Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sending 12 Return Tracks in Ableton to Multiple Speakers in Non-pair Combinations

Ableton Live has a maximum number of 12 return tracks. This makes it complex to have all 12 return tracks going whilst arbitrarily routing the output of each return track to one or more speakers.

I would like be able to route a given left or right side of a return track to one or more speakers, with freedom of how to pair, mix and match those 24 mono signals.

One way around this is as follows:

• Install SoundFlower
• Use the 64 channel SoundFlower device as an output in Ableton
• Configure 24 mono / 12 stereo outputs
• Pick up the 24 signals in Max using the SoundFlower device and a matrix patch
• Route signals to speakers accordingly