Hook up Digitakt and Ableton Live with Overbridge [Part 2] | Cult of Mac

Hook up Digitakt and Ableton Live with Overbridge [Part 2]

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Digitakt on a table
The Digitakt is good alone, better in a group.
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This is the second of a two-part video feature on integrating your Elektron synthesizers, samplers and drum machines with Ableton Live on your Mac.

In this video, we’ll show you how to use the brand new Overbridge 2 app and plugin to record up to eight tracks simultaneously over a single USB connection. We’ll also dive into FX routing on the Elektron’s Digitakt sampling drum machine, which is powerful but confusing at first. Finally, we’ll explain how to use the Overbridge plugin to sync Ableton and the Digitakt, and to record loops through a normal analog mixer.

Multitrack, effects and analog sync

Overbridge really is a fantastic app. You can use if for simple syncing or routing, or you can go totally crazy and control every part of the hardware box from inside Ableton Live. And it’s totally free.

Note: You can watch our first video on using Overbridge with the Digitakt and Ableton Live below, and you can read the post here.

Apps, links, and help

To follow along with these how-to videos, you’ll need a copy of Ableton Live, which can be had right now as a free three-month long 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.