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

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Ableton Live synths: Analog vs. Operator

I've been researching Ableton Live 8, and I'm wondering, what is the main difference in sound and limitations between the Analog and Operator instruments? I'm looking for an industrial rock type synth ...
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Adjusting MIDI latency in Ableton Live

When I record MIDI tracks in Ableton Live, is there any way to adjust it so the MIDI notes I record are automatically shifted to their correct positions, correcting for the lag time on my MIDI adapter?...
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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 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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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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Thoughts on Ableton Live?

Anyone using Ableton for their sound designing and other audio editing needs? I also use PT8, but as of late, I've found Ableton to be a much more intuitive and streamlined DAW that allows to to do ...
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How can I qualify differences between compressors?

When A/Bing different models of compressor (usually DAW plugins since that's what I generally have access to), I can tell that different compressors with similar settings have a somewhat different ...
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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 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 “Insert silence” - in session view (Ableton Live)?

How can one "Insert silence" in session view - to the loop itself? (Guess there must be an easier way than re-recording). Thanks
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Sequencing with VSTs - does 64bit matter?

I'm wanting to get into digital music production and so I need to get a 'DAW' package. I don't want to get into a debate the pros and cons of different packages, but I'd narrowed down my selection to ...
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How to Change Pitch Bend in MIDI?

I use Kontakt 4 to play a guitar on my keyboard on my song. So, naturally I use MIDI. I've recorded the whole song a couple of times and it's perfect except for one movement with the pitchbend knob on ...
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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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Mapping Mod and Pitch bend controls to a knob in Ableton?

I'm in between full sized MIDI keyboards at the moment and picked up an Akai MPK Mini to use for the time being and as a travel controller. I love it but it's missing the mod and pitch wheels that ...
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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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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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Exporting Logic to Ableton?

I write/compose all of my music in Apple Logic and I would like to use Ableton Live to sequence different scenes of audio from it. What is the best way to export? I am familiar with bouncing stems ...
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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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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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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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Ableton Live - Editing / Moving multiple envelope points at the same time as your note data?

When you view CC or other data (such as volume, pan etc) in the Envelope section of your clip window, you can easily select a single data point by clicking on it; you can select multiple points by ...
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Ableton Live - viewing / editing CC sostenuto data

Hey guys, hope someone knows the answer here. Unable to locate anything in the docs about it. If I record a piano track complete with sustain pedal, and the. Later in the MIDI editor I move the notes ...
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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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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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How can I properly use/opmize REWIRE to join Ableton Live 8.2 and Reason 5

I've been having these problems for weeks now and I haven't been able to find a decent fix for it. If I make a complex track on Reason, and Reason alone and my DSP is not high, and it's overloading ...
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How can I automate/loop signature changes in Ableton?

I'm trying to make a loop which has one bar of 7/8 and one bar of 4/4, but I don't want to have to manually do that (ie right-clicking the Arrangement View and changing sig) to several minutes' worth ...
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Asio4All - couldn't get beneath 24 ms latency

Have an M-Audio M-Track audio interface. Upon electric guitar monitoring (jack plugged - guitar line input), there is a 24 ms lag (input + output). Reading on the internet, I see people getting lower ...
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Ableton Live / Osculator / TouchOSC: Send all values to remote control device

I'm using TouchOSC on an iPad to remote control many values in an Ableton Live Project. To translate between OSC (TouchOSC) and MIDI (Ableton Live) I'm using OSCulator. Now when I startup TouchOSC on ...
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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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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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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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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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how to lower CPU usage in Ableton Live 8 in Mac OSX 10.6.8

While running Ableton Live 8 after a project gets to a certain size, the audio starts to get a bit choppy and distorted. My levels are fine and is not the cause of the lag and chop. I have samples ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Would Ableton/NI/Max For Live be considered as professional choices for sound design?

I'm curious to what peoples opinions are on using Ableton software for professional sound design. I'm a budding sound designer and I want to let my imagination go wild with creating and designing ...
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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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KHz and bit depth in HD film and computer playback?

I just made a song for a talkshow we're making. I made it in Ableton Live 48kHz in MIDI. Most of my libraries is recorded in 24bit/96kHz. When I save it out as 48kHz 24 bit it sounds dull. I changed ...
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should I unfreeze tracks in ableton before exporting a song?

Should I unfreeze tracks in ableton before exporting a song? Just wondering if this will make any difference in the way it sounds. In the past I noticed when I exported songs with tracks frozen they ...
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Ableton Live - record midi CC data during a live performance?

I'm really struggling with one little aspect of Live that has got me stumped. Suppose I've mapped a number of instrument parameters (LFOs, freq / filters, FX etc) to any number of dials, sliders or ...
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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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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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I'm out of LFOs, how can I put vibrato on my synth line in Ableton Live?

I'm adding a synthesizer line to a recording I'm working with. I've gotten a nice sound using Ableton's Operator FM synthesizer, and I'd like to add some vibrato to it. Generally, this is done by ...
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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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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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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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Can I map coarse and fine tempo control to a single MIDI controller in Ableton Live?

One of the nice features of Ableton Live is its quick MIDI mappings. I can enter MIDI map mode and quickly assign an interface element to a knob or slider on a MIDI controller. I am trying to map ...