I have a piece of music that I commissioned that is basically a jingle for a YouTube channel. The composer has made me a background loop followed by an outro, which are contained in a single audio file (wav format). I wanted to bring all this into Ableton so I can play the loop for an arbitrarily long time (rather than the fixed time that has been supplied) and trigger the outro by hitting a pad on my controller.
The background music is a 4-bar loop that repeas several times, with an outro that is a crescendo for 1 bar, breaking into the outro proper in the following bar. The crescendo begins in the 4th bar of the loop and the outro proper begins on what would have been bar 1 of the loop.
I have imported this clip and isolated and looped just 4 bars of the original clip, so I can just hit a pad on my controller and set that playing as long as I like in a never ending loop. So far so good.
I have also isolated the outro part into a clip consisting of 3 bars of the loop, followed by the crescendo bar, then outro, 15 bars total.
Now what I want to achieve is that I can trigger my outro any time during bars 1-3 of my loop, so that the crescendo begins playing in bar 4 and then continues into the outro, which plays out to the end and stops.
I think I need to use Legato mode and it sort of nearly works, but because my outro is 16 bars long, when I trigger it, it often starts playing somewhere in the middle instead of at the beginning.
How could I arrange things so that my outro clip always starts playing at bar 4 of my background loop, no matter when I trigger it?
I probably haven't worded this very clearly as I'm quite new to Ableton and music production in general. I hope you'll bear with me...