Clips out of tune due to Pitch Bend Automation

  • Live Versions: 4-10
  • Operating System: All

If you find that some MIDI clips are out of tune, this could be occurring because the clips have been triggered after a MIDI Clip which contains Pitch Bend automation which doesn't end back at "0".


To fix this, insert an automation breakpoint for the Pitch Bend at the beginning of the next MIDI Clip to reset the Pitch Bend to its default value.


You could also set the automation breakpoint to "0" at the end of the MIDI Clip where the Pitch Bend automation has been recorded. However, this will be less effective, since it will only work if the Clip is played until its very end.

Sustain (Hold) and other MIDI Ctrl envelopes

The same issue can also happen with any other MIDI Ctrl envelope. You'll similarly need to insert a breakpoint at 0 in the affected CC envelope if you are experiencing unwanted effects.

Faulty Pitch Bend controllers

If there is no pitch bend automation being written to clips, then another possible cause could be a connected MIDI controller which may be sending unwanted pitch bend data. To troubleshoot, disconnect all MIDI controllers and test to see if the issue is still present.

You can also use a MIDI monitor while the controller is connected to see what data is being sent from it. Max for Live has an included MIDI monitor (part of the Max for Live essentials), or you can use one of these third party solutions:

Further reading

Working with Automation and Modulation