Ableton Live - Using Multiple Interfaces

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altAre you trying to record multiple instruments simultaneously but do not have enough inputs on your audio interface? Well, if you or a friend has a second audio interface laying around you can combine the interfaces and double the amount of inputs and outputs. The instructions below will show you how to achieve this in Ableton on a Windows and Mac.

 

Ableton Live - Using Multiple Interfaces on Windows

  1. Download, and install ASIO4ALL Driver.
     
  2. Open Ableton.
     
  3. Click on the ASIO icon in the notification bar at the bottom right corner.

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  4. The ASIO4ALL configuration panel will open; click the wrench in the bottom right corner make changes.
     
  5. Make sure both interfaces are enabled like below.

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  6. Click on the wrench, and close the ASIO4ALL configuration panel.
     
  7. Back in the Ableton Software choose Options > Preferences… from the top menu.
     
  8. The preferences window will open, click Audio on the left side.
     
  9. Set the ASIO for Driver Type, and ASIO4ALL as the Audio Device.

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  10. Click Input Config and enable all inputs for both interfaces. Yellow = Enabled.

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  11. Once the inputs have been enabled close the input config, and the preferences window.
     
  12. Right-Click anywhere in the session view window, and choose Insert Audio Track.

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  13. Insert two Audio tracks one for each interface.
     
  14. Click the drop down list below Ext. In and choose ½ for one track and ¾ for the other audio track. 

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  15. In the example above, you can see that we are using the M-Audio Micro for inputs ½, and the Alesis iO2 for inputs ¾.
     
  16. You are now setup to record from multiple interfaces simultaniously. 

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Ableton Live - Using Multiple Interfaces on Mac

  1. In spotlight search for Audio MIDI Setup.

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  2. Open Audio MIDI Setup.

  3. At the bottom left corner of the Audio Device window click the + symbol and create a new aggregate device.

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  4. You should now see your aggregate device listed.

  5. Click on the aggregate device in the list, and then check the Audio Devices you wish to combine. In the example below I have selected both the Alesis iO2, and the M-Audio Micro. Combining both devices gives us a total of 4 inputs and 4 outputs.

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  6. After you have selected the Audio Devices you can now quit the Audio MIDI Setup.

  7. Open Ableton.

  8. With Ableton open select Live > Preferences... from the top drop down menu.

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  9. The preferences window will open, click Audio on the left side.

  10. Set the Aggregate Device (4 in, 4 Out) for Driver Type, and Aggregate Device (4 in, 4 Out) as the Audio Device.

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  11. Click Input Config and enable all inputs for both interfaces. Yellow = Enabled.

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  12. Once the inputs have been enabled close the Input Config, and the Preferences window.

  13. Right-Click anywhere in the session view window, and choose Insert Audio Track.

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  14. Insert two Audio tracks one for each interface.

  15. Click the drop down list below Ext. In and choose½ for one track and ¾ for the other audio track.

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  16. In the example above, you can see that we are using the M-Audio Micro for channel ½, and the Alesis iO2 for inputs ¾.

  17. You are now setup to record from multiple interfaces simultaniously. 

 

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