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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 MIDI into audio with Freeze and Flatten

Converting audio into MIDI is actually super easy in Live. Besides the obvious reasons why you would do this, it also gives you a chance to commit to your ideas by “printing” the MIDI track’s editable notes and device parameters, forcing you to commit to your ideas.

Also, working with audio takes way less CPU power than MIDI. Therefore, it can be a way to take some stress off your CPU.

Let’s have a look at how to do this:

  1. In the Chapter 9 project, navigate to the track called E-PIANO.
  2. Ctrl + click (right-click for Windows) on the track title bar and choose Freeze Track from the contextual menu.
  3. Once the track is frozen, you are not able to tweak the parameters anymore. This is already taking stress off your CPU. This step is also crucial, as you will only see the Flatten option if the track is already frozen.
  4. Now, in order to use Flatten on the track (flattening tracks will convert...