Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

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Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by a1studmuffin » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:37 am

One feature I've wanted in Ableton Live for ages is the ability to create a clip 'shortcut'. This feature would let you create a copy of a clip that, when modified, actually modifies the original clip and reflects it across the project to all clip shortcuts. This would be INCREDIBLY powerful and would be a HUGE timesaver.

A mockup of how it might work under Windows:

1. User creates a MIDI clip called "Foo":

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2. User creates a MIDI clip 'shortcut' by CTRL+SHIFT dragging "Foo" to the right (instead of CTRL dragging to do a regular copy). Both "Foo" clips now have some kind of reference/shortcut indicator on them to show they're symbolically connected (I've just used a red tab in the top right corner):

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3. User removes some MIDI notes from the second "Foo" clip. These changes are reflected immediately in the first clip.

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- This would work between session/arrangement view, and between different tracks.
- Clip 'shortcuts' could be turned into regular clips by consolidating them.

Does anyone else think this would be a killer feature?
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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by a1studmuffin » Thu Jun 21, 2012 6:41 am

Sorry to bump this again, but I didn't get any responses the first time. Does anyone else think this would be a great feature addition? In my eyes it would give Ableton Live reusable clips (akin to patterns in Trackers/MOD files), but without any of the clunky sequencing issues.

I'd love to hear from an Ableton developer about the viability of this - I'm a video game software engineer so we can talk shop. :)
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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by LeDids » Tue May 14, 2013 5:35 pm

+1 for this. It would be an awesome feature.
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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by alphadimension » Wed May 15, 2013 5:02 pm

yes amazing, like FL studio's patterns but not like in FL studio that you get lost trying to remember which pattern number it was, it is just there, multiple instance of the clip, perfect!

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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by a1studmuffin » Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:46 pm

Bumpity bump! This would be a killer unique selling point for the next version.
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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by vjandrea » Sun Jul 28, 2013 10:41 am

+1 this would be a HUGE timesaver

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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by olddognewtricks » Fri Aug 02, 2013 10:24 pm

Absolutely a game changer. I. Just found this post after posting this as one of my main frustrations with live coming from cubase where this feature is deadly on point. Check the other features I found missing here:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=196203

Thx for this post :)

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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by docbot » Wed Sep 04, 2013 6:20 pm

+1

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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by xbitz » Sun Sep 22, 2013 10:02 am

+1 (btw is there any good poly sequencer in live/max ?)

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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by eclipxe » Wed May 09, 2018 8:26 pm

Would love this...

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Re: Clip shortcuts (aka. references, clones, symbolic links)

Post by docbot » Sun Mar 03, 2019 12:31 am

+1

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