Can't record external instrument


I don't seem to be able to record an external MIDI synth using the External Instrument device. Whenever I try to record in any way -ie freeze the track or render the mix, the recording fails after 10 attempts, saying 'waiting for external instruments or effects to become silent' each time. There's no significant audible noise on any of the inputs being recorded, so I think this is either a spurious error message, or the noise threshold is set way too low. This is quite frustrating- I can play my external synths via MIDI, but can't record their audio outputs in Live...

Anyone any thoughts on what might be going on?

I've tried routing the audio out of the track with the External Instrument on it into another track for recording, incidentally, and it's recorded with a delay, which makes that useless. I know latency with external MIDI devices is a minefield, judging my all the posts about it, so I'll leave that to another post, I think.

MacOS X 10.7.7
MOTU 828 Mk.3 (latest drivers)
MOTU MIDI Express 128
Live 8.2.8


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  • Near Earth Object
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    I have had the same problem with some of my hardware. Nord Lead 2, for instance,does not work with the external instrument plugin somehow.
    What does work however (in my case) is this:
    Insert a new midi track, and route it to the midi channel that controls your external device.then insert a new audio track, and set the input to the channels your external device uses. You can change the latency by changing the track delays.
    In the worst case you have to record the audio real time.

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • tman89123
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    Try recording in arrangement view. I recorded midi tracks for my bass line using session view but tried to record audio from external keyboard and it didn't work properly. Switched to arrangement view - SUCCESS!!!

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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