Solution to Ableton Live 9 playback issues.

Hi everyone,

I spent some time wrestling with the Ableton Live 9 playback issues and I discovered a solution which works every single time (at least for me), regardless of how many patches or channels I am using.

I am sure you have all experienced the terrible playback CPU spikes, broken audio, and distortion.

Turn on Live, load your set and hit play. My playback issues usually start immediately and I am running a 16 GB Ram, i5, so clearly it has something to do with the software itself. At this point I go into Preferences and I change the sample rate from 44100 to 32000. Some of the instruments drop out as certain patches will not work on 32000, not to worry, at this point I switch back to 44100 and all my playback issues are mysteriously fixed and Live runs smoothly. Try it out.




mindriot 3 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Kots24
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    Hello guys

    I have had this problem for a long time and i sadly cant use the programm because of this... When i first got my recording gear it worked fine for about a month. after that I keep getting those weird noises on playback. I play guitar and i simply cant use the program to record anymore cause this problem wont solve.


    I tried your trick but i get excactly the same sound. The trick with the save and load file didnt work either :(. I excpected better from ableton.

    If u find any other solution please help me.

    11 months ago | 0 comments
  • Destruction Of Atlantis
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    So strange but this worked for me also. Thanks for sharing :)

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • Brettm1010
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    I have had this problem as well and find that if i do a save right after i load a set it fixes the issue as well. My best guess is that saving it again allocates a new block on the HD so your loaded set and the new stuff you are working on is in one contiguous sequence and your hd isnt having to move all over the place causing buffer issues. A solid state drive might not have that problem. But that is just a bad guess i would assume everything is loaded into memory anyways..

    1 year ago | 0 comments

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