Some good stuff here. An alternative to the innerclock below:
Getting Abe and hardware synced nicely comes up a lot on forums and one I smashed my own head in with for years… but it is sorted now.
Anyway now I have an Expert Sleepers ES5 eurorack module, sending midi clock from Ableton to my hardware and all is good. It is an expensive solution if you don’t already have a modular and an ADAT/SPDIF compatible audio interface though.
The way it works in my setup is:
Ableton > MOTU 828 ADAT Out > Expert Sleepers ES3 & ES5 > Hardware Midi In.
How it Works:
The ES3 turns the 8 Digital audio ADAT signals into large analog signals suitable for modular control but the ES5 piggy backs on just one of the 8 outputs and breaks that signal into 8 separate gate signals.
So you then have 7 large audio control signals and 8 gate signals. You can then use each of these gate output as a midi signal.
So I use 3 of these, 1 to drive the MDUW, 1 for the Monomachine and 1 for the Octatrack.
I use 3 separate ones rather than just chaining them as each of the Elektron machines respond slightly differently to midi clock, the Octatrack picks it up almost instantly but the mono and the MD are a little slower. It also means I have all midi channels available for all 3 devices, so no conflicts when sending lots of midi data at once.
Been very happy ever since.