Ableton Click Meter Automation

Ableton

mattbillings

over 8 years ago (edited)

Hello, everyone! So, I'm interested in seeing/hearing everyone else's solution to addressing launching clicks for songs with multiple meter changes in session view, while using the default Ableton Click. Up until this point, I have restrained from using the built-in Ableton Click and have used a custom sound that has the capacity to easily take out the downbeat. That way, I would not need to worry about meter changes on stage. But.. the fact remains that the Live Click still sounds great, and I would love to use it if there is a convenient way to automate meter changes in session view with minimal interaction. I originally experimented with setting up multiple scenes that were set to different meters, but quickly switching back and forth between them on stage seemed a bit cumbersome... especially for quick changes. I also experimented with the IAC midi driver and setting up follow actions to automate the meter that way... it worked, but it seemed like a lot of work for something that could be more easily done in arrangement view. Any thoughts? Thanks for the help, everyone! -Matthew
justinjkent

over 8 years ago (edited)

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mike

over 8 years ago (edited)

Live 9 includes automation in session view, which I suspect will include meter changes. Calling all beta folks - can you confirm or deny my assumption?

scoottie

over 8 years ago (edited)

Nope. Sorry. No global automation for Session view in Live 9... only track based automation. Why not set global quantize to 1/4 or 1/8 note. Not as fast as turning it off... but fast enough? Also keeps everything in time when launching a new song/scene. Nothing worse than playing a having a hiccup with the click. Just a thought... not necessarily needed. Create a MIDI track with 1 bar MIDI clips for each time signature you want. You can dig around within the Live program files and find the audio files the software uses. Stick them in a Drum Rack or Impulse on that MIDI Track. Launch a new scene and the clip will play back whatever time signature click you want... and of course follows the BPM.
mattbillings

over 8 years ago (edited)

Scott, thank you for your reply! That is a great idea to pull the referenced audio click files and just go ahead and make a drum rack out of them.. in fact, this just might be a good opportunity to go ahead and make my own custom instrument rack for more flexibility! That is unfortunate that Live 9 will not feature meter automation in session view... however, with all the new features, I doubt we will even worry about that :)
scoottie

over 8 years ago (edited)

You can change meter by launching a new scene... and doing some MIDI porting you can create a "hack" to do it mid song. But the simplest way is usually the best!