How to hook up external synths and drum machines in Ableton Live

Our latest Ableton Live Tutorial video shows you how to integrate hardware instruments and fix latency issues, save patches and troubleshoot issues.

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It’s true that Ableton Live 10 has a powerful assortment of software instruments and effects, but how do we satisfy an appetite for hardware synths and drum machines within our projects? In this week’s Ableton Live Tutorial, MusicTech Expert Liam O’ Mullane provides a walkthrough on using Live’s External Instrument device to connect said external hardware.

There could be some problems that you run into when using this device, such as latency issues, clipping and incorrect signal chains. Liam addresses all of these with solutions on how to resolve them, plus showing you how to save an External Instrument preset to recall on demand.

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Those of you who already know Live inside and out, but are looking to explore other DAWs may want to check out our Logic Tips Series, following a similar pattern to this course.

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