How to record Digitakt into Ableton Live with Overbridge 2 [Video]

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Digitakt close up
The Digitakt drum sampler is even more awesome paired with Ableton Live.
Photo: Charlie Sorrel/Cult of Mac

Overbridge 2 is an amazing new app/plugin from Swedish drum machine and synthesizer maker Elektron. As its name suggests, it acts as a bridge between your computer and Elektron’s hardware boxes.

Using Overbridge, you can plug in, say, the Digitakt drum computer and sampler, and stream all eight of its audio tracks to your Mac or PC over a single USB cable.

Like a plugin, only hardware

Overbridge bridges the gap between Elektron music hardware and software.
Overbridge bridges the gap between hardware and software.
Photo: Elektron

You can also control all the other parameters of the Digitakt, as if it were a software plugin for Logic Pro X or Ableton Live. This time, I thought I’d do things a little differently, and make a video screencast to show how to set it up. Today, we’ll see how to connect a Digitakt to Ableton Live, using Overbridge 2, and then how to record audio, effortlessly and in sync.

Overbridge is awesome

After watching these two videos, you’ll know everything you need to know about hooking up your Digitakt (or other Elektron box) to Ableton. This also should work with Apple’s Logic Pro X, although not in the same way.

Don't worry -- it looks way worse than it is.
Don’t worry — it looks way worse than it is.
Photo: Elektron

To follow along, you’ll need a copy of Ableton Live, which can be had right now as a free three-month trial. You’ll also need to install Elektron’s Overbridge plugin and app. It’s free, and it installs just like any other app on your Mac.

If you have any trouble with the technical part of the installation, you can check this informative thread on the Elektronauts forum.