Introducing BeatSeeker by Andrew Robertson

A new device that syncs Live’s tempo with drums

Berlin, Germany, August 27th, 2015


Bands who use Live in their setup often use a click track to make sure they’re in time. The drummer follows the computer and their groove locks to the grid. Ableton is pleased to present BeatSeeker: a Max for Live device designed to reverse these roles. Now Live doesn’t have to set the tempo; it can follow it.

The introduction of BeatSeeker lets drummers take control and helps bands maintain their natural groove when performing with Live. BeatSeeker works by detecting the BPM of any rhythmic audio signal and matching Live to its tempo. Then you can launch clips and BeatSeeker adapts Live’s tempo to respond to the signal and keep on the beat. Drummers can switch between playing to a click or having Live react to shifts in tempo by using one simple control, which can MIDI-map to a footswitch or other controller.

Watch the BeatSeeker demo

BeatSeeker is designed for use with live drums, but can also be used by DJs to sync Live with turntables, or with any other rhythmic or percussive signal used in performance or production. The device has been developed by Andrew Robertson, based on research at at the Centre for Digital Music, Queen Mary University of London.

BeatSeeker is available now from the Ableton website for USD 29 / EUR 24.

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About Ableton

Ableton makes Live - a unique music creation and performance software - and Push, a hardware instrument for playing and composing with Live. Ableton was founded in 1999 and released the first version of Live in 2001. Since then, the company has received outstanding press, numerous awards and attracted a worldwide community of dedicated musicians, composers and DJs. The company headquarters are in Berlin, with an additional office in Los Angeles. Ableton is run by its original founders and currently has about 230 employees.

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