To crop or not to crop?

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Joram Gabriel
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To crop or not to crop?

Post by Joram Gabriel » Thu Feb 10, 2011 12:56 pm

Hey!
Currently I'm working on a liveset with my own material.
It's build up like this: About 15 songs, each on 4 tracks (Low, perc, mel, fx) and split in about 10 parts so I can browse and skip quickly through those parts, track independent.

Now I was thinking is it better to crop or not?
Because if I don't crop, one song contains 4 audio files (Low, perc, mel, fx) and Ableton uses the same source file for the parts I skip through.
If I do crop, one songs contains like 40 audio files (10 parts per track). But... these are relatively small.

I can't figure out what's better for you CPU or memory...
Hope someone out there does!

Thanks,

Joram

(I have a macbook pro late 2007, 2,2 ghz, 4 gig ram, 7200 rpm, 160 gig HD.)

silveriofunk
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Re: To crop or not to crop?

Post by silveriofunk » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:58 pm

I tend to crop the clips, also i freeze and flatten most of the effects that are in each track, i only leave around 4 effects i can tweak live . My biggest set is 8 channels of audio, 4 of midi (to send midi to my colleague who uses modul8 to control visuals) and around 140 scenes. I also have same mac you have and i have no problems,
cpu at 30% or so... not ideal but not bad considering the amount of clips you can have with that many scenes.

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