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Is it Ableton Live - or is it me?
when I first encountered Ableton Live, I was quite impressed.
I still am besides the fact that I'm always biased toward computer-based
applications for anything in real-time.
Anyway, it is really doing wonderful things, but there are somethings that
seem very annoying I can't seem to work around. I'm even skipping the
latency issue, which is ovious I guess...
A. "AUTO BPM DETECT"
When I want to record/play several loops in parallel & in sync I seem to
have to do the following:
- Tap tempo for setting global tempo
- Set quantize i.e. to 1 bar
- Record first loop
- Record second loop...
I would like to get around having to tap the global tempo in the begining.
I would like to be able to record my first loop _without_knowing_ the
tempo before. Then, I would like to quantize the next loops according to
the first etc.
B. SHORTCUT KEYS FOR "RECORD HIGHLIGHTED LOOP NOW"
Ableton offers great MIDI/keyboard shortcut features. But they seem to be
a bit counter-intuitive to me.
To record a loop, I seem to have to:
- Arm the track I want to record
- Press that tiny little Record circle on that particular loop.
Instead, basically I would like to move the cursor to a loop position and
say "start recording this loop now".
This way, I could move the cursor to the loop I want and then send a
MIDI/keyboard signal "record this loop now". But I don't want to define
i.e. 8 different "arm recording track" keys for having 8 tracks parallel
nor do I want to define 32 shortcuts for all the record buttons on a 8x4
Theoretically, if I "sacrifice" i.e. 8 keys for arm track 1-8 and two more
for switching up/down between so-called "scenes" (scene = all the loops
played in parallel) it is supposed to somehow record the chosen track but
Is all this stuff the limitation of Live or is it just me?
Any practical suggestions or work-arounds?
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