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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

Slice to New MIDI Track

The Slice to New MIDI Track command will allow you to slice (or chop up) audio and trigger the slices with MIDI notes.

This way, you can re-sequence audio material, and play the slices like an instrument.

To do this, see the following:

  1. Navigate in the project to the track called SLICE.
  2. Make sure the audio is warped correctly.
  3. Ctrl + click (right-click on Windows) on the audio clip and choose Slice to New MIDI track from the contextual menu.
  4. You will see a pop-up window:
Figure 9.8 – Slice to New MIDI track pop-up window

Figure 9.8 – Slice to New MIDI track pop-up window

The first dropdown (Create one slice per:) will allow you to choose how you want to slice the audio (by what value). I chose Transient, so Live will create a slice by each transient of the clip.


When I work with more complex audio material and I’d like to manipulate this slicing further, I tend to choose Create one slice per: Warp Marker. Before I got to this...