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The Music Producer's Creative Guide to Ableton Live 11

By : Anna Lakatos
Book Image

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

Importing and recording audio in Arrangement View

Let’s open a new Live set by navigating to File | New Live Set.

A window will pop up asking you whether you’d like to keep temporary recording files (see Figure 2.12) – you should select Delete:

Figure 2.12 – Pop-up window

Figure 2.12 – Pop-up window

Once that is done, follow these steps:

  1. Now that we have an empty project open, let’s hit the Tab key on the computer keyboard to switch to Arrangement View.
  2. Drag and drop a drum loop from the browser again to the first empty audio track.
  3. Enable the metronome and one-bar count-in again.
  4. Navigate to another empty audio track, set the appropriate input at the I/O section and the monitoring to Auto, and arm the track (see Figure 2.13):
Figure 2.13 – I/O, monitoring, and track arming set up

Figure 2.13 – I/O, monitoring, and track arming set up

  1. Now, we are going to press the Arrangement Record button, and you will hear the count-in before the...