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.
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