In the last tutorial I explained how automatic tempo and time signature changes can be achieved in Live's Session View. So what if you needed this for Arrangement View? Here's how...

Time Signature Changes

They are pretty easy and straight forward to add with the respective markers.

  1. Unless you want them add very odd intervals in between bars, make sure that grid snapping is on (Ctrl + 4 (Windows), Cmd +4 (Mac)).
  2. Right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac) right underneath the beat-time ruler at the desired position.
  3. From the context menu choose 'Insert Time Signature Change'.
  4. Add the respective time signature, e.g. 3/4 and press Enter.
  5. In Live's Time Signature Field in the top left a little red dot will appear indicating that it's been automated.
  6. You can drag a time signature marker anywhere in the timeline, delete it and you can get to its content menu with a right-click (Win) or Ctrl-click (Mac). From there you can choose 'Edit Time Signature', 'Delete' or even 'Delete All Time Signature Changes'.

Tempo Changes

There are several ways to achieve tempo changes in the Arrangement View. If your audio clips are warped, you can set clips to be tempo masters. More than one clip can be assigned as tempo masters, but only one at a time can actually be it. The bottom-most, currently playing clip that was assigned will serve as the master. Live's Tempo Field will be disabled and the tempo is given by the respective tempo master.

  1. Double-click on a clip to make the Clip View visible.
  2. In its Sample Box click on 'Slave'. It will turn into 'Master' which is also highlighted.

Along the timeline the tempo will change according to the playing tempo master clips.

This only works for newly warped files and not for files in which you've set your own warp markers. However, there is another way to create tempo changes in Arrangement View that works with unwarped clips and custom warp markers in clips. I'll explain it in an extra tutorial.

Questions or comments are welcome as usual. :)

There are plenty more Ableton Live tutorials where this one came from.