First beat too loud ?

I have been using Live for awhile now, but recently I noticed an oddity (not sure if it's a bug or me) when creating some tracks. Often the very first kick is way louder than the subsequent kicks (to the point of clipping).

When the kick is in 4 bar loop (in a 8 bar clip) as the kick comes around to 2nd / 3rd / 4th loop, it does not overdrive - it's only the very first time when that clip is played.

If the clip ends and then restarts after a bar or two the same thing happens - the very first kick is overdriven.

There aren't extras instruments playing on the first beat - not any differently than the rest of the track.

I have tried turning down the velocity and volume of the first instance of the kick, but it still does it. 

I have muted all other instruments / tracks and it still does it.

It's almost like Live is surprised and temporarily overwhelmed by the first beat, but after that it is fine.

There doesn't appear to be a spike in the CPU usage when it happens


Thoughts, ideas?


dub_narcotic 5 years ago | 0 comments

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  • dub_narcotic
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    Should mention Ableton Live 8.1.4 (OS X)

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • neuronaut
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    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • Near Earth Object
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    My money would be on compression too. Compressor reacting too slow, probably, so it misses the compression on the first beat.

    5 years ago | 0 comments

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