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murcalumis
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Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by murcalumis » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:02 am

This does not have to do w/ retina displays.

I have a 1920x1080 display on a PC (not MAC).

This is basically a fix for high res screens that aren't retina, but for all I know this may fix retina issues as well.

There were a lot of posts all over about blurry or pixilated Ableton displays, mostly text blur issues. I wasn't sure where to to put this solution, so I started a new thread...my first post here.

None of the many threads that I found really helped. A big thanks to PC Audio Labs who sold me my DAW and cured my woes:
1. find the Ableton executable file - which is usually in c:\programdata\ableton\live 9 suite\program\
2. then right click on the .exe
3. select "properties"
4. then under compatibility, tick the box next to "disable display scaling on high DPI settings".

You may have to close and open the Ableton for the changes to take effect.
Not great photos, but on my end its night-and-day wonderful!

before (at 100% in preferences/look-feel/zoom display) - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2a9tZ ... EFRb0x2Y28[note that although the photo shows the disable box clicked the changes have not been applied in the photo yet]

after (at 120% because everything shrank and I had to increase the display) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2a9tZ ... GlxeWVIaGs
Last edited by murcalumis on Wed Dec 31, 2014 11:55 am, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by Stromkraft » Wed Dec 31, 2014 5:17 am

murcalumis wrote:This does not have to do w/ retina displays.

I have a 1920x1080 display on a PC (not MAC).

There were a lot of posts all over about blurry or pixilated Ableton displays, mostly text blur issues. I wasn't sure where to to put this solution, so I started a new thread...my first post here.

None of the many threads that I found really helped. A big thanks to PC Audio Labs who sold me my DAW and cured my woes:
1. find the Ableton executable file - which is usually in c:\programdata\ableton\live 9 suite\program\
2. then right click on the .exe
3. select "properties"
4. then under compatibility, tick the box next to "disable display scaling on high DPI settings".
Not great photos, but on my end its night-and-day wonderful!

before (at 100% in preferences/look-feel/zoom display) - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2a9tZ ... EFRb0x2Y28

after (at 120% because everything shrank and I had to increase the display) https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2a9tZ ... GlxeWVIaGs

What a great tip. Thanks.
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dewaldo
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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by dewaldo » Thu Jan 01, 2015 2:37 am

anyone know of a similar workaround for macs? I'd like to have non blurry text on zoom settings other than 100 or 200%

soundnaut
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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by soundnaut » Mon Feb 16, 2015 5:11 pm

murcalumis i love you!!! :D

rmfought
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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by rmfought » Sat Jun 27, 2015 8:02 pm

Awesome, night and day difference. Thanks!

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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by stuartm » Mon Jul 06, 2015 5:53 pm

That tip just prevented me from returning my 2nd hand Surface Pro tablet.
Now Live9 is crystal clear in all zoom sizes.
Thanks a lot!

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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by jett.ilagan » Tue Jul 07, 2015 9:38 pm

:lol: thanks!
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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by stemingway » Fri Jan 01, 2016 1:45 am

This worked great except now everything is too small even after I changed the zoom display to 200%. The preferences are so small they're pretty much unreadable too.

Any tips for keeping the crispness but making everything normal sized?

yentzee
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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by yentzee » Mon Dec 05, 2016 4:50 pm

thanks, problem solved !!!

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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by Dandy Dust » Sat Jan 28, 2017 3:58 pm

Hello all,
my problem: I use Win7 64bit and may not change the settings mentioned above.
They appear grey and I can not aktivate or deaktivate them.
Any suggestions what to do, when those properties appear grey?
TNX, Dandy

WORKARROUND: I can still not change those settings, but I managed to get clear ableton letters -->

i had the letters set to GIANT in my system settings. Now that I put them back to Standard (100%)

Ableton Live appears CLEAR. Unfortunately all my computer is set back to tiny letters, which I cannot read without my glasses on.

I would still be thanksfull for a better solution.

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Re: Blurry or pixilated text in Ableton Live

Post by GROW » Sat Jun 03, 2017 6:22 pm

SAME...When i do disable the display scaling it does get crisp but just way too small to read. There has to be a fix for this.

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