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This guide will provide a quick walkthrough on how to setup your M-Audio audio device in Ableton Live.
Before proceeding, you must install the latest drivers for your device.
1. Launch Ableton Live
2. Select Preferences from the Options menu (PC) or the Reason menu (Mac)
3. Click the Audio Tab
4. PC users click the dropdown menu for the Driver Type and select ASIO, then click the dropdown menu for Audio Device and select the the M-Audio ASIO driver for your device.
Note: Live may identify your M-Audio device by Series (USB, FW/FireWire, Delta), and not by name.
Mac users click the dropdown menu for the Driver Type and select CoreAudio, then click to select your M-Audio device from the Audio Input Device and Audio Output Device dropdown menus:
5. Close the Preferences window.
Live is now configured to record and playback using your M-Audio sound card. Connect your speakers or headphones to your M-Audio sound card.
When recording from a mono sound source such as a single microphone or guitar, it is necessary to select the appropriate mono input to record from.
6. Go to the View Menu and click In/Out if it is not already checked.
7. Click the second drop down box in the Audio From section to select th ecorresponding mono input:
If your audio interface does not feature hardware direct monitoring, (Audiophile USB, JamLab, Transit), or if you wish to monitor with software effects, you can use input monitoring through LIve, which is enabled (set to Auto) by default. If your device features hardware direct monitoring and you use input monitoring in Live, you will need to disable the hardware direct monitoring of your M-Audio device to avoid doubling your monitored signal. Please refer to the user guide for your M-Audio device for how to enable/disable hardware direct monitoring. You can disable software monitoring through Live by setting Monitor to Off.
* This setup procedure is similar across different versions of Ableton Live. For more information on configuring and recording with Live, please consult the Live Manual, see the built-in lessons found from the Help Menu in Live, or contact Ableton Support.