How to smoothly make tempo changes in Session View?

I know about the Lanch Tempo in a scene name... But how YOU actually do it in a live set?


n-light 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • edm Ableton staff
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    One hack I've used it to have a range of scenes with different tempos but with the play buttons removed from all the empty clip slots (just select them, then hit Cmd + E). I can then use these to move from tempo to tempo, in time, without interfering with what's playing.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • Robbie Bubble
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    Sorry to be posting a link, but on Jon Margulies (Hobotech) has compiled awesome tips on how to make smooth and precise BPM changes using Midi Macro Clips. It is a very elegant method. Start reading at "Midi Macro Clips" and read until "Round Number Tempo Madness - on ice". You will be delighted.

    I prefer this method to manually mapping global tempo to a MIDI controller as it gets tedious to be turning a knob through a 16 bar transition.

    2 years ago | 1 comment
  • headquest
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    It is possible to map the global tempo to a MIDI controller and simply dial in the tempo changes smoothly in real time. This can be done separately for the bpm and the fine tempo setting, so you can have larger or smaller changes depending on what you wish for.

    Launches scenes with launch tempo in the scene name still overrides this allowing precision tempos when you select a scene.

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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