Varispeed is a MaxforLive device that lets you use Ableton Live like an analog tape machine.
You can transpose the whole song (audio clips and midi tracks) in both directions up to -24/24 semitones while accurately changing the tempo too.
By that you gain the ability to record parts in other speed and pitch like back in the days.
Or you can check out your song in different keys,
and it’s also good for practicing purposes, too.
- Put one instance of Varispeed on your master (or to any track basically) and transpose your whole song.
- Transposes both Audio and Midi Clips.
- Transpose up or down up to 24 semitones in both directions. - Works in both Session, and arrangement mode.
- Exclude any track you like by adding a key word or symbol to its name ( the default symbol is @ )
you can choose what word or symbol Varispeed should look out for.
- Transpose Midi information after it’s left the clips. for individual drum rack pads, or sequencers. ( For detailed information see the VPitch section)
- You can turn off every processing circuit in the device for more efficiency, or for different usecases.
(If you know you don’t use the Session View, or Arrangement View, or the separate Vpitch device, simply turn off this circuit, and you can disable the tempo changing circuit of the device too.)
- These are max for live devices so you’re gonna need either Live suite, or live standard with MaxForLive
-Works with Live 11 only.
-Don’t work with freezed tracks.
you can put these devices into your user library, basically anywhere.
Default location of the User Library:
When you install Live for the first time, the User Library is created at this location:
Windows: \Users\[username]\Documents\Ableton\User Library Mac: Macintosh HD/Users/[username]/Music/Ableton/User Library
Please note that Live has to analyse your user library after you put your devices in there... It could take a while.
For the time being, you can just drag and drop these devices on your track from your user library. until Live analyses your folders.
1. Press the + or – buttons to transpose your project by one semitone. (press multiple times for additional transposition)
2. Turn the knob to transpose your project up to -24/+24 semitones ( two octaves)
3. You can exclude any track (audio and midi) by butting an „exclude sign” in front of their names ( like @Drums)
You can also change this sign to anything you want ( Don’t use sentences only one character or word gonna work)
Every VPitch device will get transposed even if they’re sitting on an excluded track. (detalis later)
4. Turn on or off the tempo transposition ( by turning it off if you previously changed the tempo it’ll jump back to its original position, if you turning it on after you transposed your project the transposition will jump back to zero.)
5. Open the additional settings panel.
6. Turn On or Off the transposition in the session view. ( every time you change this setting Varispeed will reset the transposition.
7. Turn On or Off the transposition in the Arrange view. ( every time you change this setting Varispeed will reset the transposition.
8. Turn On or Off the transposition that occurs in VPitch devices. ( every time you change this setting Varispeed will reset the transposition.
9. This section shows you what was your original tempo when you loaded the device into your project. (or when you reseted it.)
10. If you press the „Reset” button, Varispeed gonna jump back to zero state, and apply your current tempo to your project.
Warning: If you simply want to revert your project to it’s original state just turn the main knob to 0.
Only use this feature if you decided that you want to use your current tempo from now on.
If you put the default midi effect device „Pitch” into a midi track and rename it to „VPitch” (this name is case sensitive!)
Varispeed is gonna transpose it too.
That way you can transpose signals that come from sequencers, Midi generating devices.
You can even transpose separate drum rack cells that way.
Let’s say you have a drum rack where you don’t only store drum parts that you don’t want to transpose, but also melodic samples too)
If you want to use the VPitch device, It’s important to put an ’exclude sing’ into the track’s name, if you don’t want to transpose this track multiple times ( both the midi clips, and after that the midi information on the track itself)
In certain cases Varispeed is gonna notify you to be carefull.
Ableton Live has a default range of tempo that can’t be further expanded. The slowest is 20Bpm, and the fastest is 999Bpm.
So Varispeed can’t apply more tempo changes if your tempo already hits that wall.
If your project tempo is too slow or too fast, to apply -24/24 tempo modification, Varispeed is gonna notify you with a text message below the main knob.
The message’s value is depends on your original tempo. ( if your original tempo is let’s say 40Bpm the message is gonna tell you to „don’t turn it under 12”)
If your original tempo is between 80Bpm and 250Bpm you’re good to go in both directions.
If you accidentally applied more changes than recommended, when you change varispeed back to 0. your original tempo will be degradeted.
However in that case you can check on the device what your original tempo was.
If you have really low or high midi notes in your project, when you try to apply changes to them that would hit the wall (0 or 127)
Varispeed is gonna display a pop up window that tells you to revert the last change.
If you have any questions or difficulties with the device feel free to write me at :email@example.com
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---- Previous versions----
Vaispeed for Live1.2 - 2022.08.17
- Added knob version
-Some internal cleanup
Varispeed for Live 1.1 + Compatibility version for Live 10 - 2022.07.30
- Added new device pair for Live 10 support.
Varispeed for Live 1.1 - 2022.07.16
- Fixed a bug that caused mixed behavior in larger projects.
- Some UI Elements were shifted in Windows.
- The Tempo button is now Initially enabled.
Varispeed for Ableton Live (MaxForLive)