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Ableton Basics – Part Five: MIDI Outputs & Clock Sync

Ableton Basics – Part Five: MIDI Outputs & Clock Sync


Ableton Basics | Midi: Outputs & Clock Sync Hello everyone Justin DeLay from Reverb here and today we’re going to take a closer look at how to get MIDI signals
out of Ableton Live into your controllers, your drum machines, or
synthesizers, etc. So in a previous video, we took a look at how to get MIDI
signals into Ableton Live, so if you’re interested in that definitely check out
the previous video. But now we’re going to take a look at syncing this up this
way. We’re going to go back to preferences as always and we’re going to
go into the link slash MIDI tab here and where before we were looking at how to
configure the inputs for track input and remote control input, now we’re looking
at the output. So again, USB port is port 1, and output here means MIDI signals
going from Ableton Live to the controller.
So what we’re primarily concerned about here for the purposes of getting the
clock synced up is we’re going to turn on sync which is the middle button here,
turn it on for output 1, which is our USB output and what that will allow us to do
then is whenever Ableton Live is playing, it’ll send out a midi clock and then all
of the cool features inside of this MIDI controller can essentially listen to
that MIDI clock and get synced up. Many of these MIDI controllers have
settings to tell the controller whether or not it should listen to its own
internal clock, independent of Ableton Live, or listen to an external MIDI clock.
With this one you’re going to want to make sure that you switch it over to
external by going into your global settings, and going to MIDI clock, and
then changing the setting to external. We’re going to click that and make sure
that’s good to go. And so to demo this we are just going to
play Ableton Live, the loop is going to play and the built-in arpeggiator
is going to be synced to the clock of Ableton Live. Right? So, like magic now
you’ve got a baseline that’s synced up. Now specific to this MIDI controller, but
something that you might be able to find in others as well is that you can
control the the time division of the arpeggiator, so that right now we’re in
the sixteenth mode maybe that’s a little fast, we want to knock it down to one
eighth: Right? Pretty cool stuff, etc etc. And you can jam for hours with this
stuff all synced up. The sky is literally the limit when it comes to
sending MIDI out from Ableton. It’s really one of the most powerful ways to
use the software. And so in a future video, we’re going to taking a look at
not just how to sync up a MIDI controller, but really how to sync up
decade’s worth of music gear get them all on the right clock together, and
start sending some MIDI controls and MIDI notes to them to essentially create
a one-man-band, create a one-man orchestra which is really, I think, some of the cool
power of bringing a computer into your rig, as it allows you basically to have a
lot more hands, right? And a lot more musicians all acting in concert, all
synced up to to realize your ideas and your musical vision. So that is it for
today again I’m Justin DeLay from Reverb. We took a look at Ableton Live MIDI
input and the output MIDI controllers and I hope you have fun! Thanks.


Reader Comments

  1. lol this video explains nothing – even in it's nothingness, you didn't even show the one button he pressed haha
    nice try though (:

  2. Awesome video! My Ableton's Buffer Size dropdown menu only has 7 options (32 samples–2048 samples) and after trying all 7 of these buffer sizes, the latency is still absolutely terrible on my M-Audio Keystation 88 II. I have 64 GB of RAM and a 3 GHz 8-Core Intel processor. Does anyone know of anything else I can do to get my latency within an acceptable range??? Please help, thanks!

  3. I was told that a particular USB/MIDI host to run my Roland F20 USP only piano into an Alesis QSR sound module will make the transition to the MIDI ports of the QSR. I'm looking to be stand alone with no computer or tablet of any kind. BUT I was told that it this controller will not send a clock signal. Can you help me understand what a clock signal is and how this would effect me? Thanks for any help. Also is this the result of the F20 or the specific host I'm looking to buy?

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