audio slow to start on clip launch

I have a scene with some drums and melody all works fine. I wanted to create some pads so recorded audio of c major chords and created the audio clips. so ex c major chord, the d, then e etc all the way up to the next c so I have 8 clips going vertically down. I would like to play the clips at will. when i click them they take a short time to start almost like they have to wait for each other to finish before next one plays they are not looped. how can i get them to play immediately on clip launch.


hope that makes sense. its not computer related as its a 5ghz ssds throughout intel quad etc.

ultimately i could dump them into machine and trigger with those pads but i think its just my inexperience showing with Ableton.


PB21 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • [stm] Ableton staff
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    The clips do wait for each other - or rather, for a predefined point in musical time. This is called Launch Quantization, however it's just the default behavior and you can switch it off. You can read more about this mechanism in the Live manual here (under "Clip Lainch Quantization"):

    You can also simply set the global quantization setting to "None". Find this setting in the transport bar, right next to the metronome. 

    Hope this helps.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • afalden
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    I have an additional question to this ....I know about the quantization and I ve set my clips to 1 bar since it makes sense most of the time . However  I often start a song with playing an instrument in my own time and then set off the clips when i want to start the arrangement . I am aware that since the clips are waiting for predefined point in the music I have to make sure that the arrangement is also set to stop mode .

    But even if I do that , some times the clips are waiting before they start and sometimes they dont ... It puzzles me since I can't seem to find any reason why and when it happens .Hope this makes sense too ?

    1 month ago | 0 comments

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