Fading out loops in Ableton Live 9
on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:28am
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 - 4:28am

Alright, so I am fairly new to LoopCommunity as well as Ableton. We started incorporating loops into our worship after our keyboard/pad player left the band. We also started using "airey" pad loops that I trigger between some songs when one of our worship leaders may be talking or when our Pastor steps up. Here is my question. I know how to manually fade the loop in on the front end of the loop, but being able to fade the loop out has me perplexed. Right now, when I trigger the next song, the transition pad abruptly stops. I would like for it to fade out when I hit the next trigger before it moves on to the next song. I can't set a manual fade on the end, because we may transition for 30 secs, or 2 mins, it just depends. I'm not sure if any of you have run into situations like this, but there seems like there has to be a way to do this.

Thanks for your help!

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Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 11:03am
One solution would be to use a dummy clip. Track one scene 1 contains your pad stuff with the fade in. It is then routed to track two. Track two scene two contains a dummy clip controlling a volume automation. Launching scene 1 will fade your pad in. Launching scene two automates the volume output. Make sure to remove the stop button from track 1 scene 2.
Thursday, May 2, 2013 - 2:28pm
Thanks duganAudio! I am trying this solution out right now. Also, I just got our Keith McMillen SoftStep controller in yesterday, and I think I may be able to solve this by using a Y axis pressure key to control the volume. Do you have any experience with the SoftStep controller? This thing is a beast...with a lot of configuration setup. Anybody have like a quick set up for dummies videos?
Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 7:13pm
Thanks KP. I think I have figured this out, which will at least get me through tomorrow. Basically I have a ambient pad loop that when I trigger, the volume will be down, and I have a pressure button setup that increases the volume the more I step on it, once I remove my foot the volume goes back down. I just checked out your blog, I will continue to peruse through it. The biggest problem is that I am new to Ableton, the Softstep, and using a Midi in worship in general so I have the triple threat of handicaps right now. It boils down to me not knowing what I don't know. A training session might be my best route to take in the near future, at least to get me started down the right path. Thanks again guys.