Troubleshooting ReWire issues

  • Live Versions: 9
  • Operating System: All

The article Using Live and ReWire shows how to set up Live and ReWire correctly. Additional questions are answered in the ReWire FAQ.

If you're having problems using Live and ReWire, click on the links below for solutions:

Common Issues:

DAW Specific Issues:

Error Messages when using ReWire:

The slave application fails to start as ReWire Slave

In Live, no action needs to be taken to enable ReWire: just launch Live and then the audio application you wish to use as ReWire Slave should automatically ReWire itself to Live. If it doesn't work, please check the manual for the ReWire Slave application.

Live fails to start as ReWire Slave

This could be happening for one of the following reasons:

Host and Slave are not running at the same bit depth. ReWire will only work if both audio applications run either in 32-bit or 64-bit.

Live has not yet run as standalone once. This is necessary to install its own ReWire engine. Launching Live as standalone is required also each time you switch between different Live versions (between 32-bit and 64-bit, or between Live 8 and Live 9 for example). Close the ReWire Host (Master) and restart Live. Once the application has started, you can close it again and launch the ReWire Master. At this point, launching Live next should start it as ReWire Slave.

The Host requires you to activate the ReWire engine before launching the Slave application. This is the case for Cubase, Logic X, Reaper and Pro Tools.

Neither programs are run in Administrator mode. For Windows users, both the ReWire Master and Slave may need to be run in administrator mode to successfully ReWire. To launch a program as Administrator, please see this guide. For Mac users, Live may also request admin privileges when first trying to configure the ReWire engine, as access to the system configuration is temporarily required. Simply enter the admin password when Live asks you to do so. 

Live quits after 30 minutes when using ReWire

If you're using the Live Trial, ReWire slave functionality is limited to 30 minutes of use for every Live run.

If you're not using the Trial version, then Live (or your other ReWire DAW) may not be properly authorized. Please check and authorize Live or your other DAW again.

Live does not appear as ReWire slave in Pro Tools

This may be happening because Live was installed after Pro Tools. Pro Tools only scans for Rewire instruments after its initial installation. In order to make Live (or any other ReWire application installed after Pro Tools) appear in Pro Tools, you'll need to force it to rescan for these ReWire instruments:

In case deleting the "InstalledAAXPlugIns" file did not solve the issue:

  • Check if "DigiRewire" has been wrapped by using Novation's Automap.
  • If so, remove the file "DigiRewire (Automap).dpm" from Pro Tools' plug-in folder - or use Automap to remove the wrapper.

Finally, in case neither of the above solutions worked, un-install and re-install Pro Tools.

Live does not work as ReWire slave with Logic 7

Check Logic's audio preferences and disable (uncheck) the option for “Release Audio in Background if Stopped.” This applies to Logic versions up to Logic 7.

Live can't be ReWired to Hosts when they use DAE

DAE is the abbreviated form of Digidesign Audio Engine. This is the driver software used to access TDM hardware, including use of on-board DSP chips, in Logic Pro and other DAW's. It's currently not possible to run Live as a ReWire slave if the Host application is using DAE because it has a different behavior under DAE which can't be recognized by Live. 

Live replaces Reason in Cubase Mixer when used as ReWire slave

If after installing Live, the Live ReWire channels replace the Reason channels that had been automated in the Cubase mixer, this can be solved by disabling ReWire in Live. In order to do this, use the "ReWireMasterOff" command in the Options.txt file option.

No sound from Reason when running it as ReWire slave to Live

If there is no sound from Reason when running it as ReWire slave to Live or if it doesn't appear as an option in the track and the only options are "None" or "Mixer", you need to do the following: look at the Input Type chooser in Live to select Reason; make this visible by selecting In/Out from the View menu. You were probably looking at the Device chooser, which is for automating controls in Live. Also be sure that you have switched monitoring to In for the track. To learn how to use Live and Reason together, please see this ReWire tutorial.

Live doesn't work as ReWire slave with Digital Performer

Make sure to use an Aux track in Digital Performer to enable ReWire and that you are launching Digital Performer first. Please refer to Motu's ReWire tutorial for further information.

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