Ableton Live 9 and the 6/8 Time Signature
FYI, when a song is written in 6/8 where the 8th note gets the beat, it becomes a challenge when programming Ableton Live.
For some strange reason I haven’t yet figured, when you use the Tap Tempo in Ableton, it assumes that you’re tapping the quarter note, no matter what time signature you have Ableton set to. So, if you tap a 1,2,3,4,5,6 where your eighth notes are at a rate of 132 beats per minute, for example, Ableton thinks you’re tapping quarter notes, so it ends up doubling the measure count or speeding up the song to twice the speed it should be. By the time you see a 6 count pass, you’ll actually be at the end of measure 2 instead of the beginning of measure 2.
One solution is to tap out the tempo of a song as you hear it and then cut the tempo setting in Ableton in half. Your 132BPM song will need to be cut to 66BPM.
The other solution, which is a bit confusing at first, but works, is to simply set the time signature to 6/4. “Six beats per measure…the quarter note gets the beat.” Since Ableton treats a tap as a quarter note and not an eighth note, this ends up working. Your song at 132BPM will actually be at 132BPM.