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Ableton is a digital audio workstation and sequencer.

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Setting up ableton live as a live looper?

I have seen that it is possible to set up Ableton to work as a live looper How is it done?
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Why is learning how to use DAWs appear more difficult than Video editing programs?

Between some friends and me, we are finding it evidently more difficult to learn how to use DAWs than to use video editing programs like Sony Vegas and Premier. We are trying Roland CakeWalk Sonar 8, ...
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What exactly does it mean to normalize a track/how it is done?

When exporting a song I was working on in Ableton I decided to export it as an .aiff file for the first time, just for kicks I guess, when I noticed some options that I had never really paid attention ...
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What is the best way of dealing with latency in Ableton?

I have a Lexicon Lambda which I use in Ableton and Audacity. Latency is hardly an issue in Audacity, but I can't seem to get it down to a manageable state in Ableton, no matter how many different ...
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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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Live control of rewired application parameter using MIDI controller in Ableton

I am running Reason rewired through Ableton Live. I would like to be able to control one of the parameters of a Subtractor Synthesiser within Reason whilst rewire is active. The actual parameter is a ...
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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 do I sync a Mac and Windows laptop running Ableton Live?

A friend of mine and I want to jam together on our laptops using Live. I've got a Mac, and he's got a PC running Windows 7. Using MIDI to sync the two laptops is very unreliable; even with Live 8, ...
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Rendering vs. recording in ableton live?

In Ableton Live, it seems like I get better (clearer, louder, better dynamics) results when I route and record my master track to an audio track instead of using the "render-to-disk" function. Has ...
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Ableton: How do I automatically make a Clip “on beat”?

I can record a Clip from my MIDI keyboard and hit Play to hear it looped. But it's difficult to hit the Record and Stop button at just the right time so that my Clip has a consistent, say, 4/4 rhythm ...
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Ableton Live Instruments and Effects Have Disappeared From The Library…How to get them back?

I opened Ableton Live (6 LE - Mac Version) last night and none of the instruments or effect presets were in the Library pane. The instrument and effect unit names were there, but when I click on the ...
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How do you configure three or more phrases to be mapped to a one-button-per-phrase loop triggering?

Using my floorboard controller and vanilla Ableton MIDI mappings, I've managed to figure out a way to juggle two phrases with loopers. However, the MIDI assignments are a pretty clunky. The basic idea ...
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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 “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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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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Does buying Komplete 8 help me at all if I already own Ableton?

Don't yell at me for asking a stupid question if this is dumb. I just started making music and I have been using Ableton the whole time. I was going to buy a Maschine controller so I can stop using ...
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In Ableton, how come cropped samples aren't cropped as much when imported later?

I've been trying to archive my samples for later use. Assume I have a sample cropped perfectly in drum rack and I've verified that the sample is how I want it. I've then stored the .wav for the ...
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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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Advice for a beginner. (I know, I know..)

Sorry for another newbie thread, guys. I've read other threads with similar questions but couldn't seem to find exactly what I was looking for, so here goes: I've wanted to work in film post/sound ...
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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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Recording heavy metal guitars with almost zero budget

Long story short: I've been producing electronic music for a long time now, so I have a very good amount of knowledge on mixing, special effects and mastering, but I have never EVER recorded anything ...
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Fl Studio replacement

I've worked in Fl Studio up until now. As a result of a lack of learning material I want to switch, but to Ableton, Cubase or Protools and why? This arguments never seems to be firmly settled. People ...
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Recording with Ableton - good or bad idea?

My band has a pretty 50/50 combo of organic and electronic (programmed) elements. I know someone who records everything in Ableton. We have been using Logic, but I find the Rewiring to be a little ...
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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 can I record with Ableton Live ? My setup seems to be missing just one part at this point.

Objective I am trying to record my MPC-1000 as just a raw audio to Ableton Live through my MBox, But my output monitors are not picking anything up. Equipment I use an mBox. I downloaded the stand ...
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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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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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How to adjust the volume level of the track when the automation points are already set?(Ableton/Logic pro)

when I do mixing in Ableton, I used to select all tracks and adjust the volume at once. Whenever I do it, all the automations are off as the below screenshot. In logic pro, I can't even adjust the ...
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How do I map a second MIDI controller to act as a “reset” button in Ableton Live?

I am in the process of creating an experimental liveset where I manipulate the pitch of the loops in realtime. I have mapped a knob on a MIDI controller to change the pitch of the sound, which is ...
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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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How to activate MIDI controller in Ableton?

I have been having a problem in Ableton 8.2.2, when i turn on the Ableton and after that switch on my MIDI, Ableton never detect that. I have to restart Ableton and then it starts detecting the MIDI. ...
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Produce 'wavy' sound in pitch?

I've been trying to mimic a high-treble instrument I heard in a song where it basically goes between octaves in a wavy, smooth pattern. To do this on a piano you hit the note F3 then F4 repeatedly. ...
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Send slider value from python to Ableton Live

I want to send to Ableton Live float number that will set the instrument parameter from code (python). I try to edit midi remove script (no documentation and not worked). I can send note tone and ...
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Ableton: Record everything I do and play it back on-screen

Is there a way to have Ableton record everything I do -- where I click, what I adjust, etc so that I can watch myself later? The best way to do this might be to simply record a video of my screen ...
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Audio Interface from Laptop to Monitors/etc

Here's the set up I'm going to have for a little while and would like the to figure out what to buy to fit "in the middle". My best understanding is a mixer of some sort, but I'm not sure what. That's ...
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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 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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Acapella for a remix - Warp or chop?

I'm trying to warp an acapella that I want to use for a remix in Ableton but I can't figure out how to do it properly. I followed many tutorials but it doesn't seem to get right. I've got some ...
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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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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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How can I mimic the audio synthesis layers from Kraftwerk's “Tour de France Etape 3”?

I'm currently trying to achieve a similar sound from "Tour de France Etape 3". Specially the intro of the song. The same sound can be heard across the whole Tour de France Sountracks album. From ...
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Rearranging MIDI tracks VST development

I'm currently working on a project of a VST which should be able to rearranging several MIDI tracks. Here is a simple scheme of what I'm trying to achieve : As you could notice, this VST is not ...
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Is there a way in Max For Live to actually write code that manipulates the signal?

I want to write code that gets a signal or audio samples in, manipulates them and they go to the output. I don't want to be messing with all the 'visual programming' fancy crap, unless I am in a hurry....