Livestream Lecture: March 14

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For the third round of Livestream Lectures at 10:00 PM, Friday March 14th, I will be demonstrating temporal integration and synchronization between Ableton Live and VDMX.The broadcast can be accessed on The Post Reality Show / Media & Performance Event page on Livestream.

Using MIDI Clock as a method for locking the tempo of both application, it is possible to use several methods for synchronizing time values, measures, beats, etc.

Here are some of the key areas I am covering, refer to the video documentation for more detail:

Ableton Live

  • Loading a Reaktor plugin (Ultraloop step sequencer)
  • Accessing the Snapshots & Presets
  • Presets that change: Unhappy Chord, Desctrutor, Transformer Party, Datacell, FXS Variator
  • Measures / columns organization
  • Audio I/0 (sending to the Master audio)
  • Track volume
  • Main transport control
  • Tempo control
  • Audio preferences / interface
  • MIDI preferences / sync output to VDMX
  • Resamplng the record the output
  • Setting the global quantize


  • Setting the clock to external sync / VDMX in
  • Loading clips into the Media Bin
  • Turning off “play” for control over scrubbing (no clip audio)
  • LFO Plugin, creating waveforms, controlling the clock
  • Step Sequencer Plugin, creating tracks, controlling the clock, interpolation, columns/rows
  • Aligning Step sequencer columns to a musical step sequencer such as Ultraloop
  • Assigning a data controller to a specific parameter / movie scrub or scratch
  • Setting the limits of a parameter
  • Capturing images and video with the Movie Recorder
  • Using Syphon to output video
  • Strategies for organizing a remix:
    • determining an approximate duration for the whole project/performance (3′ video or 30 minute performance?)
    • creating musical / audio material in Ableton
    • determining a bpm
    • selecting visual material and loading up the media bin
    • determining the number of layers needed (media, camera, color, etc.)
    • selecting required plugins
    • laying out VDMX to have access to windows
    • experimenting with material, generating new material by rendering small clips (in both Ableton and VDMX)
    • saving VDMX files (save as) in order to return to previous material / project


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