Questions regarding loop module + Ableton Link settings w/Traktor
Question 1: can you extend the lead-in time when using Pattern as the Target in Loop Mode?
Question 2: is there a way to manually control the Ableton Link clock?
I hope I’m not asking something that has been asked 100x over, but I have been looking for some info for several months - if it helps I have read the manual and googled until my eyes hurt, but can’t really find the answer I’m looking for.
Like a lot of others here, I use an MK3 to loop live instruments, and I have found that the lead-in time after pressing Start is totally different depending on my Target type.
If I have it set to Sound, the current pattern will play through its entirety and will begin recording once the play head gets back to the beginning of the phrase/pattern. This is ideal and great.
However, if Target is set to Pattern, it will begin recording (from what I can tell?) on the beginning of the next measure, regardless of where the pattern is. I have learned to adapt to this by only pressing the Start button right before my loop, but it doesn’t give me much time to maneuver back to my instruments to get in position.
Is there a way to increase the lead-in time when using Pattern as Target? Or, since Sound works as preferred, can anyone recommend a workaround using Sound that will give me Pattern-type functionality?
I also wanted to see if there was a way to manually control Ableton Link’s clock - from what I have read, the clock is supposed to sync to whatever app first enters the Link, and I am Linking my MK3 and an S5 controller. However, if I press Link on my S5 first, the Link clock often appears to connect in the middle of the measure as if an invisible clock has been ticking outside of Traktor. This means that if I am independently playing a track, and hit Link, there is a good chance that the app is immediately “off” even if I hit Link directly on the 1.
(This leads me to believe that my S5 is getting its clock from elsewhere, maybe my Scarlett? which I also don’t know how to adjust.) Is there a way to fix this?
Thanks for reading!
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