Synfire & DAW (Ableton Live)

Learn how to synchronize Synfire with Ableton Live using Drones and how export your composed music with drag & drop.

The music sample used in this video is absolutely random - Synfire fits any style.

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When you get time can you make a video or even just an explanation on how to use synfire with the native ableton instruments? A the moment I using the virtual midi cables rather than a drone, but not sure if this is the best thing to do. Btw this video is great for ableton, synfire and vsti integration, I'd somehow forgotten the transport setting in live.
Thanks

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You should be able to use the built-in Ableton instruments through a MIDI Drone (be sure you use the VST Drone. AudioUnit does not support MIDI output). Make the Ableton instrument listen to the output of that drone ("MIDI From" menu).

For whatver reason though, I could not get the instrument to respond yet (works fine in Reaper, so the drone is not the issue here). I'm not very familiar with Live, perhaps you can find out?

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Ive tried putting a video on youtube of using Ableton Live instruments with drones.

Its only a quick test containing one drone so still have a couple of things to test/work out:

 

Clicking a clip record button didnt wait for synfire to start playing, so had to start synfire looping then capture a full loop and trim afterwards. However arrangement view worked perfectly as expected.

I only captured the start of the song in clip mode so I dont know if the clip will be recorded at a time equal to the position in the synfire track thats set to loop.

I only used one Drone and one synfire track, there doesnt appear to be a way to tell a midi track which channel to get the notes from, you can only select the midi track with the drone and then the drone vst. This may mean that a separate drone is required for each Ableton live instrument.

 

Sorry about the poor audio quality, it recorded via the mic in the laptop. The video quality is set to mobile quality so its pretty poor but the video was fuzzy in imovie anyway and I couldnt work out how to change its quality.

 

http://youtu.be/jmSm0X6adzA

 

let me know if there is some other way or place of posting it in the Synfire site.

 

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You can use the "youtube" tag plus the video's id.

Thanks a lot for taking the time to make that video. Great quality. The easiest way to export small clips to Live, by the way, is by drag & drop from the MIDI drone. I will eliminate pressing the "Export" button with the next update. Then a simple drag will do it at any time.

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