Want to use your favourite MIDI-only apps and hardware with Ableton Link? MIDI Link Sync provides an experimental tool that bridges the two.
In the future we imagine most apps will support Ableton Link natively, but therell still be plenty of MIDI hardware that doesnt. Bridging MIDI and Link will never take the place of native support, but in some setups it can work surprisingly well. Either way we hope MIDI Link Sync provides a fun, interesting and (sometimes?!) useful tool.
3 MODES OF OPERATION
Ableton Link MIDI
Makes Ableton Link act as a MIDI master by producing a MIDI clock that is in sync with the Ableton Link timeline.
In this mode, the outgoing MIDI clock is able to follow the Ableton Link timeline reasonably accurately. However, weve noticed that quite a few apps dont follow the incoming MIDI clock with the same accuracy.
MIDI Ableton Link
Makes Ableton Link act as a MIDI slave to an external MIDI clock by manipulating the Ableton Link tempo to keep it in sync.
Ableton Link peers are able to propose new tempos to take effect at a specific point in time. Weve combined this ability with some control theory so that MIDI Link Sync can massage the Link timeline into phase with the MIDI timeline. As a result, there are a few factors that can affect the overall accuracy: the most important being the quality of the incoming MIDI clock.
Tap Ableton Link
Tap out a rhythm and MIDI Link Sync will attempt to bring your Ableton Link timeline into sync with both your tempo and downbeat.
In this mode, you have to be especially accurate with the tap of your initial downbeat otherwise youll notice the same amount of error in your synced Link timeline.
MIDI clocks and programmers both have quirks! You can find the latest known issues using the link below:
ABOUT CODING COD LTD
We are a team of two: Edward handles the code; and Harry deals with the pixels. MIDI Link Sync is our second music app, and follows LoopTree, a live performance looper for iOS.
Wed love to hear from you if you have questions, feedback or just want to say hi! Raise a new support ticket and well get back to you.
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