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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

Playing Live

Ableton Live was originally designed as a loop arranger tool made to take studio production to the live stage. Now that the software has turned into a DAW, it of course still holds tools and features that provide a fluid performance workflow with many techniques and possibilities for performance that are hard to come by in other DAWs, or unique to Live altogether.

In this chapter, I have collected a couple of topics, considerations, techniques, and features that are specifically useful for Live Performance and will be helpful for you to improve your performance techniques or prepare your first set for performing live.

The chapter will consist of the following topics:

  • Playing live with Ableton Live
  • Clip Launch options
  • Setting up dummy clips
  • Syncing with Ableton Link and MIDI
  • Cue Out and output routing
  • Ableton Push and other controller considerations