Under the Hood: What Happens When We Trigger a Song?
There are a lot of moving pieces that are fine tuned for each song that we do on a Sunday morning. The purpose of this article is to give a high level overview of what’s happening when we use Ableton Live to fire off a song.
Scene is Triggered
Using a button on a controller mapped to an exact scene in Ableton, the first scene for a song is launched. The first scene contains the Tempo and Time Signature settings. The click is enabled and sent. MIDI Clock is broadcast to all devices to keep everything syncrhonized.
OnSong / iPad
A MIDI clip in Ableton sends a signal that instructs OnSong to open the correct song and reset it so the sheet is scrolled to the top. Songs without section cues are set to auto-scroll for the duration of the song. OnSong broadcasts song sheets to a video feed which is split on stage and sent to multiple stage monitors. OnSong also broadcasts video and lyrics to the house projector feed.
Advance 61 Keyboard / VIP
A clip in Ableton sends a program change to VIP instructing it to select the correct Multi in the Selected VIP Set List. Other clips may be configured to remotely control settings for other MIDI instruments / devices.
Song is Performed
Song runs its course automatically changing slides on projectors, lyrics on stage monitors / confidence monitors.