trying to do some live looping, running into a painful issue

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trying to do some live looping, running into a painful issue

Post by elijahlucian » Fri Jan 11, 2019 5:22 am

Hey friends, I am currently trying to jam out live loops with ableton, but I keep running into an issue, If I am recording a loop and I hit the "stop recording" pad on my launchpad a little too late, it adds another 4 beats to my loop, even though 99.9% of that bar is empty.

Is there a way to automatically trim empty bars if I hit the stop button shortly after a loop? seems like this should have been thought of and implemented by now... :twisted:

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Re: trying to do some live looping, running into a painful issue

Post by S4racen » Fri Jan 11, 2019 8:14 am

No, it's called timing, do it before you read h the end of the loop (it sounds like you have your quantise set to a bar so you can do it at any point in the final bar)...

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Re: trying to do some live looping, running into a painful issue

Post by Angstrom » Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:19 am

This isnt much of a solution but I also have the kind of timimg which sees me hit "end of loop" ... precisely 3 ms after I should do

So, I wrote a thing for my footpedal which truncates the clip to the closest bar, or wherever I need it to be. It's probably not too transferable to anyone elses setup. However, if you have any skill in programming its a pretty simple set of calls to the Live API from python. Install it as a live remotescript. That sort of thing.

Actually, it would be relatively easy to make a M4L device which does the same thing, and map that to a MIDI input.

In case you vaguely understand what I'm talking about here, this is part of the Python remotescript, (I'm sure there's a framework method for this) but anyway ...

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def setcliplooplength(self,value):
		self.current_slot_clip = self.song.view.highlighted_clip_slot.clip
		loop_end = self.current_slot_clip.loop_end
		loop_start= self.current_slot_clip.loop_start
		loop_duration = loop_end-loop_start
''' whatever you want to do with your durations here, but I'll just set this as an example ----
		fixedlength = 8.0
''' 
		self.current_slot_clip.loop_end = loop_start + fixedlength

that's roughly how I do it.

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Re: trying to do some live looping, running into a painful issue

Post by elijahlucian » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:44 am

S4racen wrote:No, it's called timing, do it before you read h the end of the loop (it sounds like you have your quantise set to a bar so you can do it at any point in the final bar)...

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lol. timing.. dude, when you are strumming a guitar, it's kind of hard to hit the "stop the recording" button....

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Re: trying to do some live looping, running into a painful issue

Post by elijahlucian » Sun Jan 13, 2019 8:47 am

Angstrom wrote:This isnt much of a solution but I also have the kind of timimg which sees me hit "end of loop" ... precisely 3 ms after I should do

So, I wrote a thing for my footpedal which truncates the clip to the closest bar, or wherever I need it to be. It's probably not too transferable to anyone elses setup. However, if you have any skill in programming its a pretty simple set of calls to the Live API from python. Install it as a live remotescript. That sort of thing.

Actually, it would be relatively easy to make a M4L device which does the same thing, and map that to a MIDI input.

In case you vaguely understand what I'm talking about here, this is part of the Python remotescript, (I'm sure there's a framework method for this) but anyway ...

Code: Select all

def setcliplooplength(self,value):
		self.current_slot_clip = self.song.view.highlighted_clip_slot.clip
		loop_end = self.current_slot_clip.loop_end
		loop_start= self.current_slot_clip.loop_start
		loop_duration = loop_end-loop_start
''' whatever you want to do with your durations here, but I'll just set this as an example ----
		fixedlength = 8.0
''' 
		self.current_slot_clip.loop_end = loop_start + fixedlength

that's roughly how I do it.
hey man.. actually this is really great! do you by chance have a link to the live api documentation?

This is pretty exciting! Also I just bought the M4L extension, but I feel like the learning curve is really frigging hard haha.

Any tips you have on getting started with M4L would be much appreciated as well.. :)

Thanks!

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