You might have noticed at some point that automation that looks like this while you are recording it…

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…ends up looking like this after the recording stops:

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This is because Live automatically “thins” the automation data. In other words, it removes breakpoints that are deemed unecessary and creates a simpler shape with more straight lines.

These simplified automation shapes are a little easier to edit but sometimes noticeably reduce the accuracy of a recorded performance. If you find this to be the case, it’s easily tweakable in the options.txt file. Just add the line


…to leave automation in tact exactly as it was recorded. Instead of zero, you can use any number between 0 and 1 with 1 being the maximum amount of thinning. Live’s default is .45 so there’s a good bit it can be adjusted in either direction.



looks a little different after