Midi parts won't play. It shows they are playing but no sound is actually coming out.

Hi,

 

Ive been using Ableton for a bit over 6 months now. I had this problem in the past but it was not a big deal because my productions were small with few instruments and little layering. Now that my music is coming together and Ive progressed to start using VSTs they sometimes won't play. For example in my newest song this was my biggest problem: I used massive to create a melody. For a while it worked and everything sounded good but as I added on more instruments and sounds all of the sudden certain midi parts would just not play. It would show that the parts are hitting and there are levels but there was no sound. It was extremely frustrating because sometimes they would randomly turn back on. I have no idea what I was doing wrong. Sometimes when I would quit and restart Ableton everything would be ok for a few minuets and then a part would go out. Also sometimes an instrument would hit just one note and keep it going for ever until I stopped the song. Just one continuos tone. I use a MacBook and I use mostly Arrangement view. I am lost and I have no idea what to do. I had to give up and start a new project because it got too frustrating to turn on and off in hope that all the parts would play. 

 

Thank you

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ELItheRussian 2 years ago | 1 comment

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  • florepsymento
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    yeah whats with this!! bug bug bug bug bug!! 

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • CainKilledAbleton
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    Click "Live" at the top left hand corner of your computer screen. Click preferences. Click the MIDI/SYNC tab at the left. Then, under "control surface" select none rather the the preset APC20. That did the trick for me. If it still doesn't work for you, play around with the different options in "control surface."

    1 year ago | 0 comments
  • tuiim
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    Didn't work for me... Cmon Ableton crew, answers please!!

    9 months ago | 0 comments
  • suchablemuchsound
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    came here looking for a solution to the same problem
     
    Thanks ELItheRussian, but this is not the activator
     
     
    So this is a common bug?
     
    Im using quite old hardware, perhaps its driver related?
    Maudio Oxy8 Keyboard and Mbox2Mini
     
     
    Some official clarification on the issue would be useful.
    5 months ago | 0 comments
  • DJ KNKT
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    Same here. We need an answer Ableton. I bought PUSH about a month ago and I'm noticing that sometimes buttons are lit up, but don't play sound. Or, I'll record an automation and it won't play that automation; I'll then go to another part of the project and I'll hear the automation that was recorded. This definitely appears to be a bug…. Could we get some answers please?

    5 months ago | 0 comments
  • cwinz
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    Same thing is happening to me.  Everything sounds good when I'm recording and notes appear as they should... but playback does not pick up notes.  It seems to happen when I drop the tempo below 60 bpm and play a fast solo.  Very frustrating and if this can't be fixed I want my money back to invest in a better DAW. 

    3 months ago | 0 comments
  • Zedyn
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    Same problem is happening to me. I want something done. My equipment is useless for recording and i have push which was a huge waste of money if i cant create melodies with it

    2 months ago | 0 comments
  • Muminasso
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    Had same problem, looks like the first clip slot don't work... I moved it to slot 5 and then it played at first try!

    2 months ago | 0 comments
  • Quenepas
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    I have a Korg Taktile and only 15 keys emit sound out of 49 keys. Same thing with the pads. I can see they send midi signal but do not emit sound. Track is armed everything on in in-out, ruling out defective hardware since it works in other vst's, maschine, etc. 

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • magellan2k
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    Same problem here.

    I've used Ableton for years. Cannot remember this happening before.

    Using Windows 10 - perhaps related to this?

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • angovi
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    I had the same problem, I used Instruments rack, for some reason the chain selector moved when recording, that made the midi play but no sound coming out. I rearranged the chain selector and that solved the problem for me. 
     

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • nhradio
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    This will sound totally unrelated but I had some playback issues fixed once I turned my wifi off. This was with a macbook pro with the latest (at the time) version of Live.

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • sanktefi
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    Dont know if this is the same problem that was mentioned... but I am opening Old files where i have since changed to new interface... and guitar recordings are not playing back like they used to... The volume is moving and I see the wav file but no sound... I even export the wav file and no sound.... uuuh...Help please?

    1 month ago | 0 comments
  • [daw] Ableton staff
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    Hi everybody, 

    Just a quick suggestion from our side, if you experience any kind of playback issues, please get in touch with our support team and make sure to include a Status Report. 

    https://www.ableton.com/en/help/contact-support/

    Although an issue like "I don't hear audio" might sound similar to what you experience, but there could be many different reasons for such a symptom and we would like to look at this case by case. 

    Best, 

    daw

     

    28 days ago | 0 comments
  • AouxFLux
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    !!!! ANSWER HERE !!!!

    I was having the same problem until...

    You open up the Control Editor for Maschine and then everything is fixed.  You can close the window after that but the Control Editor needs to be opened at least once during your session.  Preferably do it before you open up live, but I just opened mine up during my session and then everything was fixed.  May the beats keep on rolling!

    28 days ago | 0 comments

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