Reader Questions Answered: How to Record Beat Repeat's Variations

Beat Repeat is a very powerful effect and can help you create some completely unforeseen variations on your beats. Unfortunately, it's unpredicatibility makes it difficult to work sometimes. Never fear, though! In this video, excerpted from the twice-monthly Q&A video for the Ableton Cookbook email list, we talk about a cool technique that I use to capture some of Beat Repeat's variations. Specifically, I explain the utility of using the "Gate" mode of the effect on a Return Track. This is something that I've never seen talked about before, so I'm pretty excited to share it with yall! If you'd like to submit a question, or just to have access to our twice-monthly videos, make sure to sign up for the email list at

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