What's the best way to sync and control a modular alongside Live?

I've been using Live with Volta but am not quite sure about it, not to mention that I find the dongle annoying. I've also given the Silent Way plug ins a try. Neither of them feel perfect, so I'm wondering what Live users that have modulars are using to make the two work together?

I'd prefer something that works with my soundcard (which has DC coupled outputs) rather than specialist hardware.

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edm 5 years ago | 1 comment

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  • Ableton_David Ableton staff
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    Have you looked into getting a hardware MIDI-CV converter? Additionally, a number of devices will convert USB MIDI to CV signals, such as this one: http://www.kentonuk.com/products/items/m-cv/usb-solo.shtml

    Also, most modular sequencers (if you're using one) have CV inputs or time syncing. These will usually accept a pulse that is timed to hit every quarter note, which you can send out from a channel on your audio interface.

    5 years ago | 1 comment
  • grnr
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    If your soundcard has DC coupled outputs, then you should try the Silent Way plugins, which send CV and Gate from your soundcard outputs.

     

    http://www.expert-sleepers.co.uk/silentway.html

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • dr_roland
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    Everything is working fine for me since I've bought this one:

    http://www.schneidersladen.de/innerclock-systems-sync-lock

    Never heard a midiclock beeing so tight!

    I also use some midi to cv converters like the other users.

    5 years ago | 0 comments
  • 6ix
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    You can download audio pulse files from tiptopaudio.com under the Circadian Rhythms download section.  From there, simply place the audio pulse into a drum rack, make a midi pattern that is equivalent to your ppq of choice, then send that audio out to your modular clock.

    For example, I have a Roland Octacapture and I'm using output #5 to send the audio pulse to a QCD which then sends clocks all over the place.  This is a solution that is free of jitter that can cause things to go out of sync when using midi.

    3 months ago | 0 comments

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