What exactly is the difference between "In" and "Auto" in the monitoring section ?

Hey guys,

unfortunately, I just can't figure out the difference between "In" and "Auto" in the monitoring section of a track. Even though it is probably not that important, I kind of want to know.

I already know that you have to arm the track in order to activate monitoring when the track is set to "Auto" and that the track ignores all the clips on it when the monitoring is set to "In". 

Still, there does not seem to be a real difference between these two.

Anyway, it would be cool if you could help me out.


Kind regards,



Janne Mannse 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • The Puppeteer
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    Auto activates monitoring only in record mode.  When set to In, monitoring is always enabled.

    When monitoring is enabled you hear the audio inputs on the channel rather than the clips.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • padbury
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    Good question. It made me think! Not as easy to answer as it first seems. 

    "In" and "Auto" are both there for their own good reasons.

    The live performance features of Live (and controllers like Push or Launchpad) use the same "in" or "auto" settings as the recording and monitoring features of Live, which adds layers and layers of reasons to choose whether "in" or "auto" is right for each track.

    Best to experiment within your own work flow, the answer will present itself, as it did for me.

    "In" and "auto" do act the same in some scenarios, but "in" has limitations and Auto has many other uses. For example: "Auto" can be like a smart "in", as it can also predictably switch incoming audio on and off at important moments during performance, recording and arranging, silencing "unwanted" audio.

    You could consider at least these four: "In", "Auto", "Mute" and "Arm" as a powerful team to be used together in different combinations per track depending on the circumstance.

    I use "In" and "Mute" together often, as I like seeing all my incoming signals from regular instruments all of the time. At least at the start of a session. It helps me confirm all systems are go (or not).

    In the beginning "auto" seemed to get in the way, but using it helped me learn how to make Ableton really hum. 

    I think "auto" saves time during recording and arranging, I seem to accomplish more.

    Saving a template for new projects with "in" and "auto" predetermined across the blank midi and audio tracks can save time too. I use mostly "in" with a few "auto" in my template. And one track always "auto" and "armed", like the default template.

    I encourage you to experiment and you will find your own reasons when to use one or the other. 

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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