Does this approach sound reasonable for creating one mega set to play live with?

I have 9 songs, each in its own Live set with a lot of virtual instruments, effects, automation, etc.

I wanted to create one large Live set that I could perform live with and not run into CPU issues.  I tried merging all of the sets and by the time I got to the 5th song, it would barely play.

I also didn't want to have to adjust volumes after each song.  Let's say the synth should be nice and loud on one song but just background on another.  When the next song started, I didn't want to have to adjust all the volumes and remember where they all should be.

A couple pitfalls I ran into:

- Groups can't be merged into sets

- When I tried to record the output of a track or Group onto a new track, Sends/Returns don't get recorded to the new track (which I should have known).  To combat this, I made sure that any reverbs or delays that I wanted burned into the audio were on the actual tracks and not on Sends/Returns.


Then I did this:

- Create a copy of each of the individual song sets (so I don't mess with the original versions)

- Delete extraneous tracks (I had a couple guitar tracks that I'll only use live, looping live guitar)

- Create new audio tracks with input coming from each of the main tracks

- Set the volumes to the appropriate mixing level and record to arrangement (so that with a fader all the way up, it will be the appropriate volume for the song)

- Consolidate arrangement by track

- Split arrangement where the different parts should be

- Select each part (all tracks) and select "Consolidate Time to New Scene"

- Create new mega Live set to perform live with

- Drag in song I just edited


One pitfall I JUST ran into here:  These newly recorded audio clips have warping on them so they can loop and I'm noticing some audio artifacts.  I have 9 songs, each with 50 clips or so.  So I need to go through and delete ALL the transients so they're not warped again.  

Any ideas on how to get around this?


Would love to hear feedback on my approach and if I'm doing something the long way when there's a shortcut.






andymilk 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    As far as taking the warp markers off, you should just be able to press the warp button in the clip overview. That should take care of your transient markers. Or you can select a strip of audio and press delete, this usually takes care of the warp markers that are present.

    Select the ram option for your clips so that you are not waiting for your drive to send it to your ram whenever it needs to be accessed. 

    As far as your digital synth, you can always just record all of the notes from that particular synth and put them into Kontakt or Sampler to access them as a regular keyboard with some basic modulation functions.

    Do not adjust the volume faders. Leave them alone. Adjust the clip volumes to various percentages. Unfortunately, there is not much of a workaround with this one.

    I suppose, however, that you could just map a control to the volume faders, which will automatically adjust them for each song, however, you will have to do this for each song, and map one for each individual track. This would provide you with a more course control of the volume. but it could work to the degree that you need.

    does any of this help?

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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