Capturing Arpeggiated MIDI Notes
On 30th March 2019, Motion hosted Machina Bristronica, a synth expo organised by Elevator Sound. This music event featured stalls from companies including Ableton, Isontonik Studios, Korg and Teenage Engineering, as well as guest speakers including Bristol’s own DJ Krust and Steve Davis OBE (yes you read that correctly, that’s the 6 time World Snooker Championship winner). I went along and picked up a useful Ableton tip which I wanted to share in this post.
Ableton Certified Trainer Tom Glendinning was running an Intro to Ableton Live 10 workshop at that day. Toward the end of the session, Tom walked through new features in Ableton Live 10 and during the Q & A, was asked if it was possible to use capture to record MIDI notes from an arpeggiated sequence. Although capture doesn’t do this, Tom did suggest a workaround.
The technique involves routing a MIDI track with an arpeggiator MIDI device as an input to another MIDI track to capture the arpeggiated MIDI notes.
I’d used input and outputs to send and receive audio signals before, but it never occurred to me to use it with MIDI in this way. The rest of the post will walk through how I remember Tom doing this.
Operator (or any instrument of your choice)
Click the screenshot to the right to enlarge the image. The number circled corresponds to each step.
The Live Pack that accompanies this tutorial is available below in the Article References. Download and explore the set or perhaps create your own set from scratch by following the steps in this article.
Missed Machina Bristronica 2019? Don’t worry, it’s happening again in 2020! Check out the Article References for further details.
Check out Tom Glendinning’s website here.
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