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How to integrate Ableton Live with your iOS devices for control and music

Ableton Live can enjoy a rich and varied relationship with your iOS devices – by syncing with Link, by using them as hardware controllers, or as sound sources. Here, Martin Delaney explains how…

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Level Beginner Live and iOS

Since 2007, iOS has matured into a sophisticated mobile-computing platform with the hardware to back it up, and some highly evolved apps for music recording, programming, and control. Although Ableton itself has never fully embraced the mobile platform and graced it with an iOS version of Live, its influence is felt in apps that attempt to provide a Live-like experience, apps that support the Ableton Link sync protocol and apps that export their files as Ableton Live projects, ready to open on our computers.

It’s true that it’s a little inelegant at times to get audio in and out of iOS apps; it sometimes requires a few extra steps, but the workflow is getting smoother all the time, and there are apps which make iOS audio management much easier, like AudioCopy, Audiobus, and AudioShare. Apps like Apple’s Voice Memos let you AirDrop recordings, which is fast and convenient. There’s also no reason why you can’t continue to record audio straight out of your device into Live, courtesy of your audio interface. If you’re using MIDI or Link to sync everything as well, there’s every chance of getting a very neatly cut, ready-to-use clip straight away.

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