I prefer to use SL as a plugin and Live as my host. I use Live's effects and instruments because they are amazing. I sync SL to Live's midi clock and looping along with a drum machine from Live is seamless. This also allows recording successful loops right back into live. Another benefit of Live is that you can shut off all SL loops at once by hitting the stop button. Strictly using SL requires you to stop loop one at a time, which dictates that your song must fade out somehow at the end, or else each of your performers has a footswitch to stop their respective loops.
- Add the SL AU plugin to a new audio track in Live.
- Create a new midi track and have it get its input from your MPD24
- Set the output for that midi track to go to the SL plugin on the audio track (it will show up in the menus when you set the output)
- Set the monitoring to be 'In' on both the midi and the audio track.
Strictly using SL requires you to stop loop one at a time, which dictates that your song must fade out somehow at the end, or else each of your performers has a footswitch to stop their respective loops.
In fact, you don't even need a midi router to do this, you can do it all within Live.
Just set it up as follows:
1. In SL's Preferences->Misc/Latency tab, select both "Output MIDI clock" and optionally "Send MIDI start event on trigger". With Live, you'll also want to turn on "Round tempo to integer values on record", because of the way Live rounds incoming sync.
2. In Live's Preferences->MIDI Sync tab, turn the "Sync" on for "Input: SooperLooperAU_out"
3. Then click the EXT button in the top left of the Live GUI to turn on external sync.
4. In SL, set the 'sync to' to one of the loops or internal. Record your first loop in SL, Live should start up and the tempo will be whatever SL's is. Voila.
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