Why does unfreezing a track in Ableton change the tracks sound?



Asked by: Sharon Lee

What happens when you freeze a track in Ableton?





When a track is frozen (using the Freeze Track command in the Edit menu), all the CPU-intensive tasks are temporarily committed as recorded audio. This means that instrument or effect plug-ins on that track cannot be altered until the track is unfrozen again.

What does freezing a track do?

Freezing in Soundtrap is basically the same as “rendering” your tracks for playback. It helps in improving performance to avoid overloading your device’s memory usage.

Can you unfreeze a track in Ableton?

Ableton will render an audio file and automatically disable any plugins on the track. 3. To unfreeze the track, right click and select ‘Unfreeze Track’. This will re-enable all plugins and MIDI data.

Does freezing tracks in Ableton save CPU?

right-click any track (midi or audio) & select the freeze option. this will render out your audio so the processors don’t have to run on it, thus saving CPU. you won’t be able to change settings, but you can unfreeze at any time to make adjustments as needed.

What does it mean to flatten audio?





Flattening actually renders the track as audio, with all the effects. You can no longer go back and tweak the original audio source. You can only add on to what is now a rendered audio file. Bouncing, in my mind, usually refers to recording source into a new track to get an audio file.

What is freezing and flattening Ableton?

Freezing and flattening tracks completely replaces the original clip and all devices with a new audio file. The rendered results will include any device or clip settings and automation.

What buffer size should I use Ableton?

We recommend using a buffer size of one of the following: 128, 256, 512 or 1024 samples. It’s possible to set the Buffer size in Live’s preferences → Audio Tab, however depending on your interface, you might need to click on Hardware Settings to make the adjustment in the audio interface preferences.

Do plugins use RAM or CPU?

Plug-ins are mainly CPU dependent in itself, and not really dependent on RAM. However the more of the load you can take off the cpu by keeping audio stored in RAM the more cpu power you could have available.

How do I reduce CPU overload in Ableton?

Optimize Live’s Audio and CPU Preferences



  1. Increase the Buffer Size. Ideally to a value by the power of 2, e.g. 128, 256, 512 or 1024. …
  2. Disable unused inputs and outputs. …
  3. Turn off the Spread function. …
  4. Set the Reverb to “Eco” mode. …
  5. Turn off Filters, LFOs and Effects. …
  6. Use Complex and Complex Pro warping sparingly.


Does freezing tracks reduce quality?

freeze means an invisible audio track is rendered. this will be at the project settings; ie., the same quality as anything you render by ‘export audio’; there is no loss.

What is Resampling Ableton?

Ableton Resampling feature lets you quickly and easily bounce whatever is coming through the master output to a new audio track. It’s a useful capability to have because you can quickly bounce a clip, a track or a group of tracks—with effects if you want.



What is consolidate in Ableton?


So if you have multiple audio tracks combining. Them down into one the first thing to go over is how do I consolidate multiple clips.

What is to consolidate a track and why would you do it?

Consolidating a track is the process of combining all the separate items on a track into one big item. This single item will span the full length of the project. It will also start right at the very beginning of the project i.e. at bar/measure 1.1. 00 or timestamp 0:00.000.

How do I merge two audio tracks in Ableton?

My old daw had this really useful feature where you could just select two (or more) tracks at the same time and then select a function from the options menu called “merge to sample”, then another audio track would pop up of those two tracks sampled together.

What does crop clips do in Ableton?

Environment. So the first one is crop the second one is consolidate. And the third one is flatten.



What is global quantization in Ableton?

So when you think about a guitar pedal or a looping pedal every time you start the loop if you don't do it exactly on the downbeat as things continue to loop they'll be slightly displaced.

How do I stretch audio in Ableton?

So I'm holding shift. And then I can either drag. It right to stretch or drag left to shrink it.