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Ableton Live vs. hardware looper
I'm new to the list and new to looping (please don't hit delete yet!).
A basic question, I think, for the experienced users out there:
Can I get the live looping capability I'm hoping for using Ableton Live
3.0 and a midi foot controller, such as is available on the numerous
hardware loopers such as the Boomerang, Electrix, Echoplex, etc.? If
not, is there any software solution for Mac OS X that will do what I'm
At minimum, I need foot control and instant loop start/playback. I'm
hoping for midi sync with a sequencer (software and/or hardware based).
Ideally, I'd also like these features:
- multiple track loop input/output/undo where I can lay down
loops and then remove/replace individual tracks.
-support for at least 2 simultaneous users, preferrably w/
foot controllers that can each be set to manipulate separate tracks on
the same loop
-support for audiounit instruments and effects
-I'd like it to be freeware. (ha)
I've been playing around with a demo of Ableton Live and just can't
figure out if it has the capabilities I need. Maybe someone with a
better understanding of Live can offer some advice? If figured out how
to record input at a basic level, but I can't figure out how to get a
loop to overdub. It mentions that "resampling" is not possible with
the demo version, is that the feature I need to do what I want? I
don't want to drop a few hundred on this software and find out it's not
what I need.
O.K., so maybe that's not so "basic" a question as I thought. Thanks
though for reading and thanks in advance for your input.