Introduction to Ableton Live
In this course for Ableton Live 9, and Ableton Live Lite 9, you will learn how to navigate and manage your workflow from a preset arrangement to the final steps of export. I will go over how to do the basics tasks, and walk you through the skills you need to know, to take your song/arrangement to the final steps.
This course is designed for beginners, however it is useful for any experience level. You will learn about organization, and I will share with you my tips from using Live, after producing over 300 songs with the program.
I make short lessons to follow along, so if you only have a little amount of time, you can take a lesson here and there. I make things to the point, quick and simple.
My goal is to help you learn in a easy and direct route, to cut your learning curve, and get you up and running with Ableton Live as efficiently as possible.
You will learn all the basics, all the main pieces. My lessons are what I teach, so if you miss something, it will be easy for you to find the lesson, and watch it again.
I want you to be comfortable with using Ableton, so I have spent the time to go over in this course, exactly what you need to know, and in the order that you need to go in, so that you can fix the song/arrangement incrementally.
I give you lots of tips and tricks, that are in almost every lesson, with all the experience that I have accumulated now ready for your consumption. Take advantage of my 20+ years of music industry experience, along with vast knowledge of sequencing, arranging, compositions, and my easy style of teaching.
I had a lot of fun making this course, and I hope that you enjoy it, as much as I enjoyed making it. Also please leave your feedback and comments, as I treasure that and greatly appreciate how this course was able to help improve your skills and abilities.
Beginning with the Basics
In this lecture, you will learn about the course, and what to expect.
Getting started. Opening Ableton Live 9, and then opening a recent project.
It is important to name your project properly. After writing over 800 songs, and composing about 100+ songs a year in Ableton Live, I have found some great ways to name projects, and keep track songs. This helps you to find your work, and easily identify your tracks, and what you have done.
The two views of Ableton Live
Going over the classic Timeline/Arrangement view.
Here I show you how to correlate the Tracks/Channels between to two views. This is how Ableton maximizes functionality. However, to use it efficiently, it is important to understand how the two parts interact, how they fit together.
Here you learn more details about the Scene/Session view. This is where all the clips are launched(played) from.
This is a small quiz for the starter section.
Learn to tell the difference between an Audio Track and a MIDI track.
Learn to tell the differences between an Audio Track and a MIDI track.
Here you are going to learn about the signal path of the channel. The place where you insert effects. I go over and explain about the differences between a MID and Audio Channel as well.
One of the most important things to understand is the relationship of how all the parts in Ableton work. This interface is a split design. It is very helpful to know how to connect the pieces in the split design. This lesson will help you to understand and appreciate the design of Ableton.
Learn about scenes, and what you can do with them in Ableton Live
Learn to work with effects, and adjust some volumes, parameters, and values.
Here is the second quiz for this course.
Learn how to work with MIDI files.
Learn how to make your life easier with the FOLD feature.
Learn about interfacing with MIDI gear. Learn the difference between onboard and outboard gear. Learn the basics of working with external MIDI interfaces, and modules.
Learn to work with MIDI clips and how to edit them.
Learn techniques to capture your best take, and then use it.
Learn about variations, and how to vary your clips.
This is a quiz on the MIDI section of the course.
Finalizing in Ableton Live
Learn about recording external audio.
Learn how to use solo like a real sound engineer. A real professional tool and secret.
Learn the process of converting your scenes into arrangements.
Learn how to modify the arrangement of the classic timeline view.
Look at some useful features on the timeline view.
Learn how to hide inputs and other information in Ableton Live. Also learn where to show it, when you are looking for it!
The final quiz. I hoped you had as much fun with this course, as I had making and creating it.