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Using Touchdesigner with Ableton Live

Like peanut butter and chocolate, Ableton Live and Touchdesigner go great together. Ableton Live and Touchdesigner can be equally messy and sticky. Persistent work with TDAbleton (the free component package that makes communication between the apps possible) will reward the user.

In the first short video below, I am using my Win 10 Lenovo laptop. Several audio tracks from Ableton alter the parameters of several shapes within Touchdesigner.

In this second video, I am demonstrating a similar project on Mac OS.

In both cases, my main interest is in one-way communication from Ableton to Touchdesigner to make audio-reactive visuals. The TDAbleton package makes it possible to perform two-way communication. That hasn’t really been an interest of mine, but perhaps in future videos I will show some examples of how one might use that capability.

Admittedly, these are simplistic examples. Ideally one would script out their visual changes with the various Ableton tracks and song sections. So to really exploit TDAbleton, some planning is needed.


By jjdeprisco

Sonic explorer, sound artist, guitarist in Fricknadorable, software designer.