why is Live overwriting my track?

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danny klim
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why is Live overwriting my track?

Post by danny klim » Thu Feb 08, 2018 9:30 pm

Hi, I’m trying to understand why Live is overwriting a track. Could you please help?

I have a recorded a grand piano part, then unarmed the grand piano track and am now trying to record a different track with different instrument (bells and Thinpad) in the mix to overlay on top of the piano. However, whenever I record with the Bells and thinpad instrument (or any other it seems), the grand piano track will be overwritten and erased. You can see the results in the screen shot below, it shows my project and the portion of the piano track that was overwritten when i recorded the bells and thinpad part.

Why is this happening and how can I record the second instrument without deleting the first?

Thanks, Dan


https://www.dropbox.com/s/sd5jwrf81xer5 ... 5.png?dl=0


(ps- both of these tracks are being played with the keystation 88, so i thought that might be a cause of the issue. but i tried playing the Bells and Thinpad track with the Push instead and it has the same effect)

markwphoto
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Re: why is Live overwriting my track?

Post by markwphoto » Fri Feb 09, 2018 2:13 am

Looks like you have midi arrangement overdub turn on. Turn off the + sign at the top next to the transport control.

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Re: why is Live overwriting my track?

Post by markwphoto » Fri Feb 09, 2018 3:01 am

Scratch the last post. I know what the issue is and I was able to recreate it. While you are in Arrangement mode and you have the track armed in Arrangement mode you are not recording exclusively in Arrangement mode!! You're actually recording your session clips to Arrangement mode + what every you are playing on your armed track. So what's happening is you recorded your Piano track. Next you armed you bells track and the piano gets erased as it plays. The reason is if you hit the tab key on you keyboard you'll see that the Piano track has no active playing clip in session mode. Therefore if the clip is blank it will erase what is already there. Again because you are not recording an active arrangement, you're recording session clips!!!

If you want to record in arrangement mode you need to click the back to Arrangement button in the top right next to the Set/Delete locator button, then play your midi keyboard.

When Arrangement mode is greyed out or ghosted it's only recording anything that is actively playing from Session clips.

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