Beat Repeat loop roll functionality

Hi folks. I currently use Live in a DJ capacity to play my productions for shows. Previously I used a DJ controller for this but I found it limited. However, one of the functions that I used often was the loop roll function, which allows a loop to be played that will not change the position in the song. As where a regular loop will continue to loop and then resume at the end of the loop when disabled, the loop roll would place you at the point in time in the song you should be at when disengaged. It was very useful for chopped & screwed styles.

I've been using beat repeat for this in Ableton, mapping the Repeat button to the pads on my controller and it does work in some capacity. However, what I have noticed is that this will only capture and loop the audio at designated points in time, not exactly when I want it to.

As an example, on the previous DJ controller I used, if you wanted to loop a snare drum on a track, you would engage the loop exactly at the same time the snare would hit. This was very easy to use and it's what I'm used to. However, I've noticed that in Live, when I engage the Repeat function in beat repeat, it will do nothing until it hits the "1" for the current quantization in time, at least this is what I think it's doing. As a result, I have to hit the pad directly AFTER the audio that I want to repeat, which is very difficult to do. I find that I have to force myself to hit this out of time with the audio to get the effect that I want, which really doesn't make a lot of sense to me.

Is there a way to get beat repeat to do what I'm trying to do, or is this just how it functions? If this won't work, can anyone recommend a plugin that will? Please let me know if I need to clarify this. 


ganzfeld 4 years ago | 0 comments

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