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Re: live looping with ableton live
At 4:17 PM +0200 7/4/07, nico spahni wrote:
>My current looping setup includes SL and Augustus Loop hosted in RAX
>(plus a number of quirky plugins) and controlled via FCB1010. I
>guess I should add that I mainly loop myself and can't do too much
>knob tweaking because I need to pluck a string every now and then
>What additional benefits would the combination SL, Augustus Loop and
>Live have in stall for me?
Last year, I did an A/B comparison between both Live (version 5) and
Rax (whatever the final version was before Plasq stopped producing
it) as a host. I keep looking for a more streamlined, pared-down
host than Ableton (I don't use nearly all its functions), but keep
getting dragged back to it again and again.
I stuck with Live over Rax for the following reasons:
CPU usage: believe it or not, Live is actually more CPU efficient
than Rax (by about 5-10% on average, in a Powerbook G4 1.67MHz).
This is based on loading the same VST/AU's into each host, in a
similar configuration. Even without Rax's visualizer running, Live
was generally easier on the CPU, even though its more feature-laden.
Support for Multi-Output Interfaces: At the time, I was doing a lot
of effect loops out the spare interface jacks to/from external
hardware. Always had a problem with getting Rax proprely configured
Routing: Very few pieces of software have as flexible a routing
scheme as Live. There's no problem with patching any source or
effect into any other source or effect on the fly, even doing splits
and submixes or send/insert effect chains.
Now, one thing I don't remember testing on Rax was whether it had the
slave-sync idiosyncrasies that plague Live, so that could be a point
in Rax's favor.
Finally, I went back over to Live before Plasq discontinued it so I
don't remember for certain, but did they ever put out a Universal
Binary version of Rax? I was thinking that they might have ceased
development before a UB version was released.
"I want to keep you alive so there is always the possibility of