Category Archives: Looping

One Touch Looping with Ableton and Max (for Musicians)

Ok, so what’s going on here?

Large Global Quantization Clock: while doing live looping, this is to be able to quickly see where you are in the GQ – with a quick glance and away from the laptop (not having to be staring at tiny, tiny dials on the screen). Colors are adjustable. Currently only works in 4/4.

Streuner’s Looping Device: I had been looking for something like this for years and it finally exists thanks to Streuner and Evan. What this allows you to do is one-touch loop recording in Ableton!!! In the video, you can seen I’m using a mouse; however, the setup you see there is connected to an APC mini and with the configuration pictured, I can start a loop by pressing one of the grid buttons on the APC mini. You could also use a FCB1010 or whatever controller you like.

So the clip arm at 0:17 in the video can be done with a controller of your choice and then at 0:34 you see Streuner’s looping device automatically punching out after 4 bars (and you see that the global quantization clock is running at 4 bars). His device currently allows for auto punch out after 1,2 or 4 bars. Hopefully we can add 8 and 16 as well.

This functionality is really essential for musicians like myself who are using two hands to play and can’t punch out manually. Also, I find it’s a much more enjoyable experience to just start the loop and the rest is taken care of.

Some helpful tips:

  • Right click on the record arm to turn off the exclusive (single) arm preference. That way you can arm all 8 tracks at once – which allows for single button triggering of clip record.
  • Set all 8 track monitors to “off”. Then use additional tracks (8 & 9 in the video) for instrument ins and set the monitor to on. This setup will allow you to record into slots and keep your instrument(s) live.

Files:

Global Quantization Clock for Ableton (v4)

Streuners Looping Device (Mod 3)