Link, Synchronization, and ReWire Ableton Link is a technology that keeps devices in time over a wired or wireless network. The External Sync Switch. Link is built into Live as well as a growing number of iOS applications, and any Link-enabled software can play in time with any other Link-enabled software simply by joining the same network. Go to the Options menu, and then access the Time Ruler Format sub-menu. Time signature and tempo will be determined by the settings in the ReWire master application.

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The step-by-step procedure for sending MIDI to and receiving audio from a ReWire slave program is presented in the routing chapter see Changing the tempo at rewkre sync master e.

Live will run in ReWire slave mode if it detects a running ReWire master application upon startup. However, as expected, running two audio-intensive programs on the same computer requires more resources than running a single program. When using Link, you can start and stop playback of each device or application independently of every other connected device or application.

The programs in a ReWire connection play distinct roles: Tempo changes made by any participant in a Link session will override tempo automation in your Live Set. The first app or Live instance to join a Link session will set the initial tempo for the others.


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External synchronization will be disabled synchronize to the ReWire master application instead. Link can be used, however, when Live is the ReWire master.

This site uses cookies. To adjust the delay, have both Live and the other sequencer play aboeton rhythmical pattern with pronounced percussive sounds. After you trigger playback, Live will wait until this bar is filled before starting. Likewise, you will first have to quit Live, then the ReWire master application. If the master jumps to a new position within the song, Live will do the same.

This can either be a local network or an ad-hoc computer-to-computer connection. Both protocols work with the notion of a sync masterwhich delivers a sync signal that is tracked by the sync slave s.

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Anleton Link-enabled apps or instances of Live can then change their tempo at any time and all others will follow. The sample rate is determined by the host application rather than by Live.

It is possible to sync start and stop commands across all connected apps that have Start Stop Sync enabled. Timecode messages carry no meter-related information; when slaving Live to another sequencer using MIDI Timecode, you will have to adjust the tempo manually. Click to toggle Link on or off. Live can be synchronized via MIDI to an external sequencer.


Link, Synchronization, and ReWire Ableton Link is a technology that keeps rewirf in time over a wired or wireless network. This can be useful in compensating for delays incurred by the signal transmission.

Tempo abldton cannot be tracked. The rate of the incoming ticks is tempo-dependent: Find out more here. Live will not send sync or controller messages to the MIDI output.

You can then activate external sync either by switching on this button or by using the External Sync command in the Options menu. No audio input will be available to Live. Live aableton not act as a ReWire master application. If your Live Set contains any tempo or time signature changes, they will be ignored.

The External Sync Switch. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Live will interpret a Timecode message as a position in the Arrangement.

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