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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

Saving templates

Templates can really speed your workflow up for specific types of work!

If you are, for example, editing loads of voice-overs for videos or recording loads of vocals and you find yourself having to set up the same chain of devices on tracks for your session, that’s when it’s probably a good idea to save a template. You could have one for all your voice-over work and all your vocal recording work. When you open these templates, the saved data will automatically be loaded up, so you don’t have to set up the same track count and devices over and over again.

If you look at Figure 1.29, you can see that you also have options to save templates.

Save Live Set As Template… will save your set into your User Library (Figure 1.31).

Figure 1.31 – Saved template in User Library

Figure 1.31 – Saved template in User Library

Ableton also provides some of its own templates that are already made for you, which you can find in your browser, under the Templates tab (Figure 1.32).

Figure 1.32 –  Premade templates in the browser

Figure 1.32 – Premade templates in the browser

Lastly, you can also select Save Live Set As Default Set…, which means every time you open Live, this Set will load up by default.

This is something that should you also consider doing if you find yourself always using the same devices on your Master track (of course, with different settings) or if you have a specific reverb device preference for your Return Track, so each time you sit down to produce, all of these settings will be automatically loaded for you.