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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

Tempo and time signature changes

In this section, we are going to discover how we can automate the session tempo as well as how to implement time signature changes.

Implementing tempo changes

This can be useful if you would like a section of your song to speed up or slow down at some point. It can provide some real contrast to your song, or can be useful you are recording various tracks into the same project with different song tempos.

Let’s check out how we can implement tempo changes into our project by automating the song tempo!

  1. Open the Chapter 11 project (I already applied some automation and modulation for inspiration in this project, so feel free to work around these or delete them).
  2. Navigate to the Arrangement View.
  3. Navigate to the Master track.
  4. To be able to automate any parameters, we need to enable Automation Mode, by pressing the Automation Mode button or using the hotkey A.
Figure 11.1 – The Automation Mode button

Figure 11.1 – The Automation...