Ableton Live II: MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface)

Brian Jackson, Music Producer, Audio Engineer, Musician, Author

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15 Lessons (1h 11m)
    • 1. Trailer

      1:51
    • 2. What is MIDI?

      3:43
    • 3. Setting Up Your MIDI Controllers

      9:00
    • 4. Computer MIDI Keyboard

      2:50
    • 5. Key and MIDI Mapping

      6:49
    • 6. MIDI Clips 101 - The Piano Roll

      3:46
    • 7. Finding Drum Sounds

      3:53
    • 8. Pencil a Drum Beat

      4:20
    • 9. Editing MIDI 101

      7:08
    • 10. Getting Ready to Record MIDI

      3:42
    • 11. Recording MIDI drums

      4:34
    • 12. Recording MIDI Keys

      4:16
    • 13. Quantize 101

      3:48
    • 14. Quantizing MIDI Performances

      5:04
    • 15. Groove 101

      6:04
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Project Description

Create a MIDI sequence with good musical timing

MIDI in Live 101

  1. Get your MIDI keyboard up and running

    Set your preferences by going to Live > Preferences.

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    You can chose your options from here.

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  2. Map some controls with KEY and MIDI modes

    You can map interface elements to your keyboard. 

    Hit the Key Mapping switch in the upper right corner.

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     This will enable you to assign actions in the key mapping browser.

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Drawing Drum Beats

  1. Draw in a few beats

    Find a sound then double click it to create an empty clip.

    Press "B" to turn on draw mode.

    Draw your beats.

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  2. Edit your beats

    Right clicking on the grid will allow you to switch to "Adaptive Grid" mode.

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    From here you can make more nuanced beats.

Recording MIDI in Session View

  1. Record a few drum beats

    Use a metronome to place your drum beats then record them.

    You can use the Quantize tool to make sure your beats stay in time.

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  2. Record a bass line

     Use your drum beat as a guide to recording a bass line.

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  3. Record some keys

    Record your keys.

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Quantize & Groove

  1. Quantize your drum beats

    Right click then select Quantize Settings?

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    The following dialogue box allows you to chose how much your notes snap to a grid.

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  2. Quantize your key recordings

    You can also manually quantize each note one at a time.

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  3. Apply a groove to your clips

    You can find grooves by going to Packs > Swing and Grooves.

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  4. Create a quantized musical sketch with MIDI

    Create a MIDI sequence with good musical timing. Record five clips, edit them, then quantize and/or apply grooves. 

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