Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video What is Ableton Link?, part of Learning Ableton Link.
- [Voiceover] Ableton Link is a new way of synchronizing between two or more computers using Ableton Live. When syncing using MIDI, we need to have one computer master and the rest are slaves. Meaning the slave machines can not change the BPM and they can not control the Global Transport Play Start buttons when synced. Ableton Link is new type of synchronization. There are no masters or slaves, anyone can join at any time and leave at any time.
Also everyone can change the BPM. Ableton Link works on shared network. So if you are connected to the same Wi-Fi network you should be ready to jam using Ableton Link. Link is also available for iOS. There are more and more apps that support Link. It allows for seamless synchronization between these apps across multiple devices, or even on the same device and Ableton Live. So for example, you can start a jam with two people on two iPhones, two people on two iPads, and two people on computers.
Of course two is just an arbitrary number, you can jam even 20 or 30 people if you'd like. That being said, it is important to know that Ableton Link is only for synchronizing the timing of all machines. The audio will still come out of the built-in speakers of each machine. And you might want to consider getting a mixer for your Ableton Link jams. If you're an iOS developer you can get the LinkKit which is a free Ableton Link SDK to implant in your own apps.
Jamming with other people using electronic instruments is fun and now easier than ever thanks to Ableton Link.
Note: Ableton Live is not required to use Link. It works with dozens of supported apps. See the complete list here.