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How to set up Elk WIRE in Ableton Live
How to set up Elk WIRE in Ableton Live

A step-by-step guide on how to get started with Elk WIRE in Ableton Live

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Written by Björn Ehlers
Updated over a week ago

The Elk WIRE plugin allows you to connect your DAW to the Elk app, enabling you to run sessions using backing tracks and your favorite VST effects and instruments.

Elk WIRE has been designed to be used on a bus track for maximum flexibility. If you're unsure of how to set up a bus track in Ableton Live here is a step-by-step guide. In the example, a single audio track is used, but the same logic applies regardless of what type of tracks you're using (instrument tracks, live audio, or pre-recorded)

Prefer a written guide? Here you go...

Getting Started

Route audio to a return track

Use the Sends on a track to route audio to a return track.

Make sure the "Master Sends" on the return track are all the way up and that the sends are set to Pre-Fader.

Load plugin

Load the Elk WIRE plugin on the return track and adjust the sends on your audio track to make sure you have a good input level.


Activate Elk WIRE

Click the Activate button to link your Ableton Live project to the Elk app. As you now can see in Elk your input source is the Elk WIRE plugin. (You can now close the Elk WIRE plugin, but keep it running).

Setting input and monitor levels

To adjust your Elk input level, or the mix you send to Elk please use your send pots. To adjust the monitor volume of yourself when in a session, please use the track faders in Ableton Live. (Those adjustments will not affect the input signal you send to your bandmates when in a session.)

Setting up a mix?

If you want to send audio from more than one track to your Elk session, please use the Sends on each of those tracks to send audio to your Elk WIRE bus track.

Record your session?

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