Launching clips starting on 8th note upbeats - resolved

I have a song in 4/4 time whose 4-measure-long MIDI clips consist entirely of 8th note upbeats. These clips begin on the 'and' of beat 4.

What I want to do is have Clip A loop indefinitely, and then for the ending of the song play Clip B one time, with a seamless transition.

So far I haven't found a way to do this.

If I move the Start Marker to the first note (the 'and' of four of measure 1), Ableton interprets this as a downbeat (which you can tell by turning on the metronome click).

From the searches I've done so far, it appears this is something Ableton can't do. Am I missing something, and if so, what?

Thanks in advance.

Bob

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bobk88 11 months ago | 0 comments

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  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    Have you changed the global or the clip launch time? there is a dropdown section near the metronome that says 1 bar, 2 bars, etc. This would allow you to time the clip launch as you see fit.

    you can also change this by going into the clip overview section available in the bottom left corner while viewing the notes of the clip, hit the L button next to the notes and envelope button, which will allow you to dictate when (on what interval) the clip can be launched. In your case, you can choose 1/8th and the follow actions as well to the correct times.

    hope this helps.

    post back with any other questions.

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • bobk88
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    Yes, I know about Global and Clip quantization. I tried setting them to 1/8, one at a time and then together, and that didn't help.

     
    I read about Follow Actions, but I don't think they relate to this issue (unless I'm missing something).
    10 months ago | 0 comments
  • bobk88
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    Solution:

    Set Clip B's start marker to the 'and' of beat 4, and the clip launch quantization to 1/8.

    When ready to move to Clip B, trigger it right after beat 4 of the last cycle of Clip A.

    What I don't understand is why, if Clip B is triggered alone (i.e., without Clip A playing), with the Start Marker on the 'and' of beat 4, Live considers this to be a downbeat, as I mentioned above (even if Global Quantization is set to 1/8).

    10 months ago | 0 comments
  • michael.j.mclaughlin20
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    You can also use the legato function which allows you to switch between different clips and have the next scene pick up where the previous one left off.

    10 months ago | 0 comments

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