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Using Ableton Link to synchronise your computers and iOS devices

Ableton Link is the smoothest and easiest possible way to get your iOS music apps and Ableton Live talking to each other. Martin Delaney shows how it’s done – and it’s brilliantly simple…

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After years of forcing us to be locked away at home, the world of music tech is finally getting more social. These days, we’re more likely to take our precious music gear out of the house/ studio, and meet with our fellow musicians; the ability to create music with our phones and tablets only adds to this. However, one issue that arises when electronic-music people get together is synchronisation – getting all of the associated gadgets to play in time together. Traditionally, we’ve had methods for dealing with this, such as ReWire and MIDI Sync, but on days where we don’t want to carry too many interfaces and cables with us, but we still want to sync tightly, we need a clean solution, and that’s where Ableton Link comes in. This is a method of synchronisation that’s built into Ableton Live 9, and works over a Wi-Fi network or an ethernet cable. Outside the computer (and Link is cross-platform), Link is also available for iOS and Android developers (DAW developers too, it’s already made it to Reason and Serato DJ), so suddenly we can include iPhones and iPads into our setups, in a reasonably seamless fashion. The setup doesn’t even have to include Live, or any computer at all: Link works perfectly well between iOS devices.

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In the new issue of MusicTech magazine we grant you all the tools, production tips and inside knowledge you need to enable you to create a chart hit! Also in this issue we’re hands on with Spitfire’s BT Phobos, we speak to Matt Lange about his career and production ethos. We present 6 of the best modern microphones and review Loopmasters’ Loopcloud, Steinberg’s Cubase 9, AKG C7s, Arturia MatrixBrute and many more. Plus tutorials for Ableton Live, Logic and our latest modular guide.
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