Syncing Ableton Live via Midi

Hi All,

I would like to sync Ableton running in separate computers using midi clock. I am by no means a master of midi and clock timing.

I have got it to work before using both Mac to Mac, and Mac to PC with the Mac or PC set to master. My problem is getting a stable sync. I know i need to add delay compensation to allow for latency but the issue i have is nothing to do with that. When i sync the two copies of ableton you can actually see the slave midi clock seesaw around the desired BPM.

for example if i set it to 120BPM then the slave will be hovering somewhere around 119-121BPM.

I have tried with various Midi interfaces including:

RME FireFace 800, Moto 828Mk2, Novation Remote SL61.

If i set the Novation Remote SL as the Master clock then BOTH machines running ableton will sync perfectly to the midi clock/bpm.

Any ideas (other than just using the novation :P)?


feelingweird 6 years ago | 0 comments

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  • sixohsix
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    The latest beta of Live (8.2.4b1) includes improvements to the MIDI clock algorithm that seem like they might exactly solve your problems. Try it out!


    6 years ago | 0 comments
  • feelingweird
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    Thanks for the reply, i will test the beta mentioned in the thread and report back for all people following this.

    I will also supply all the different hardware combinations i use - including any differences between the 4 midi interfaces i have and the LAN connection.



    6 years ago | 0 comments

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