Multitrack-recording from TidalCycles to Ableton (Windows 10)

So I've only been able to find documentation on how to record multiple/individual tracks from Tidal Cycles using "orbits" on Mac into Ableton, but haven't found anything on how to do it with Windows... any help would be much appreciated!

I know there is a way to record an entire session from SuperCollider, but you can't really mix down tracks that way/add automated effects/chop/resample sounds.

Also, it doesn't have to be directly into Ableton, just so long as the individual tracks are recorded into a folder somewhere that would be brilliant!

Thanks in advance.

Also, does Alex McLean have a Patreon? We should all likely be paying him monthly for keeping up with all these inquiries and tutorials + etc... just a thought.


Hi @onokio,

The instructions should be the same on Mac and Linux, apart from routing audio from SuperCollider to your DAW. VB-CABLE is one option for this:

If you have something like a USB sound module, your might also be able to do the routing through that.

I have a ko-fi page but I'm not pushing it at the moment as I made a good amount of money from running the course to sustain Tidal development for a little bit, and well, it's a funny time to be asking for donations with a lot of more important causes in need around e.g. Black Lives Matter and food banks.



Thanks for the link! I didn't realize the instruction were applicable to Windows, thanks for the clarification.

And I'm with you on the rerouting of funds to those in crisis. Just hoping you're getting paid fairly for your work is all, like all creators and artists should. :smile:

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I have had some success using VB-CABLE and routing the audio into Ableton, however I am only able to get two channels working. I am unsure at this point if it is a problem with my startup file or some configuration in VB-CABLE. I am trying to get 8 stereo channels sent to Ableton. Right now Orbits 0-3 will send audio to my single stereo pair in Ableton but none of the other Oribits seem to send audio. If anyone else has been more successful please share! I feel like I am almost there.

There's some discussion on audio routing in Windows in this thread. (I explain here in detail how I get multichannels into Reaper - Ableton is a bit trickier since it doesn't support the same range of audio drivers, but it should be possible)

VB Cable only supports 2 channel audio routing, so you'll need either a multichannel hardware device, or something like the LoopBeAudio (which you have to pay a small fee for).

Thank you for the help! The VB-CABLE documentation is not very clear and the control panel for the driver shows 8 channels so that is very confusing.

Yes it's a bit mysterious! Happy to help and feel free to shout if you get stuck again