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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

Diving into the Groove Pool

Step-inputted or fully quantized sequences can lack the feel of real performance because they are “too perfect,” “too on time,” or just sound unnatural and quite robotic. The same can be said about certain audio loops as well. Applying groove will slightly change the timing and “feel” of a sequence.

To make things even more interesting, we can also extract a groove from real-life recorded material and apply it to our MIDI.

Let’s have a look at how to do it:

  1. Navigate to the clip on the 808 Fairweather kit called k c hh m.
Figure 5.17 – The k c hh m clip selected

Figure 5.17 – The k c hh m clip selected

Note that this clip has a flat equal velocity on all the notes, which are all strictly arranged on the grid. If we play this back, it sounds super unnatural, flat, and just doesn’t have any life. Let’s breathe some in it!

  1. To find the grooves, navigate to the browser and choose...