When I'm making loops from live instruments in a track. I set the input for the track into which I'm recording to the track I want to record, post-effects but not post-fader. You want to get the exact signal out of that track pre-fader that you'd use if you mixing that track, but before any attenuation.
    I don't think of these things as secrets and I am not a supernatural being. This is the sort of thing you learn from living with Ableton Live over several years. A big reason I'm such a fan of Live is that it is very deep and at the same time pretty consistent. You can pretty much drag anything from anywhere to anywhere that it might make sense; if it feels like you should be able to do something in Live, you can.

    Another thing to think about when you're recording clips out of a song is how loud are they? You're using the tracks horizontally to put clips from similar song sections together, but vertically you are re-using the same tracks for different songs. So if one set of clips are at -14dB RMS(Average) level, and the next is at -24dB RMS, you're going to have to mess with the fader during performance to even things out.

    I just watch levels when I'm recording clips and so far it's worked out OK, but if I was going to be anal about it, I'd batch process the clips in my live set to the same RMS level. I can do this in Sound Forge, I don't know what tools you have that would allow this.

    The other way to deal with this is a little more time-consuming, but not necessarily in a bad way. When you're rehearsing your set, listen for (or visually inspect) clips to find the ones with wimpy levels. Then use the per-clip volume control to raise it's level to where it balances with other clips on the same track.

    Another important thing -- BACK UP YOUR LIVE SETS! If you're doing non-trivial work on an hour or more of music, and particulalry when you're pulling in tracks from other songs to record them to clips, you can experience crashes, and I hate having to restore a Live Session after a crash -- it's likely to crash again.

    It actually would be great to set up a version control system like GIT and save versions of your live sets periodically that way. But learning to use GIT is a whole different topic.

    An addendum to rule #4 -- you can't always depend on getting clean power in a venue, so buying a decent plug strip with good surge protection is a great investment!
    chaircrusher 6 years ago