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As computer musicians, it can sometimes get lonely on stage. Live allows us to perform with other musicians using computers or hardware by sending and receiving MIDI clock for synchronization. First, we need to decide which computer will be the master. The master will have the control over the transport and global BPM. Then we can connect as many computers or hardware devices capable of sending and receiving MIDI clock as we like, as long as our interface can support it. Usually the MIDI inputs and outputs on the interface are on the back, mine are here.
To sync between two computers, we will have to connect a MIDI cable between interfaces where the master computer sends a signal, MIDI out, and the slave computer receives the signal, MIDI in. Let's check it in Live. Let's go under Preferences, if you are on Windows, the Preferences is under Options. And we will go to MIDI Sync tab, up until now we only used the track and remote communications. Now let's use the sync. If you want a computer to be a master, we need to turn on the output. I am going to turn on the Output on my interface, which is Fireface 400.
We can also see once I turn it on, we have two small indicators next to the Tap Tempo button that just indicates that we send and receive MIDI clock. If you want the computer to be a slave, we need to turn on the input on our interface, which is right here, and that will also add another button next to the tab marked with EXT for external, and we have to turn it on in order to put Ableton Live in slave mode. Collaborating with other musicians doesn't always mean they will have a computer.
In the next video I will show you how to send a Click Track or Metronome to other musicians like drummers and guitarists.
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