This course is based on the Kadenze free course that you can pace at your own leisure.
Ideation to exploration. Ableton Live is incredibly intuitive.
The ideas and principles behind live include (from Robert Hanke):
save asin the same project, you can create an "alternative" version of the track.
The right-hand sidebar. This is where you can find the library of sounds, audio effects, plug-ins etc.
It is split into two pieces:
The places section will depend on how you've configured it.
Some important pieces to know:
Good thing to note: searching through Ableton can also filter through presets and sound effects etc. This is the case for audio effects + samples.
When it comes to previewing samples, it will play them quantized during playtime. If you select
Raw down the bottom of the sidebar, you can bypass the quantization. This will also be great to have off when checking out different drum kits.
The session view is the default view of live. If you don't see it, you can click the session view icon or press
In the session view, tracks contain clips. They can be audio files like loops, sampes or even entire songs.
On MIDI tracks, they can playback clips from virtual instruments.
You can only play one clip from a track at a time but you can play an entire "scene" which is a row on the session view. These scenes are quantized and pressing a button prior to another scene will start the next song.
Clips can be create by dragging in clips or files into the clip slot or by recording your own.
Pressing the "record" button on a free clip slot will enable you to record freely. If you then improvise you can record until you hit the
spacebar. If you play it back against the metronome and you know the timing is off, you can quantize and fix this by right-clicking and see the "quantize" settings.
There is an option under
Edit > Record Quantizationwhere you can select what the record automatically quantizes to.
Command + Uwill also quantize selected notes to the current settings. Holding command (or control) can allow you to take things off the grid without snapping.
You can also change colour and rename clips/scenes. You can also even do things like renaming scenes to a particular tempo and it will change tempo when that scene launches.
This is the other primary view. This will feel familiar if you've played around with other DAWs.
It is used to arrange your track.
To play the arrangement, you can hit the spacebar. If you hold the shift button down when hitting play, it will play directly from where it stopped.
For zooming if you double-click in a particular area it will zoom you in.
In the arrangement view, you can right-click and add locators to give "shortcuts" in the arrangement view.
One of the fun ways to do it, is to hit the
record button then begin playing your clips.
Hold shift when clicking if you want record to start when you fire the first clip.
Another way to move from session view to arrangement view is to click and hold a clip, hit tab and drop the clip whereever you want. You can also do the reverse!
Note that loops that are extended will update the loop everywhere we edited. Consolidate before you split the clip and independently edit.
To open the clip view, double-click on a clip within the main session or arrangement view.
Depending on the type of clips you select, there will be different things you can control. The common areas are the
Clip area and
Launch view only appears for Session View clips and the
Audio view is for audio clips only.
When you click on a clip, it will replay on the global quantization launch.
During this session, the
keymapping option from the top-right was selected to map the clip to
Legato is "where it will start playing within the clip when you trigger it". In the example, it showed jumping between two clips without quantisation but playing at the same spot the previous clip was.
Note: if you select multiple clips, you can change values for both.
Sample area, there are options to playback audio clips in high quality, you can reverse the clip and there is also fade on by default to help with clip transitions and playback. Change that if you notice some transients not hitting for some drums.
The RAM parameter will load the clip into memory, but you only have limited RAM so sometimes this is not the best option.
There are also options for things such as transposition.
For percussive sounds, you generally want to choose
transients to preserve those sounds and keep it within
Beats warp mode. There is also a
Re-Pitch mode for other sounds.
Tones can make some interesting grain size changes.
Texture deals with some interesting stretching. There is a
complex mode if you're trying to change entire arrangements.
Envelopes used as you may expect. You can automate any of your clip settings over time.
If you click loop you can change the envelope automation over the sample so it isn't the same length as the sample.
You can do the follow with MIDI on the Clip view: