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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

The grid settings in the MIDI editor

In order to change the grid resolution in the MIDI editor, we simply Ctrl + click (right-click on Windows) and we will have a few options in the context menu:

  • Adaptive Grid: This function means that when you are zooming in and out in the sample editor, the grid will adapt to its values. For example, using the Narrow option might make your grid 1/32 when you are fully zoomed out. As you start zooming in, you will start seeing smaller increments, such as 1/64 and so on (see Figure 4.11).
  • Fixed Grid: This option will fix your grid value to a specific chosen value. For example, if you set it to 1/16, it will always show you 1/16, no matter how zoomed in you are (see Figure 4.11).
  • Triplet Grid: This will change your grid to be able to sequence triplets (see Figure 4.11).
Figure 4.11 – Grid Settings in the Context Menu

Figure 4.11 – Grid Settings in the Context Menu


You can toggle between the grid resolutions by using the shortcuts Cmd...