now without any success and I was wondering if anyone has ran into this issue. The scenario I'm about to describe used to work flawlessly ...
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Why do I see high frequency noise when generating single tone in Operator

I tried generating a single tone of 220Hz in Ableton Live using the Operator instrument To make sure it was at that frequency I placed a Spectrum device after the Operator instrument. It surprised me ...
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Ableton's Push / Launchpad color choice

I'm using the Launchpad95 script for Novation's Launchpad. I highly recommend it. But i'm curious about one thing. In the 'Combined Mode' section. Look at the diagram. the bottom left area is a 4x4 ...
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How can i make this Horror Voice?

Can somebody tell me how i can make/produce this Horror Voice with Ableton Live or other programs. Its an Horror Sample from an German Movie. This Voice means " dont touch me ". You can download ...
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Managing comments in Ableton Live

Looking for a method to add and manage comments in my composition. I'm familiar with adding a marker text, edit info view text, and insert text to lesson file techniques. Tried quite many VST but ...
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Managing comments in Ableton Live

Looking for a method to add and manage comments in my composition. I'm familiar with adding a marker text, edit info view text, and insert text to lesson file techniques. Tried quite many VST but ...
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Play from beginning in Ableton Live 9

In Logic, I press enter twice and then space and I can play from the beginning of a track and resets my playhead. How can I do this in Ableton Live 9 ? It always starts me at where my playhead is and ...
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Equivalent of Logic's Flex Mode in Ableton Live 9

In Logic, I use flex mode to stretch or condense a track into a certain area. So if it is 1.5 bars I can stretch it to two bars to fit my drum pattern. I know Warp mode in Live 9 can edit clips ...
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Getting Audio from Live to Pass Through to Scarlett 18i20

So I am trying to stream my setup to Mixlr, which provides a streaming interface where I can assign an audio device to send to the stream. There are a few options in the dropdown menu for each of the ...
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Chordal trancey stabs a la LMFAO in Ableton without resorting to presets

Although you might question why I would want to do this in the first place - I have been curious as to how to recreate that 'trancey' chordal stab sound as epitomized by the lead riff in LMFAO's Party ...
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How to adjust the repeat interval and duration for delay effect in Ableton Live?

I remember in Cubase the audio delay effect had parameters where you could dictate how often a delay repeated, and for what duration.. Is there a way of adjusting these parameters in Ableton? Ideally ...
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How to create a Acid Synth Stab sound?

I've been trying to recreate the synth sound used in the Calvin Harris remix of the track Eat. Sleep. Rave. Repeat. If you are not familiar with it, it is here: The ...
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How to send arbitrary MIDI messages to MIDI track using computer keyboard in Ableton Live?

Is it possible, for example, when the 'H' key on computer keyboard is pressed to send "Hold Pedal ON" MIDI message to MIDI track? And when 'H' key is pressed again to send "Hold Pedal OFF" MIDI ...
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Dual sound cards in Mac OS X?

I have a Lexicon Omega studio but I need 2 additional inputs. I have read about creating aggregate core audio interface, but does anyone have experience of this in mac? I have now found a cheap mbox ...
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Render Multiple Clips Simultaneously

I used Ableton Live 8 for some dialogue editing for an iPad game and now I'm coming up to the stage where I'll need to render the edits as individual WAVs. The sounds are very short (quick "oohs" and ...
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Does Ableton live have a revert to last saved version feature?

Say I didn't like the latest changes and would like to get back to the last saved version, Is there a better / faster way than reopening? (as by clicking F12 in photoshop, for instance).