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Ultimate Ableton Live 9: Part 2 – Recording & Warping

Learning Ableton Live the right way: From the basics to the advanced, from Ableton Certified Trainer J. Anthony Allen.
Jason Allen
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English [Auto-generated]
Record audio using the best techniques for the home studio
Record MIDI using a keyboard input, controller, or manually inputting notes.
Understand and setup tracks for Warping using Live's powerful Warping engine

For years I’ve been teaching Ableton Live in the college classroom. As a University Professor, my classes are sought after, and, frankly, expensive. I believe Ableton Live can be learned by anyone, and cost shouldn’t be a barrier. This class uses the same outline and syllabus I’ve used in my college classes for years, at a fraction of the cost.

This is Part 2: Recording and Warping

In this class we cover everything when it comes to recording in Ableton Live – including Recording techniques in general.

  • Recording Hardware Needs
  • Recording Hardware Setup
  • Microphone Types and Options
  • Microhpone Purchasing Tips
  • Microphone Placement
  • Audio Interface Needs
  • Audio Interface Purchasing Tips
  • Single and Multitrack Recording
  • MIDI Hardware Needs
  • MIDI Hardware Purchasing Tips
  • MIDI Setup
  • MIDI Recording
  • …and much more!

I will be making 6 (six!) complete classes in order to bring you the most comprehensive manual on Ableton Live production techniques ever created. Each class has Sets, sessions, and experiments for you to try on your own and follow along with.

And of course, once you sign up any part, you automatically get huge discounts to all the upcoming parts (the next 5!) of this class.

You will not have another opportunity to learn Ableton Live in a more comprehensive way that this. Start here.

J. Anthony Allen is an Ableton Certified Trainer, and a PhD in Music Composition and master of Electronic Sounds. His music has been heard internationally in film, radio, video games, and industrial sound, as well as the concert hall and theater.

He currently as an adjunct professor of composition at the University of St. Thomas, Macphail Academy of Music, and the CEO of Slam Academy in Minneapolis.

Praise for other classes by J. Anthony Allen:

  • “Dr Allen does it again with his music theory for electronic musicians series. This course really opened up everything I learned from the 1st section and now I understand more about the composition side of things for music. I highly highly recommend this course to anyone!!! Really opened my eyes to many things I wasn’t aware of.”

  • “The Best Teacher ever, who makes you understand the ins & outs of Music Theory by all mean without giving what you don’t want to know.”
  • “I have never had any formal training in music at all. Trying to learn all the notes and how everything translated was a serious challenge. After going thru this class, Dr. J has totally brought down the barriers. The content was very useful and was easy to grasp for me.”

Welcome & Overview


Welcome to the class! A few notes about what we will cover in this class.

How We Will Be Covering These Topics

A few notes about getting started, what to expect, and how to get the most out of this course.

Audio Recording Fundamentals

Audio Recording Fundamentals

An overview of what we will be covering in this section. Don't worry - it won't be all that technical!

Hardware Needs

We typically think of two things that we need to record: A computer, and a microphone. But there is one other piece of the puzzle that is essential.

Hardware Setup

Now that we know what our hardware looks like, in this section we will walk through how to set it all up.


What to look for in a microphone, the different kinds of microphones, and my personal recommendations.

Microphone Placement

Microphone placement techniques could be a whole other class, but in this video I'll give you a few tips to get a clean sound and avoid some common issues.

Monitor Modes

Back to Ableton Live! A brief explanation of Monitor Modes - very, very important for home-studio situations in which feedback could be a big (and dangerous) problem.

Tracking in Arrangement View

We will start recording into Arrangement View, using a single microphone (but multiple tracks).

Multi-tracking in Arrangement View

Now that we can cleanly record a single microphone in Arrangement View, in this section we will look at recording multiple microphones at once - a situation you would need to record a band.

Tracking & Multi-Tracking in Session View

Now lets look at tracking in Session View. It is mostly the same, but has a few things that work different that you need to know about.

Overdubbing and "Punching In/Out"

Overdubbing is a way of re-recording something for a second take. Punching In is a much smoother way to do that, and in Ableton Live, we have a few smooth tricks for getting the "punch" exactly right.

MIDI Recording in Ableton Live

MIDI Recording Fundamentals

In this video we will talk about what will be covered in this section, and make sure we are all up to speed on some terms.

Hardware Needs for MIDI

The hardware you need to do MIDI recording can be simple and inexpensive if you know what to look for.

Hardware Setup

Once we've selected our MIDI controller (keyboard or something else), we need to tell Ableton Live a few things about it to get it setup correctly.

How MIDI Works

In order to make sense of MIDI in Ableton Live, we need to understand a little more background about MIDI. In this video we will walk through what MIDI is, and what an "Instrument" is.

Recording MIDI in Arrangement View

Now we can get down to business! In this video we will walk through setting up a track and recording into Arrangement View.

Recording MIDI in Session View

Now that we've conquered Session View for MIDI recording, we will now look over at Session View.

Quantizing MIDI

One of the biggest advantages that working with MIDI has is our ability to Quantize. In this section I'll explain what that means, and do a few demonstrations.


Introduction to Warping

Warping is a powerful element in Ableton Live. In this introduction I'll explain some key concepts about it.

What is Warping?

What Warping is, What it is not, and how to take advantage of it.

Anchors and Commands

In this section we get into the real details of warping: Setting Warp Markers, and helping Live to understand the clip.

Warp Modes

We can help Live to understand our clip a little more by adjusting the Warp Modes. In this video we will walk through the different Warp Modes and look at what they are best used for.

Granulation Techniques

Sometimes we might want to warp a clip "incorrectly" for musical purposes. This tends to result in granulation artifacts, which can make some interesting sounds if you use them well.

Wrap Up!

A Brief Wrap-Up

A few parting thoughts, where to go from here, and things to explore.

Part 3: Editing and Producing

The next class is coming soon!

Part 3 is Live!

Part 3: Producing & Editing is live! Here is the info on getting in!


You've come this far... maybe you are willing to go a little further...

Bonus Videos

A Comparison of Two Microphones

When it comes to microphones, you need the right tool for the job. In this video I'll show you a case for when a nicer dynamic mic is not the right choice.

Recording 2 tracks at once in Session View (Response to a Question)

Someone asked: Can I record two tracks at once in session view? YES! This is how.

Bonus Lecture: Timeline Commands

I've received a lot of questions about just navigating the time line (Arrangement view). This video is an excerpt from the next class (Ultimate Ableton Live 3) in which we cover Timeline commands, and some navigation tricks. 

Bonus Lecture: Discount Offers & Mailing List

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