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

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Using Ableton, how can I replicate the synth used in this song?

Heads Will Roll by the band Yeah Yeah Yeahs features a synth that sounds like a mix of a number of instruments. Perhaps a stringed instrument or a wind instrument, among others. This question is ...
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Midas MR 18 OSX 16 track 24bit 44.1khz 4-second-long random dropout issue

Weird issue recording 16 tracks at 24bit/44.1kHz on a Midas MR 18 connected to Ableton Live on OSX via USB. Within a period of about 4 seconds, there were handful of missing parts on each track ...
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How to export individual channels from Propellerhead Figure to DAW?

I've recently begun playing with Figure again and want to import into my DAW for further refinement. Unfortunately it appears that Propellerhead have removed the ability to export only the unmuted ...
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Should each drum component be created separately when coming from a midi source, then mixed?

So like render the snare to audio, render the kick, etc. and then mix them all. Would that then reduce CPU usage?
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How would I route iPhone vocals into my DAW?

I have an iPhone 6s Plus with a cool vocal effect app. I also have a "Blue" condenser microphone, a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 audio interface, and I'm using Ableton as my DAW. What adapters and/or ...
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How to midi map device pads to drum rack pads across multiple drum racks in ableton

Seems like this should be really simple, but when I am midi mapping controls, I cant figure out how to map a device pad to a chosen drum sample. I want to play samples from 2 different drum rack by ...
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How do I fix odd waveform/playback import issues in Ableton Live?

I recorded a few tracks in Ableton Live for a client, then exported them so he could have a friend pitch correct them using Melodyne. After getting the tracks back and importing them into Ableton ...
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Ableton Live - am I misunderstanding clips in the Arrangement view?

When I first saw a video of someone looping midi clips in Ableton Live's Session view and then placing them down into the Arrangement view, I figured that Live worked a lot like a 'tracker' (early '...
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How do I transfer VST plugins from FL Studio to Ableton Live?

So far, I've tried creating a new folder for VST plugins and filling it with the plugins I have from FL studio, and changing the source folder in Ableton to that folder, to no avail. Any suggestions? ...
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How to make feedback in Ableton Live?

I'm making a short film where one of the actors accidentally turns the fader on the mixing board all the way up thus making an immense feedback. We don't want to do this in reality because of the ...
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How to improve guitar tone for recording?

first post: I've been recording/producing for 4-5 years but I've always struggled to get electric guitars to sound the way I want them and I'm wondering what I can do to improve that. (also done ...
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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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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).
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Choose between AAX or VST

I am getting a plugin for Ableton Live named Spire which is a synthesizer. Should I get the AAX or VST version if I use Windows 10?
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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 it possible to write custom Ableton midi effects?

I have been toying with the idea of creating custom midi effects (eg. arpegiators etc) for Ableton but I can't seem to find any info on how or whether it's even possible. All information about writing ...
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Multiple midi CC# on one single knob

I have an issue with my Yamaha DX200 and Ableton midi, I spent hours looking on internet and trying to find a way, but nothing worked. So I basically want to control the DX200 as a soundmodule on ...
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Reproducing effects on recorded track, in LIVE performance

I am looking to reproduce some of the effects I have filtered my vocal tracks through in recordings, live, and I am wondering how to best go about achieving the effect. What equipment would I need in ...
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Exporting multiple tracks to MIDI in Ableton Live

I want to export my multi-track compositions in Ableton to MIDI to make them usable in Sibelius and to make them less susceptible to "ageing out" (what with proprietary project formats and all that ...
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Logic Pro X wont work as Rewire slave to Ableton

I have Ableton running and when I enable Rewire in Logic Pro x, apply changes and reload it I get an dialog box saying a Rewire host is already running... I have tried both settings but cannot get it ...
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Improve Sound Quality Of USB Microphone

I’m pretty new to recording music, I’m using Ableton Live 10 Intro and an Audio Technica AT2020USB mic. I feel like I’m not really getting the best quality sound out of the mic and based on the ...
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How to crossfade between more tracks in Ableton Live?

I decided to pursue Ableton Live as opposed to the traditional Traktor / Pioneer CDJ standard, and I've been trying to find optimal ways of DJing and mixing songs, loops, and live drums. I hit a road ...
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Ableton 9.5 — custom Simpler slice markers?

The sensitivity knob adds slice markers automatically I see that double clicking adds grey slice markers, and that I can drag the grey slice markers. How do I create orange slice markers?
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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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why is higher sample rate changing the sound for the worse? I think its changing the pitch

I'm working on a current song which I posted an example of a while back when asking about why low frequency sawtooth oscillators change the sound. Since then I changed the base of the synth from NI ...
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Ableton CV from track amplitude? Control another track's dry / wet?

Rather than a gate's simple pass / nopass, is there a way to monitor the amplitude of a track, and apply that amplitude to another track's amplitude or dry / wet? An audio stream (track) is split ...
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How to isolate specific sound from a sample in Ableton

I'm relatively new to Ableton and am learning about sampling right now. What I'd like to be able to do is take an instrumental and isolate specific sounds from it. Is this possible? I imagine there'...
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How can I change the master BPM in my song without stretching the recorded wav files?

I am using Ableton live 8. I just recorded three tracks of live audio (vocals and guitar) and did not pay attention to the BPM of the song. Now I would like to tap the correct BPM without stretching ...
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Ableton sidechain track to EQ band gain?

I'm curious how I can utilize a track with kicks to duck a specific frequency band in my main track. I can split the main track with Multiband Dynamics, and duck the middle band, but is there any way ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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Solo a track with a gate sidechained to a grouped track?

Assuming I have two tracks, Track A and Track B, where Track A is a group of tracks, how do I solo Track B if it has a Gate effect with a sidechain that targets Track A? An example of this situation ...
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Using Arduino sensors & Max to play & control instruments in Ableton Live

I just did the tutorial "How to Set Up Arduino with Max/MSP". I’m new to Arduino and Max but I’ve used the tutorial to get digital inputs into max working – great start as I failed with several other ...
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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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Mixing surround sound via optical cable

I have to mix music and sfx for a short animation which will play in a cinema on a Dolby 5.1 system. I need to deliver all 6 channels as separate wav files so they can encode everything to a DCP. My ...
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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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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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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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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 ...