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Re: Total Recall in Ableton Live - Kapture (revisited)

Better way is to plan your setup around latency. Actions that depend
on correct timing can still be addressed with a direct control.
Actions that are quantized in a looper shouldn't be assigned to
Kapture either because the looper needs to know the given command a
bit in advance. It's just like tuning a tempered instrument; balance
the quirks to make a good enough performance possible ;-)

Greetings from Sweden

Per Boysen

On Mon, Feb 13, 2012 at 11:30 AM, Philip Conway
<Philip.Conway@bristol.ac.uk> wrote:
> That thing is indeed rather amazing.  The only issue is that latency 
> builds
> up with large amounts of parameters being changed but maybe that's 
> better on
> a faster machine (my trusty but creaky  six year old macbook is nearing
> retirement age!).  It also makes me realise that I really need to learn
> Max/MSP.
> Philip.
> --On 12 February 2012 23:35 +0100 Per Boysen <perboysen@gmail.com> wrote:
>> I just looked a little deeper into the Max for Live device Kapture.
>> This device offers instant recall. It lets you record and store
>> snapshots of the whole mixer plus devices settings. And this includes
>> looping plugins too! Can you see the tremendous performance power in
>> this for live looping musicians? You can totally design your own
>> looping interface like you want it. Simply decide on what control
>> commands you want, set up mixer and plugins for that and snag a
>> snapshot of it. For some snapshots you may deselect a lot of mixer
>> parameters and only have the snapshot recall the looper's settings, or
>> maybe just one of many loopers you are using.
>> Snapshots can be activated in two ways. First, you mouse the drop-down
>> menu of the Kapture plugin's GUI. Second, you launch an empty clip in
>> Live that has the same name as the Kapture snapshot it's meant to
>> activate. This gives that you can handle a very complex performance
>> setup with only three MIDI pedals: Scene Up, Scene Down and Scene
>> Launch. Compare that to the classic way of assigning one pedal switch
>> for each function. Over here I will keep my 80 pedals (8 Gordius banks
>> of 10 each) and just assign three of them for Kapture. Then I'll see
>> whee this takes me.
>> I just checked with Augustus Loop and every damn parameter in the
>> looper is captured by Kapture. Finally this is opening up a way to use
>> this wonderful looper plugin IRL. My issue with Augustus have always
>> been that I can't press all buttons for all things I want to make
>> happen at once. The EDP functionality design is easier to use but
>> lacks some cool stuff you can do with Augustus. With Augustus it
>> typically makes sense to keep a direct MIDI binding to the Freeze
>> Button, besides this Kapture Snapshot system.
>> Finally, you may rework your setup very quickly in a modular way. Just
>> move around the live clips for different Kapture snapshots. You may
>> put several rows of them in Live's Session View (the data
>> spreadsheat-like interface) so that one Scene (all clips at the same
>> horizontal level) will only launch these Snapshot Clips. Very  useful,
>> especially if you work on many projects and has an issue remembering
>> the different setups. Here you can simply read it on the screen, or
>> easily memorize it visually before a concert.
>> FYI I can tell that this total recall approach for many years has been
>> the base for the French software looper Logeloop as well as for
>> Numerology. In those two apps "saving a preset" takes a snapshot of
>> everything, just like this Kapture thing. One thing I will start
>> fiddling around with now, using Augustus Loop and Kapture, is to work
>> with long bows of slow speed shifts, as this looper offers
>> non-quantized continuous speed/pitch shift. I did some of that on the
>> album with Erdem but until this Kapture I've seen a live concert tool
>> that would allow experimenting with it on stage (except for Logeloop,
>> but I can't run many of my tone shaping plugins in that Max built
>> looper so Live currently works better for me).
>> Ok, signing off now. Just wanted to mention this if someone out there
>> also has been looking for these kind of tools. Oh, I should mention
>> that instant recall of everything is not all snappy. At least not
>> according to a discussion on the Max For Live forum. Some users there
>> report that not all settings change at the same time. But I'm not sure
>> that should seen as a showstopper, after all Plastikman uses Kapture
>> every night to coordinate both Ableton Live mix mashup improvisation
>> and synced video.
>> Greetings from Sweden
>> Per Boysen
>> www.perboysen.com
>> http://www.youtube.com/perboysen