11 thoughts on “Secrets Of Ableton Live’s Beat Repeat

  1. SO many people I know that use Live totally use the beat repeat as a ‘secret’ weapon (though it’s been around for a while and isn’t so ‘secrect’ any more). It’s a great go-to for instant glitch-type effects to really spice things up if your beats are limp and it’s awesome for stuff like vocals too.

    But I think it is a sound, like the whole buffer-overrun or whatever that is, has kind of been overused and will start to sound dated soon (if not already) if people continue to use it in the standard way…

    It still rules, though. 🙂

  2. I’ve got a love/hate thing with Beat Repeat, too.

    It makes loops sound much more alive, but it also has its own sort of sound that can get old.

  3. With most effects that are HARD to do manually, eventually some clever opportunists (meant in the best of ways) will figure ways to approach or replicate the same sound in a few clicks. We also see the same thing with Photoshop plugins.

    Beat repeat is cool but sometimes too “random” in that I want to freeze a selected portion of the Live track where it’s applied after a certain runthrough I found particularly pleasing, but I need to freeze the whole track, and even then, it’s not guaranteed to render the rendition I wanted. I’d like to learn how to do this, if at all possible.

    1. What I do with random plugins like that is resample several passes out to audio and then slice that up to make a loop. That way I'm only working with consistent audio that can be replicated.

  4. Torley… It is possible. Open up a new default beat repeat. Set the speed and make sure you hit the "repeat" button. If you do this, it will simply start looping at the speed desired when you turn the device on. Simple as that

  5. Livecut is cool, but much too complicated for the likes of me. I much prefer Live's beat repeat now that I have messed around with it enough to understand how it works. Livecut doesn't give me enough control and seems to me to be entirely random (but, so did beat repeat when I first started with live… maybe I just need to play with it more)

  6. Livecut is cool, but much too complicated for the likes of me. I much prefer Live's beat repeat now that I have messed around with it enough to understand how it works. Livecut doesn't give me enough control and seems to me to be entirely random (but, so did beat repeat when I first started with live… maybe I just need to play with it more)

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