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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

MPE with a controller

I already mentioned at the beginning of the chapter that, ideally, you should have an MPE controller (a physical controller) to get the most out of this feature; however, as you have seen throughout this chapter, it is not fully necessary.

There are a couple of different brands making MPE controllers, which you can easily find on the internet. When you have a controller, all the different modulations created by Slide, Pressure, and so on (which we have been exploring and using by manually drawing envelopes) can be controlled physically by sliding and applying pressure with your fingers while you are playing and recording.

What is really fun is that Ableton Push 2 can be also used to a certain extent to control MPE, as the Push has Polyphonic Aftertouch! (There’s more about Push 2 in Chapter 15, Playing Live.) Polyphonic Aftertouch creates a MIDI message specifically to each key that can be assigned to modulate parameters specific to each key/note...