Livesync

Livesync is a series of free Max For Live plugins that accurately synchronize tempos, song positions, clips and track parameters of Ableton Live sets via a network connection.

Note: this demo uses two copies of Ableton Live on a single computer, usually you will want to have multiple computers, each running one Live set.

Download

Download the Livesync plugins 2.1.4 plugins here.



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System requirements

  • Two or more computers that run Ableton Live 9 or higher with Max For Live, using Max 6.1.3 or higher.
  • The computers you want to synchronize need to be on the same network. The simplest configuration is to have a single ethernet cable between two computers. For multiple computers, connect them all to a simple switch such as this.

Tip: for most accurate synchronization, turn off your wireless network adapters (wifi). This will guarantee that only an ethernet connection will be used by the Livesync plugins.

How to use

  • Add a Livesync Master plugin to the Live set on the master computer.
  • Add a Livesync Slave to the Live set(s) on the slave computer(s).
  • The plugins should find each other automatically, the slave plugin should now show that the plugins are connected.
  • Press play on the master computer, the slave computer should follow along. To check the accuracy of the link, enable the metronome on both computers. With a proper network connection and the correct Offset setting, the playback should not be distinguishable as two separate sound sources.
  • Add the Livesync Clip Listener plugin on a track in the Master set where you have clips that you want to sync to the Slave sets. Note, the clips are synced by name, not by slot.
  • Add the Livesync Track Listener plugin on a track in the Master set where you want to sync the volume, mute and/or solo parameters to the Slave sets.

Note: it is possible that two computers are on the same network but cannot communicate. A way to make sure the computers can reach each other is to do a ping on one computer to the other computer’s ip address.

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