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How to ReWire Torq Xponent with Ableton Live
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How to ReWire Torq Xponent with Ableton Live

ReWire is a special technology created by Propellerhead that allows two or more different audio applications to share audio and MIDI data.  The system is composed of a single ReWire host (Ableton Live) and multiple ReWire slaves (Torq).  The slaves will all send their audio outputs to the host, allowing you to mix, EQ, and refine the audio using the tools within the host application.  Furthermore, the host and slaves will all share transport and timing information, allowing the multiple software applications to act as a single unit.

While Torq will interface with any ReWire host application, it was specifically designed to work with Ableton Live.  This outstanding DAW software is geared towards live, real-time production and performance, and is therefore the perfect complement to Torq.  While this tutorial was created using Ableton Live 6, the process is the same with Live 7.

To begin a ReWire Session:

1. Quit all applications and launch the ReWire Host application, Ableton Live.

2. Open Live's Preferences; Options>Preferences (PC), Live Menu>Preferences (Mac); and click on the "Audio" tab.

3. For Driver Type, select "ASIO" (PC), or "Core Audio" (Mac).

4. PC users select "M-Audio USB ASIO" for Audio Device, and Mac users select  "M-Audio Xponent" for Audio Output Device.

5. Click "Output Config" and activate all 4 outputs.  Clicking a gray box (inactive) will activate it (yellow).

6.  Click "OK" and then close Live's Preferences.

7. Create a new Audio Track by clicking "Insert Audio Track" from the Insert Menu.

8. Setup the Input/Output section for the 2 Audio Tracks as shown below.  If you do not see the Input/Output section, go to the View Menu and click "In/Out".

  • Change the Input Type to "Torq" for both Audio Tracks
  • Set the Input Channel for the first Audio Track to "1/2: Out" and for the second Audio Track select "3/4" Out"
  • Set the Monitor to "In" for both Audio Tracks to allow the audio from Torq to pass through Live
  • On the second Audio Track, change the Output Type to "Ext. Out", and select "3/4" for the Output Channel

This setup routes Torq's Master Output to the Xponent's Master and Booth outputs, and routes Torq's Cue/PFL output to the Xponent's headphone jack.

9. To be able to Cue up audio directly from Ableton Live, go to the Master Track and set the Cue Out to 3/4 and click the "Solo/Cue" button to select Cue Mode.

When in Cue Mode, Live's track Solo buttons become Cue buttons (headphones), enabling you to Cue audio from Live.  Clicking a tracks "Cue" button will route that tracks output to the headphone jack on the Xponent.

Note: When clicking a tracks Cue button, you must also mute the track or completely turn down it's volume slider to prevent it from playing through the Master Output.

10. Launch Torq.  Since Torq is launched second, it will automatically launch into ReWire Slave mode.

Master Tempo
Torq's Master Tempo will lock to the tempo and timeline in the ReWire Host application.  This means that any song you play in Torq can sync up to whatever you're currently doing in Live, even if you change the tempo while the music is playing.  Simply turn on Torq's Master Tempo, then turn on Sync in the Decks.  The Decks will then sync to the Master Tempo shared by Torq and Ableton Live.

Note: The transport will need to be running in the ReWire host for the synchronization options to work properly.  If transport is stopped, Torq will only match the BPM of the host application--it won't be able to keep tracks on beat.  After starting the sequencer in Live it will still be necessary to manually start the decks in Torq.

Audio Routing
When using two programs together via ReWire, the audio generated by Torq will be fed to audio channels in Live.  With this system in place, you can further process the outputs of Torq using the Host application's (Live's) effects.  You can record the output of Torq into the application to add to your productions.  You can also create your own drum parts, bass lines, and other loops in the Host (Live) which can be layered on top of the music you're playing in Torq--you can even play instruments in real time for spontaneous results.

For more information on ReWire and Torq please see the Torq User Guide.