How to playback only one clip at a time always?

Hi,

I'm using a Launchpad with Ableton Live and I have created 64 clips that I want to have full random access to, one clip per pad.

However, I only want 1 clip to play at a time, as the clips are independent and not designed to be played over top of each other.

IOW, I want behavior as if I had all 64 clips in a single track (column in Session view), but I need to splay them out across 8 columns (8 x 8 = 64) so they are visually and physically all available at once.

Somehow I need to tell Live to "treat all tracks as a single track" or "treat all clips as exclusive".

How can I accomplish this? 

I'm dreading to hear that "that's not possible" - but the application seems so obviously useful to me that I can't believe that in all these years this use case has never been accommodated. 

Could someone kindly advise me here?

 

 

 

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sj1 1 month ago | 0 comments

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  • Near Earth Object
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    The whole point of having a session view is that you can trigger more than one clip at the same time. That is also the whole point of a controller like the one you mention. If all you want is play one clip at a time, the only reasonable way i could come up with is this; since Live only plays one clip per track at a time, and you have 8 tracks layed out on the controller: maybe solo the channel that holds a clip you want to play; that way you are sure there is only one track that you can hear. Another way would be to change the launch mode of clips to something like gate mode (clip only plays when button is pushed). There are probably other ways as well. One being that you only trigger the one you want to hear and make sure the others are simply turned off. Once you trigger a next clip, stop the other one.

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  • sj1
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    Hi.  Thanks for the commentary.  

    The point is, the clips in this case are, in essence, entire scenes (multi-instrument complex chunks of music).  They are meant to be accessed/played in random order (or more accurately, the composition is meant to be built on-the-fly based on the user's knowledge of what the clips contain).   

    Live does a wonderful thing for clips in a single track - it finishes one before it starts playing the next and thus keeps everything in time and on-beat.  This is amazingly powerful for arranging.

    There is no controller that puts 64 buttons in a single line - and even if there were it would be very unwieldy to use.

    However, there are several excellent controllers which put 64 buttons in an 8x8 grid (e.g. Launchpad Pro), they work very well and are very easy to use.

    I just want my 64 clips to be callable via my 64 buttons in the "normal" wonderful way!  (as-if they were on a single track)

     

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    I found a way - Toggle mode!

    If all the clips have their launch mode set to 'Toggle', then it is possible to do a little finger dance and make it happen.

    Rules:

    1.  All clips in question have launch mode set to 'Toggle'

    2.  If new clip is on the same track, just select it (magic!)

    3.  If new clip in on a different track, turn off (toggle off) the old clip FIRST (it will play to conclusion).
        Quickly, before the old clip concludes, select/turn on the new clip (it will start when the old one stops).


    So, when spanning tracks to start a new clip, you need to touch two buttons, in order, with sufficient time prior to the old clip reaching it's end/repeat point.

    Certainly this is more complex and prone-to-error than the magic case when the outgoing and incoming clips are both on the same track.

    But it does work!!

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  • sj1
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    FWIW, I suggest Ableton implement an additional launch mode - 'Exclusive'.

    Exclusive: down starts the clip, and stops (in time) all other clips set to Exclusive.

    IOW, behave as-if all clips set to 'Exclusive' were on the same track.

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  • Near Earth Object
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    That's what i said: change launch modes :-)
    At least it works, (sort of) and that's what matters.

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