How do you connect your hardware synths to your DAW? I frequently get asked this question, so don’t fret as it has plagued many of us at some point in our music-making lives. It can seem somewhat complex first-time round, but don’t worry; once you figure it out, it’s quite easy. Studios these days are a wonderful mix of computers, hardware and other bits and pieces, no matter the size of your set-up or studio. Whether you have two bits of gear or if you’re looking at building a studio to rival Abbey Road Studios, it’s crucial to understand how to connect hardware synths, drum machines, and other external equipment to your DAW such as Ableton Live, especially when it comes to recording. If your synth has a built-in sequencer, you really need to be working at the set tempo of your project session, so having your DAW send MIDI clock to your synths ensures that everything will play in time nicely.
In this video I show you how to get your synths, drum machines and audio interface all working in sync with Ableton Live.