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Name/Version: Comping Takes 3.0
Author: MessinkiMusic  
Description: A Max for Live device that massively speeds up and streamlines comping workflow in Ableton Live

I’m now hosting this on Gumroad, so please follow the link to it there.


In a group of tracks, only the selected track is unmuted, so that you can quickly listen to multiple takes of a recording.

Soloing and arming also follows the selected track

Automatically creates, names and colours new takes when needed, after recording

Automatic naming and colouring of tracks to provide visual feedback when stitching together multiple takes in a comp track

Buttons to assist setting up and removing a comp group

input and monitoring state of the selected track is applied to all tracks in group.


Device Details

Downloads: 947
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Live Version Used: 10.1.18
Max Version Used: 8.1.2
Date Added: Mar 09 2020 19:54:52
Date Last Updated: Sep 25 2020 19:29:42
Average Rating (1) 5
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Device Type: audio_device
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Device File: Go To Gumroad Link.amxd


Fantastic, MessinkiMusic!
You did it! Great comping tool and very elegant group track ! one feature we all wanted for age!
Thank you so much!
Next step would be, in all group sharing the same name device, to link other actions, like add a track, delete a track, copy a track.
And after that, another step would be the ability to create and select a new track in every armed group when rerecording.
Another idea would be the ability to link editing between groups. But I don't know if Max4live would allow that.

Thanks for the linked editing between groups update!

One question / suggestion tho - what do you think about making it so if two tracks share the same name in different groups say with the same identifier - i.e. vox [take_01] - those will me muted / unmuted together, rather than having it just be first track linked with first track, second with second, etc.?

I've thought about this, but I think that it would just make things more confusing, and would be more hassle than its worth. Are there any cases you can think of that would really need this?

So I was thinking of how in Logic you can slice parts of each take and then bounce that all those parts to one stereo file. Using some sort of identifier you could sort of achieve the same thing, less the bouncing part.

Taking that idea one step further, this second image would also disable the clips on the muted tracks making it easier to see the overview of what parts you're taking from each clip:

Annoyingly Max for Live doesn't give you much control over arrangement clips at all. The way I've been using this device is to create an extra track in the group that you can copy and paste bits of various takes into. Then you can select that comp track and listen to the whole thing, rather than having to turn off the device and unmute all the tracks that have been used in the comp. Does that make sense? Do keep suggesting ideas, I'm interested to know how people approach it

Man this is sooo good, will save me alot of time. I'm a newbie and I don't know how really max works, but adding playback when click audio clip and something like, copy clip to "selected track", at the same position on time grid, it will be a complete comping experience. Anyway thank for this, is a verry good tool !

Really liking this. But one thing would be really useful - is there a way to *enable* the functionality when Live is recording? I would like to be able to quickly loop record onto new tracks and don't mind taking the risk of having a recording split between tracks now and then. If there's an object I can bypass or change I don't mind doing it myslef. But I'm quite new to Max and can't figure out where you have done it!
The other (related) thing that would be really useful to take this a stage further- and I don't know if it's possible - is when looping is on, when you reach the end of the loop, the next track is automatically selected and armed so you could fluidly loop record takes.

Timday101 Just added a checkbox for keeping the functionality while recording.


I've download the device, i'm very excited but it doesn't seem to work, do you have a small tutorial?



Hey Wim, send me and email to and I'll see if I can help you out

+1 "when looping is on, when you reach the end of the loop, the next track is automatically selected and armed"

Maybe a version for miditracks wouldn?t be too much work?

And I found a small bug I think that propably doesn?t happen very often but it happened to me: when you have a device with automation on the group track or on one of the recorded audiotracks, and then at some point remove the comping group, then all the automation is gone.

I think this device is very great, and it should really be integrated into Live as a standard. Maybe write to them and they?ll give you a job ;))


Guys, is there really no existing option to record master in Ableton?

I need a device that will hold the ARM forever during a live session, so that everything that happens in the DAW was recorded. Because if you use a looper, the Ableton won't record it. Using comand+click will not help, because I use a lot of tracks and do everything through controllers on the fly.

So far I know only one device, it's _P4R - Arm-Me audio v1.5 But it stops recording as soon as you turn on ARM on another track. PLEASE HELP!!!

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