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Attack phase of a clip sounds different than the actual audio file

  • Live Versions: 1 - 9
  • Operating System: ALL

Symptom

When playing an audio file in Live, the attack phase differs from the origin of the file. This is particularly noticeable on kick drums.

Reason

Live automatically applies 'safety' fades on clip edges. These fades help to avoid clicks that can occur if there is no zero-crossing on the waveform.

Solution

Safety fades can be removed:

In Session View:

  • Disable the 'Fade' button in the Clip View's 'Sample' box.

In Arrangement View:

  • Unfold the track to display the Fades/Device Chooser.
  • Select 'Fades'.
  • In the 'Track Display', zoom in on the beginning of the clip and drag the 'Fade In handle' to the left.

Live will always create safety fades on audio clips if the option 'Create Fades on Clip Edges' is activated in the 'Record/Warp/Launch' preferences. This function can be turned off but it is not recommended - it might result in clicks on clip transitions.

Additional Information

This solution refers to Live 8. In older versions, it is enough to deactivate the 'Fade' button, which is available in the 'Sample Box' (in both Session and Arrangement View).

Related tags: audio