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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

From Session View to the Arrangement View

We already learned that we can copy-paste clips from the Session View to the Arrangement View.

But what is actually more exciting is that we can record the arrangement on the fly!

This is why organizing the Session View properly is so important, as it means we can just press record and launch the scenes and record our first sketch for the arrangement.

First, you shouldn’t feel the pressure to compose an entire track in the Session View, record it, and be done. It is a common practice to lay down the main ideas (a couple of tracks), the backbone of a track, quickly in the Session View, then move into the Arrangement View to finish the composition. You can still add additional instruments, edits, and transition sounds, as naturally, having the track idea laid down on the timeline will give you new ideas on how to proceed further with your track until it is finished.

To record your arrangement on the fly, do the following: