Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Ableton Live Tutorial: Setting up a Clicktrack

This tutorial will show you how you can set up multiple audio channels so that one will play a click-track.

In my band, we have our drummer play along with Ableton's built-in click-track, so that our whole set will always be properly aligned. It's not difficult to do. Ideally, you'll want a soundcard with multiple stereo outputs, but I am going to show you how you can set up your computers stereo out so that only the left channel will play a clicktrack.

1. In Clip View, take a look at your Master channel strip. If you can't find it, press the black circle with the gray M in it in the bottom-right corner.

 2. As you can see, both the Master Out and Cue Out are assigned to 1/2. What this means is that both the Master Out, which is the output that all audio tracks in Ableton send their output to, and the Cue Out, which is a separate, customisable channel that is used by the metronome, both use output 1/2. If you have no special sound card set up, this means that they both use the stereo output on your computer. This step is simple. Click the drop-down menu, select output 1 (Left stereo channel) for Cue, and select output 2 for the Master Out.

3. If you activate the metronome and press play, you'll notice that the output will only come through the output set up as cue.


  1. Looks great, thanks for the tutorial

  2. I'm gonna show this stuff to my brother, he plays in a band, and they have been talking about recording some of their stuff lately.

    Nice post.

  3. I love using Abelton to produce music. Great tutorial man. good work :)

  4. Nice guide, metronomes are a necessity!

    P.S. We run similar blogs.