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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

Comping in Live 11

Another fantastic new feature arrived with the Live 11 update. If you have used a different DAW before, you most probably came across the comping feature in your DAW before.

We have already looked at how to use Take Lanes and record into them in Chapter 2, Recording Audio in Ableton Live 11. Now, we are going to open that project that we recorded and comp those takes.

I have renamed the clips in the Take Lanes and re-colored them, which you can do by Ctrl + click (right-click for Windows) on the clip and choosing these options from the context menu (see Figure 6.8):

Figure 6.8 – Take Lanes are re-colored and renamed

Figure 6.8 – Take Lanes are re-colored and renamed

You can give this process a bit more thought when you are recording vocals or instruments, also in terms of how you are naming the Take Lanes themselves.


You can use color coding to indicate the quality of the Take Lanes, so, for example, the not-so-great ones can be orange and the ones that have quite...