Setting up Link in Live and iOS apps

  • Live Versions: 9.6 and higher
  • Operating System: WIN 7, 8, 10; MAC 10.7.5 and higher

To connect two or more instances of Live using Link, follow these steps:

  • connect your computers devices to the same ad hoc or local network.  Information on how to set up an ad hoc network can be found at the bottom of this page.
  • in Live, open the Preferences -> Link/MIDI tab and click on the button next to "Play in time with Link".  
  • Note that Live cannot accept incoming MIDI Sync while Link is active; the "Sync" input ports are thus made inactive.  
  • Live can also not be used as a ReWire slave when Link is active.  In order to use Live as a ReWire slave, first turn off Link, then re-start Live after the ReWire master program has been opened.

  • You will see Link notification bar in the upper left-hand corner of Live's window, displaying the current number of Links.

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Link Indicator

If at least one other Link-enabled app or instance of Live is connected, the Arrangement Position display will show a moving “progress bar” whenever Live’s transport is not running. This bar is a representation of the Live Set’s global launch quantization in relation to that of the other participants in the Link session. After you trigger playback, Live will wait until this bar is filled before starting.

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Where can I find Link in my iOS apps?

As this is different for each app, check the Settings/Preferences/Options of your app.  If it supports Link, you will see an "Ableton Link" setting.  In this preference, enable Ableton Link.

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Link iOS Preferences

How do I set up an ad hoc network?

Mac OS Yosemite and El Capitan
Windows 7
Windows 8
Windows 10
iOS (connection to a cellular network required)