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The Music Producer's Creative Guide to Ableton Live 11

By : Anna Lakatos
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The Music Producer's Creative Guide to Ableton Live 11

By: Anna Lakatos

Overview of this book

The Music Producer's Guide to Ableton Live will help you sharpen your production skills and gain a deeper understanding of the Live workflow. If you are a music maker working with other digital audios workstations (DAWs) or experienced in Ableton Live, perhaps earlier versions, you’ll be able to put your newfound knowledge to use right away with this book. You’ll start with some basic features and workflows that are more suitable for producers from another DAW looking to transfer their skills to Ableton Live 11.2. As you explore the Live concept, you’ll learn to create expressive music using Groove and MIDI effects and demystify Live 11’s new workflow improvements, such as Note Chance and Velocity Randomization. The book then introduces the Scale Mode, MIDI Transform tools, and other key features that can make composition and coming up with melodic elements easier than ever before. It will also guide you in implementing Live 11's new and updated effects into your current workflow. By the end of this Ableton Live book, you’ll be able to implement advanced production and workflow techniques and amplify live performance capabilities with what the Live 11 workflow has to offer.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Part 1: The Live Concept and Workflow
Part 2: Creative Music Production Techniques with Ableton Live 11
Part 3: Deep Dive into Ableton Live

Converting melody, harmony, and drums into MIDI

In this section, we will take a look at all three audio-to-MIDI conversion options and discover how you can utilize these in the best possible way.

Convert Melody to New MIDI Track

The Convert Melody to New MIDI Track command is useful for converting audio that contains monophonic information, meaning there is only one note playing. Melody conversion will work great on material such as vocals, basslines, instrument melodies (not chords), and, once again, instruments playing monophonic information.

In this example, we will convert an audio loop of a bass line into MIDI.

We will be working in the Arrangement View. However, audio-to-MIDI conversion works the same way in both Session View and Arrangement View.

There are multiple ways to perform the audio-to-MIDI conversion; let’s have a look at the first one:

  1. You can open up the provided Chapter 9 project.
  2. Navigate to the track called BASS LOOP.
  3. Ctrl...