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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

Discovering Scale Mode and Scale Settings in Ableton 
Live 11

This is a new feature in Ableton Live 11 that enables you when it is set up to easily write melodies within the chosen scale.

This feature can be enabled in the Clip View (see Figure 4.26):

Figure 4.26 – Access to Scale Mode in the Clip View

Figure 4.26 – Access to Scale Mode in the Clip View

Let’s try it out:

  1. Let’s head to Session View for this task (although it works the same way in both Session View and Arrangement View since it’s a feature that is applied to a MIDI clip).
  2. Create a new MIDI track with an instrument playing a piano sound.
  3. Now, create an empty MIDI clip.
  4. Let’s extend the clip to at least 2 bars.
  5. Enable the Scale button (see Figure 4.27) in the Clip View.
  6. Chose the preferred root note and scale types by using the drop-down menus next to the Scale button.
  7. Now, you should see some changes both on the Piano Roll and the MIDI editor.
  8. All the colored...