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syncing live to reason via midi beat clock
« on: April 24, 2015, 09:18:56 AM »

The Live Connection

The first scenario (Reason with Ableton Live) is a set up I've used a few times when jamming or performing as a duo. It was achieved by using one laptop to run Live and another to run Reason, but if you feel ambitious you can do the same running both programs on one machine. Sync'ing the two programs together can be achieved in three different ways:

1. Single Laptop: If you are performing alone with one machine, the two programs can be sync'd very easily using Rewire (see the March 2006 Reason technique feature).

2. Live sends MIDI Clock to Reason: You can tell Live to send MIDI Clock out of any available MIDI port in the MIDI/Sync page of its Preferences. Reason can then be set up as a clock slave by enabling a MIDI In port in the Advanced MIDI Preferences (see screen on previous page). If Reason can detect the clock signal, the green Sync Input LED will light in the transport bar. You can then click the Enable button, and Reason will play back in sync with Live.

3. Central tempo source: A separate MIDI clock generator, such as a drum machine, can control both programs, via MIDI cables to one or two laptops. Some DJ mixers feature beat-detection circuits with MIDI clock outputs, allowing you to sync Reason with vinyl or CD decks.

With Live as the clock master, you can either run a free-form set with tempo changes made manually in Live, or you can program a tempo track. The tempo track is an automation graph found in the Master track in Live (see screen above). You can program the tempo track to give you a framework for the entire set, then track-lay as much or as little as you like in your Live arrangement, depending on how flexible you wish to be. If there are two of you, one can be triggering and crossfading scenes and clips in Live, and playing with effects and so on, while the other is piloting Reason. If you're on your own, you might want to automate more in Live, leaving you free to play over the top with Reason.