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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

Setting up Live for recording

Let’s head to where we need to start:

  1. After opening Live, navigate to Live | Preferences (Options | Preferences on Windows)or use the Cmd + , (Ctrl + , for Windows) shortcut.
  2. Choose the Audio tab:
Figure 2.1 – The Audio tab in Preferences

Figure 2.1 – The Audio tab in Preferences

Now, you should see the audio preferences (see Figure 2.1):

  • For Audio Input Device, you should choose where your microphone is connected to.

This could be your audio interface where you plugged your microphone in with an XLR cable, or if you are recording an instrument, then your quarter-inch jack cable.

If you are using a USB microphone, that will also show up here. Alternatively, if you don’t have a microphone, you can use your computer’s built-in microphone.

  • For Output Device, you should choose where your headphones are connected to – again, this could be your audio interface or your computer’s built-in...