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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

Preparing to arrange – session organization techniques

It is very important to be able to navigate the project to organize it.

You can use the Chapter 10 project to follow along with me:

  1. Open the project.

You will find a bunch of tracks with clips organized into scenes, which will form sections of our arrangement (Figure 10.1).

(You can recap how to navigate and organize clips and scenes in Session View in Chapter 1, Taking a Quick Tour of Ableton Live 11.)

Figure 10.1 – The Chapter 10 project

Figure 10.1 – The Chapter 10 project

  1. Let’s make sure that all the tracks are renamed to our taste, unused tracks are deleted, tracks and clips are color-coded, and similar tracks are moved to be next to each other (for example, the three synth tracks).
  2. Start with renaming and recoloring the tracks. To do this, Ctrl + click (right-click on Windows)on the track title bar and choose the appropriate options from the contextual menu (Figure 10.2).