BEATSEEKER: TEMPO MATCHER FOR ABLETON LIVE
It’s not uncommon to see bands using Ableton Live during their shows, whether it only be to generate a click track or to trigger samples/VI’s at the right points in a song. Typically the drummer will play to the click track output from Live. But Ableton has announced the release of BeatSeeker, a new Max for Live device by Andrew Robertson, designed to put drummers in control by having Live follow the drummer’s groove; not the other way around.
BeatSeeker works by detecting the BPM of any rhythmic audio signal and matches Live to its tempo. Drummers can also switch between playing to a click or having Live respond to shifts in tempo by using one simple control, which can MIDI-map to a footswitch of other controller. BeatSeeker, while most comfortable with drums, can also be used to sync Live with turntables, drum machines, or any other rhythmic or percussive signals used in performance, production or DJing.
Ableton have put out a video to show BeatSeeker in action:
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