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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

Exploring MIDI Mapping, External Instrument, and MIDI CCs

After looking at some of Live’s unique and fun features, such as Tempo Follower and Follow Action, among others, in this chapter, we are going to start by learning more about musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) controllers and getting hands-on with MIDI mapping. MIDI controllers can be a great addition to your setup, especially if you are an instrumentalist or simply like a more tactile music-making experience. They can be considered for both the studio and the stage. MIDI controllers don’t just allow you to play MIDI instruments or external synths; their usage can also be extended a lot by mapping parameters of Live to be controlled by your MIDI controller, which we will explore in this chapter.

We will also look at how you can hook up external synths to Live and what uses MIDI continuous controllers (CCs) have.

The chapter will consist of the following topics:

  • MIDI controllers
  • MIDI mapping...