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Setting up ReWire with Logic

From: Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

Video: Setting up ReWire with Logic

Using ReWire, Ableton Live can be used in conjunction with other audio applications. Let's take a look at how you can use Live with Apple's Logic Pro. So first, you need to make sure that you open Logic first. Whenever we use Ableton Live as a ReWire slave, you've got to open the host program first. So now that Logic is open, and I've created a session here, I am going to open up Ableton Live. Now, as Ableton Live boots, notice that in the information here it's saying, "Running as a ReWire Slave." That's good! So now that I'm in Ableton, I am going to go ahead and I'm going to load a clip onto a track, and I am going to do that in Arrangement view.

Setting up ReWire with Logic

Using ReWire, Ableton Live can be used in conjunction with other audio applications. Let's take a look at how you can use Live with Apple's Logic Pro. So first, you need to make sure that you open Logic first. Whenever we use Ableton Live as a ReWire slave, you've got to open the host program first. So now that Logic is open, and I've created a session here, I am going to open up Ableton Live. Now, as Ableton Live boots, notice that in the information here it's saying, "Running as a ReWire Slave." That's good! So now that I'm in Ableton, I am going to go ahead and I'm going to load a clip onto a track, and I am going to do that in Arrangement view.

So let's go down here. I am going to pick a drum clip here real quick. I am going to drag and drop that on this MIDI Track here. It takes a second. Now it's loaded. Then I flip over to Session view, and I am going to go on that track, and I'm going to set the output of that to ReWire, and then the sub-channel will go to the specific ReWire Outputs. I'll leave that at Left and Right. Now, I'm going back over to Logic, and I am going to go up to the Track menu, and I am going to choose New Track.

I need to choose and set up an external MIDI track. Go ahead and click Create. In this case, it's already found it. Oftentimes, you will have to come over here, and you will have to choose Ableton over in the Library and then actually choose the particular track that you're looking for. So it looks like we're good to go there. Then next thing I'll need to do is drop down and open up the mixer. I need to create a track where I can capture the audio there. So I am going to go up to Options and choose Create New Auxiliary Channel Strip. I want that to be stereo, and I want the input to be from Ableton Live, and I want it to be the ReWire: Mix L/R Inputs.

Go ahead and click Create. I'll close the mixer and put my cursor back over here at the beginning. Let's click Play and hear what we get. (Drums playing.) So we can hear that I've got signal coming back from Ableton into Logic. Now if I make a tempo change here in Logic, I should be able to reflect that in what we hear coming back from Ableton Live. Let's give that a shot. (Drums playing.) So we can see that Logic is commanding what's going on in Live.

Now, another thing I can do here is I can actually put the MIDI on the Logic side and have it just sent back over to Ableton and trigger the instrument device that's sitting on that track. I am going to go back over to Live, flip over to the Arrangement View window, and I'm going to choose that MIDI Clip there. And I am going to go up to the File menu, and I am going to say Export MIDI Clip. For right now, I am going to go ahead and I am just going to put that on the desktop where I can find it really easily, and click Save.

With that done, I'm going to actually select the clip on the track in Ableton, and I'm going to hit my Delete key. Get rid of that. Now you will notice that the instrument device is still down here. I just got rid of the clip. So now I can go back over to Logic, and I'm going to bring the Finder window up on top of Logic, and I'll move that a little bit out of the way. Now, I'm going to grab that .mid file that I exported from Ableton and drag and drop that on the track. So now I have got the MIDI that was originally in Ableton sitting in Logic, and if I bring playback here to the beginning and hit Play, we should hear the MIDI go through ReWire, trigger the instrument that's over in Live, and then send audio back into Logic.

(Music playing.) If I want to speed that up, I can do that again. (Music playing.) So that's working pretty cool. Now I can also put audio on a track in Ableton and stream that through ReWire back into Live as well. So in this case, I am going to go over to Live, and I'm going to look a little bit further down in this folder of clips. Here we go. I am going to go in down into the samples, and then into the Loopmasters folder and then into my Bass Loops, and I am just going to grab one of these Hip-Hop loops, and I am going to drag and drop that on this audio track that we've got already here.

And just so I have got enough, I am going to duplicate that a couple of times. That's Command+D. Then I'll use my Tab key to move back over to the Session View window. Again, I am going to set my outputs to ReWire. This time, I am going to set the outputs to a second pair: 3 and 4 this time. I'll go back over to Logic, and then I am going to go back to the mixer and create yet another auxiliary channel strip. I will make that Stereo, and I will make the Input come from Ableton Live, but this time I'll choose buses 03 and 04, and click Create.

Now, when I hit Play, I should get both the drums playing, and this new bass audio coming back. Let me make sure that my cursor is here at the beginning. (Music playing.) Okay, that's working. Now, if I change the tempo here in Logic, that should force the audio file that's on that bass track in Ableton to warp and play at a different tempo. Okay. Let me play that, and let's see if we've got both that bass track and the drums playing, and I will change the tempo.

(Music playing.) Before you wind this up, one of the things you want to make sure that you do is we have got to save the Ableton Live set as part of our Logic setup here. So what I am going to do is I am going to go back to Ableton, and I am going to click File > Save Live Set As, and then I am going to go into the Exercise Files area, down to number 18.

Here's my Logic, ReWire session. I am going to go ahead, and I am going to save this as AL, Ableton Live, for Logic. Now, the reason I'm doing that is because the virtual instruments and audio that I'm using in Ableton Live are in no way part of the Logic session. So when I reboot the Logic session at a later date, I'm going to need to have the Ableton Live set that I can reopen, so that I can relink all of that. So back to Logic, and I will save what we've done here so far. Now, we are done.

So the ReWire routing can seem a bit confusing at first, but now that you see how it works, you can use your Ableton Live clips, virtual instruments, and effects as part of your Logic sessions. Give it a shot.

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 8m 43s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      4m 30s
  3. 12m 59s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      3m 31s
    3. Optimizing performance
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 42s
    1. Understanding Session view
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Live browsers
      5m 3s
    3. Working with Live clips
      7m 57s
    4. Understanding clip properties
      7m 52s
    5. Working with Live scenes
      6m 43s
  5. 28m 16s
    1. Building Live Sets and projects
      4m 25s
    2. Learning Live file management
      4m 2s
    3. Exporting content from Live
      7m 32s
    4. Importing and exporting Live Packs
      3m 17s
    5. Searching for and auditioning clips
      4m 58s
    6. Setting up frequently accessed folders
      4m 2s
  6. 23m 3s
    1. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 51s
    2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 32s
    3. Working with alternate MIDI entry methods
      6m 49s
    4. Using multi-output virtual instruments
      5m 51s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. The MIDI Editor
      4m 49s
    2. Quantizing MIDI data
      6m 6s
    3. Advanced MIDI editing
      6m 49s
    4. Setting up groove in editing
      6m 42s
  8. 9m 18s
    1. Preparing to record
      5m 0s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 18s
  9. 22m 37s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      3m 41s
    2. Recording in Arrangement view
      3m 51s
    3. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 21s
    4. Reworking clips
      9m 44s
  10. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding Live's mixer
      12m 38s
    2. Using sends and returns
      3m 47s
    3. Building headphone cues
      3m 49s
    4. Grouping tracks
      7m 43s
  11. 43m 14s
    1. Working with effect devices
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 14s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      7m 28s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      8m 18s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 22s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      6m 56s
  12. 15m 37s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      8m 38s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      6m 59s
  13. 25m 24s
    1. Building automation patterns
      8m 44s
    2. Editing existing automation information
      5m 3s
    3. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 10s
    4. Understanding the power of clip envelopes
      7m 27s
  14. 20m 17s
    1. Understanding the basics of looping
      6m 54s
    2. Creating tracks that loop smoothly
      7m 50s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 33s
  15. 17m 47s
    1. Using the computer keyboard to control Live
      6m 39s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      4m 36s
    3. Using Live's instant mapping feature
      6m 32s
  16. 10m 44s
    1. Exporting audio
      5m 37s
    2. Freezing tracks
      5m 7s
  17. 20m 45s
    1. Building with the Impulse virtual instrument
      11m 35s
    2. Working with the Simpler virtual instrument
      9m 10s
  18. 36m 22s
    1. Overview of Live racks
      10m 13s
    2. Combining instruments and effects into a single device
      8m 22s
    3. Adding effects with Drum Rack
      11m 28s
    4. Assigning rack parameters to macros
      6m 19s
  19. 13m 53s
    1. Setting up ReWire with Pro Tools
      7m 3s
    2. Setting up ReWire with Logic
      6m 50s
  20. 33m 43s
    1. Preparing audio clips with the Warp tool
      14m 31s
    2. Triggering clips using follow actions
      8m 9s
    3. Using Live as a sound source
      11m 3s
  21. 7m 21s
    1. Working with video files
      7m 21s
  22. 37s
    1. Further Recommendations
      37s

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