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13 Lessons (56m)
    • 1. Ableton1 0 Overview

    • 2. Ableton1 1Session Vs Arrangement

    • 3. Ableton1 2 ArrangementOverview

    • 4. Ableton1 3 SessionOverview

    • 5. Ableton1 4 GettingAroundIntro

    • 6. Ableton1 5 InfoView

    • 7. Ableton1 6 HelpView

    • 8. Ableton1 7 Navigation

    • 9. Ableton1 8 ArrangementNavigation

    • 10. Ableton1 9 SessionNavigation

    • 11. Ableton1 10ClipView

    • 12. We Interrupt This Class...

    • 13. Ableton1 11 AddingContentIntro

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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 a segment from Part 1: The Basics & The Interface.

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

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.

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J. Anthony Allen has worn the hats of composer, producer, songwriter, engineer, sound designer, DJ, remix artist, multi-media artist, performer, inventor, and entrepreneur. Allen is a versatile creator whose diverse project experience ranges from works written for the Minnesota Orchestra to pieces developed for film, TV, and radio. An innovator in the field of electronic performance, Allen performs on a set of “glove” controllers, which he has designed, built, and programmed by himself. When he’s not working as a solo artist, Allen is a serial collaborator. His primary collaborative vehicle is the group Ballet Mech, for which Allen is one of three producers.

In 2014, Allen was a semi-finalist for the Grammy Foundation’s Music Educator of the Year.

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1. Ableton1 0 Overview: everybody welcome, Teoh This able to live course. So what we're gonna do in this courses this course is part of a A long program, of course, is that I'm trying to make. And this is the 1st 1 So what I'm really expecting you to do is take this course. This will be the kind of ultimate foundational course. And then after this, you will move into the recording course with able to live. And my goal here is just to make the most ultimate thorough able to live course available in this section today on Ultimate able to live but we're gonna be covering is the interface . So how to navigate our way through able to life. So what that means is that we're gonna look at everything from the clip slot grid, the browser, the groove pool, the clip, inspector session, new arrangement, view over here, all kinds of stuff, even our preferences window are set up window everything that we need to really get a thorough understanding of how to navigate able to live. We'll also be talking about a lot more than just navigating because we're talking about you know how a lot of different stuff works how to use it. It's not really like click here to do this. It's, You know, we're going to get into some of the detail. We're gonna talk about recording, talk about Midi, even though we'll be talking about those things in much more detail later. Uh, this will give us an overview of the whole program complete from beginning to end. So I hope you join in, Take this class, have fun with it on, then we'll move on to the next one. Now, at the end of this class, I'm going to give you, like, a big, huge promo code to get to the next class. And throughout this course, we're gonna be using this able to set quite a bit. Uh, this live set you already have. This is included with a built in live. So when we use this to walk through, I'll tell you in a very short time how to get into this set. It's already on your computer and will be walking through it and dissecting it. So we'll be playing along with this one, and we'll have a lot of fun that way. So have some fun and we'll see you on the inside 2. Ableton1 1Session Vs Arrangement: So let's start with an overview of the two different views of a built in. So the way I like to think about this is that imagine a built in is, um, kind of like a cube. There's there's the front And then there's the back. Now what you call the front and what you call the back kind of depends on what kind of music you do. And it well, not what kind of music you do. But how you use a Bolton. So the two sides are called session view, an arrangement view and what we're really talking about when we talking about these two sides is this big box here. This stuff doesn't change, dependent on whether we're looking at session view or arrangement, you or this stuff up here. We'll talk about all these boxes later, but this seems to be one of the first things that really stumps people when they're learning able to. Is this session view an arrangement view thing, especially people that come to able to in already knowing one of the other Dawes like, you know, pro tools, you know, logics and like that, and you look at able to and you look at this, what we're looking at right now and the first thought that goes through your head is where is my timeline? Right? Like there's no timeline here. I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do without you. So session view an arrangement view. Let's look out the differences between them. So what we're looking at right now a session view session view is kind of where Mableton started. It's one of the kind of war courses of a Bolton, and what it does is you know, it kind of looks like here that we're looking at a mixer and it looks like each one of these little blocks is where a plug in should go. If you're familiar with another dog, like pro tools, it might look like you should put a plug in and each one of these little rectangles. But that's not exactly true how this works. Um, and this is just gonna be like a quick overview of the two sides of it. But how this works is each one of these little rectangles is called a clip slot. This area is called the clip slot grid. Okay. And a clip is any piece of, let's say, music. Let's say any piece of music and what that means is that it could be audio. Or it could be midi. It could be a midi clip, or it could be an audio clip, depending on what kind of track we're on. So I have Midi tracks here in audio tracks here. So let me throw something in there. Okay, so now I've got in this little Congo riff in an audio track. So this is a piece of audio. If I double click on it, we'll see it, right? This is an audio file. It's just one little conga. No. And so when I hit the little play button, you'll notice that these little squares now turn to play buttons, right? And now these squares, it might be obvious that now these air stop buttons, actually, So when we have a longer groove going, we could hit that and and we can hit stop on anything. So each of these contains a clip and a clip is any piece of audio or MIDI, right? So what this lets us do is if we load a whole bunch of these, it was okay. So now I've got a whole bunch of little clips in here, and what I can do is I can launch one and it'll play right. And then when I want to launch another one, it waits for the next downbeat toe. Launched it right? So it's always gonna launch it on a downbeat, and it's gonna be sure that we stay in time. So when you see it blink, that's it, waiting for the next downbeat and we can adjust that we can adjust when it launches. Whether it launches every downbeat every quarter note every eighth note, every 16th note get pretty weird with it. The thing to remember here is that you can have one clip playing per track at a time. If I wanted to clips playing, I could do this. Let's just randomly put some stuff over there. So now I can have a clip here going, Let's get a groove going on. I can add in this one right now. I've got to going and they're looking that one up start this one is going to stop that one so you can imagine each clip like they're a tiny little record right, and we can have as many tracks as we want and as many clips is, we want ah, going all at once. Now there's a lot more to session view than just this, but this is the main meat and potatoes of it. This is kind of what stumbles. A lot of people is this idea of clips. So that session view now arrangement view will be much more familiar to you if you've ever worked with the Daw before, so to get to arrangement view, there's a couple different ways we can get to it. The easiest way is the tab key, so I can hit the tab key. And then my whole layout here changes right this box. It looks like it changes, but it's actually staying the same content. It's showing me the clip, but I don't have any clip selected over here. Here, I do have a clip selected right here. Everything else stays the same. So the other way you can get back and forth is between these two little guys. And if you look carefully at them, you'll notice that this one shows Ah, horizontal lines and swim shows vertical lines, which, if you look at the able to logo. Maybe I can pull it up right here. There it is. That is the session view and arrangement view, right? That makes sense now, right? That's why they use that as the logo. It's a session view arrangement view. Okay, so we can toggle between the two over here or with the tab key. So let's look at a range of you. Arrangement view is gonna be much more familiar to you if you've ever used a dog before, right? So I can drag clips in here, so we still call them clips. Um, any nugget of audio or video information and I can move him around. And now I've got a timeline. Right now. I'm looking at something kind of analogous to a musical score. Um, something where I can see time happening if I had the space fire. I hear this happening over time, right. I can move it between tracks. As long as I stay on audio track. I can actually move it to a MIDI track, and it converts it to an audio track in this case because there was no media on it. There are some other magical things that that'll do. Ah, in other situations. But this way, you know, I can drag other stuff in here. I can put notes together. I can piece together in my piece as an arrangement. Which is why we call this arrangement view. Right, Because we can see the arrangement. No. If I wanted to loop this note, I could just do this. And now it's gonna be in sync with my reggae beat and this big bass note. This will be weird. Okay, you get the point. Not particularly brilliant. But it could work. Okay, so that's the main difference. Session view an arrangement view. So just remember that an arrangement view we have a timeline, we can see the timeline. We can work that way and session view. We have clips. We can't see the timeline, but we can improvise. We can flow freely. Between are so another way to think about this would be that arrangement. The session view is more conducive to live performance and session view is more conducive to ah, production and writing a track. Now that's my opinion. And it's debatable. I know a lot of people that never leave session view. They do all of their composition and arranging in session view, and that is totally fine. Um, I like to work primarily an arrangement view and then go to session view after its I have every all the material that I want so that I can improvise with it or in some tracks and a lot of my tracks. I never go to session view. I use arrangement you for everything, because my background is as more of a traditional composer. So, you know, I like my timelines. I like things that look like musical notation in a way that lets me have kind of an insane amount of control. Over here, you're much more free Teoh to explore, to improvise. So, um, it's two different ways of approaching music, you know? And how you want to work on music in our next video, we're gonna look at our arrangement view and a little bit more detail 3. Ableton1 2 ArrangementOverview: Okay, so I have open here a session in arrangement view. Now. One thing you'll notice right away is that if I look over at my session view, it's empty. In this particular case, I didn't do it. I didn't do anything in session view on Lee an arrangement, but you'll notice my tracks were all laid out. And that's because, um, the 11 of the things you can keep in mind with the session view an arrangement view thing that kind of simplify your your thinking about this is that session view an arrangement view, have different content, but they share a mixer. So the mixer, which is kind of over here right now this is what we're seeing of the mixer for each track . This is where our volume is. Ah and our, you know, mute button, which they don't really call a mute button. That's a whole other story to talk about later, Um, who have volume panning stuff like that and the track label. This is the first track. It's called piano. If I go over to session view, the first track is called piano, and my volume and panting are the same. So they're very, um, shared between the two, the mixture of shared. So again we're going to go into more detail as, Ah, this class goes on but just has kind of an overview. What I have here is a whole bunch of clips and they're all called roads one. Because in this particular track, what I did is and what put this main keyboard idea right? And then I recorded it using a roads sound. And then I just kind of copied and pasted it and put it into different instruments and change some notes around. But all the clips are called one roads because that was the name of the track. When I recorded it, I could rename these if I wanted to, and we'll talk more about that later. Um, actually, let's talk about that right now because we're here. We might as well um, command R command are while I'm on a clip is gonna let me rename it. So let's call this main keys riff, whatever. So that changed that clip. But all of these air separate clips now the way that I've set this up so they're not loops . If they were loops than it would change for all of them. But there's their kind of copy and pasted riffs about the whole thing, so I'd have to change the name of them separately. If I wanted to do that, I could also ah, control click on the riff or on the riff on the clip and get this menu where I can get a couple of options, including I can change the color of it for keeping track of stuff if I want. But also right here is rename. If you want to go that that route, you could do that. So I'm looking at mid Eclipse here. I can tell their mid eclipse because I see a bunch of little dots and lines in them. If I double click on one of these clips, I get into the MIDI editor down here in this window down here. Basically, what we have here is it's kind of like a clip information that's not exactly what this area is called, but it's going to tell us more info about the clip. So with a MIDI clip, if I click on it, we're going to see the MIDI notes and some information about it. We can also see the instrument that is being used if I click over here in this bottom right tab, and here we have. Ah, grand piano. Ah, sampler. Very simple here. So we have these two tabs at the bottom of this view. More on that later. I promise. I No, I'm saying that a lot, but there's gonna be a big class, so we're gonna cover a lot of stuff later. Right now, we're kind of just looking at surface level. Um, so over here I have my mixer, whatever the mixer Aiken see in arrangement view. Anyway, So I have some IO settings here. If you don't see the Iot settings head on down to this little button right here, this is gonna show or hide the Iot settings, Iose ins and outs. So it's telling my ins and outs here I have These are mostly for automation. Like, what am I gonna automate? And I have a lot of things I could automate on there. So this is our automation lines. So I could draw some automation if I wanted to Of the track name, which again I can change with command R command are will go to a rename function for almost everything Over here I have ah, mute Ah which I have a track sold right now so you can see that so mute Ah which they actually call this If you look up in documentation, this is called a track activator, which means it's basically backwards of a mute. So this means it's on. This means it's off. So the track is active when it's yellow. It is not active when it's grayed out. So low record enable Ah, this is our volume. Actually, it doesn't really look so much like a volume, but this is our volume control. In this view, this is our panning. And this is our ah, we have to ox ends set up so we can send out these two. So this is the volume of the ox end. So these volume controls look a little different than you might be used to if you've seen another dog. But you just click and drag and you can just him if you want to get back to the defaults, like with panning. Ah, this is another kind of global able to trick. If I want to get back to the default Seiken just click on it, click on the parameter so that it's the active parameter. Ah, and then hit the delete key. And that will take me back to the default, which for panning is centered. So a couple quick tricks on the arrangement view we're gonna be talking more about this. Ah, as we get into more detail, just remember the clips. Each of these little nuggets are clips. I can move him around. I can arrange. I can do whatever we want with them. Up here, we see a overview of the whole track. Ah, and we can click and drag on it to kind of scrub around in big swaths. That way, if we want and zooming, let's talk about zooming while we're here. Um, this is, ah, kind of unique to able to anything. So if I want to zoom in on something Ah, and this goes throughout a lot of different stuff. This isn't just for arrangement view, but I'm sick of saying we'll talk about that later, So let's talk about it right now. Okay, here's the trick was zooming. Okay, so you need this little icon right here. So it's basically like a hand holding a magnifying glass. When you get that, you can get it above the ah timeline Here in this dark gray area. You can also get it down here. Ah, and some other places. Sometimes you'll get it depending on what you're looking at. So what you're going to do is click and hold down now Well, were held down We can pull down to zoom in. No, I still haven't let go of the click I can go up to zoom out down and up I can also go right which actually scrubs me left And Aiken go left with my mouth Which, actually skube's me, Right? So I can scrub left and right And I can zoom in and out and I still haven't lifted up my finger. So this takes a little getting used to, um, honestly, when I picked up able to and this was probably the one thing where I was like, uh, like, trying to navigate a session with this little gesture Took me a little bit to get used to. But once I did, um, it could be really fast because you get good at it and you can say like, Okay, I want to go right there, you know? And, um, I can zoom in and know exactly what I'm looking for in one quick motion, so it takes a little getting used to, but that's it. The key is to remember. Get that symbol in one of these areas, click and hold down, and then do all the navigation you want to dio and get right to where you're looking for and then let go. Good. Okay, let's look a little bit more at session view and just doing a quick little overview of what's there and then we'll move on. 4. Ableton1 3 SessionOverview: Okay, let's talk a little bit more about session view and just do another little overview and talk about how you can control different sounds with it. So what I have here is a couple of elements from that last track that I was just showing you, um, arranged into session views. So I've got several different clips here. So first thing I'm gonna do is I'm gonna rename some of these. So I've got this drum group I can mouse over this edge and make that a little bit bigger so you can see that it says group. So I just clicked right here till you got that symbol or held right there until I get that symbol and then click and drag. And you could make the track nice and big if you want. Okay. These two tracks, I have this one road, so let's call this and do Command are and call. This key's gonna call this one keys to because they're actually playing the same thing. If I double click on these clips, this is my keyboard riff. I double click on this one. This is also my keyboard riff. Over here, I have a little bit different kind of segment. Um, let's call this since lick, and this is these are all meant to go together. So I'm gonna call all three of these synth lick. Okay, Now, this one, this is a little bit different because this is a group, so you can have groups just like you can have groups. Um, in arrangement view, you can have groups and session views. So if I open this little toggle here we see I have a snare, a rim and a hat in here, and I can launch these clips separately, or I can launch them all at once using the group. So let's just launched the drums, all of them by hitting. Ah, the play button here. Okay, so now my drums were going. I wanted a little bit more control. I could stop some of these. Let's maybe go down to just the high hat, right? Oh, this room clique has turned off. Let's turn that on its muted. Okay, let's go back to adding the click. That's a little bright, adding the clap. Okay, it's cool. Let's close that out and leave that going. So that's gonna go for a while now. this keys. I want both of these to start at once, right? So I could hit, play and then hit play as fast as I can. And if I get it before the next downbeat, I'll be fine. They'll both start at the same time. I don't think it's gonna happen. Let's try it. I didn't make it. Now they're off each other. Launching these back to back didn't really work, right, cause sometimes you don't really want to do that. Most of the times you want to do that if you want them to play at the same time, which is another thing that we don't want to do. Um, all the time. But sometimes we do. If we wanted to play at the same time, we could go all the way over here to master. This is called if you go all the way across, this is called a seen. Everything in line is called the scene so I can launch the whole scene everything in that line by hitting this screaming organ. So now I just launched that whole scene. Now I want the drums back in that right. So now for these next since I could launch them one at a time, but much smarter to launch scene. But look at what launching that Sean's gonna do. It's gonna hit all these at once, which means all of these stop buttons are going to get hit right, which is okay for these tracks. But if I want these keys to keep going and the drama is to keep going, they're not. I'm gonna hit it right. And it stopped all of these because it hit those stop buns. So there's a couple different ways that actually, there's two different ways. I could remedy that for one of these keys to keep going. I could just copy and paste that clip down there and the same thing with the drums. I can do it in a group just like that. So now when I launch scene three, it's called right. So now it works because I haven't hit any of those stop buttons. So you have to watch out for those stop buttons. If you're trying to launch things Ah, from scenes another way, we could do it. If I go back and get rid of those, we can remove the stop button. If I control click on it. I could do remove stop button. I could also do Command E, and that removes the stop button. So now there's no stop button there. I could shift click toe, highlight all of these and say Remove stop button. So now if I've got the drum going and I launched in three, I think if I want the keys to come back and I can add a me whenever I want right or I could have launched the scene from right there if I wanted to. So that's the real basics of how it works. I could launch stuff whenever I want. It's gonna fall right on the downbeat. Ah, always unless I've told it a different quant ization point, which we'll talk about leader. So there you have it. Overview of session view. 5. Ableton1 4 GettingAroundIntro: In this next section, we're going to focus on walking through the whole area of able to live and looking at the different windows. A bilton is sectioned off into these kind of four big areas with a couple smaller areas to , So I want to look at all of those. So we've already seen session view. And if I hit tab arrangement view, we also have the browser. We're gonna look at that the clip inspector area, which is down here and those are the three obvious ones. The less obvious ones are the transport controls up top, where we have a lot of useful stuff. We also have the groove pool, which is hidden right here, and that opens up another little area. Get rid of that for a minute. And this tab down here is where we'll have our instruments and effects. There's two other areas that I didn't mention. There are a little bit hidden, but they're super important for learning. They kind of really help you out and walk you through learning able 10 and those are they help view and the info view. So we're gonna look at those in the next video as we dive into all the different areas enabled in life 6. Ableton1 5 InfoView: Okay. The 1st 2 places I want you to know about that are not two of the most obvious places because they may not be on your screen already. Depending on how you opened able to live, they may or may not be there already. I think by default when you open able to live for the very first time and you haven't messed with anything. You're seeing both of these. So if you're seeing an extra big little tab on the right side and a tiny little square on the left side at the bottom, that's what I'm gonna be talking about right now. So I don't have those on my screen. So I want to get them. So I'm going to go up to the top. I'm going to go to view and let's go to info view first. So I'm going to say info, view, and that adds a little box down here. Now the sole purpose of this box is to tell you what's what. It's great. It's super great. So I encourage you highly encourage you, Ah, require you if you will to leave that open, um, for a long time. Leave that window open until you are super ninja confident that you know what everything is . So right now it's not doing anything right. It's just empty. What it does is it shows whatever my mouse is over. It tells me what that is and what it does, right? So let's go, Teoh. Um, here. What are these? Two dots? I could put my mouse there and then I can look down at the bottom. I can see up. That's a metronome. Click here to activate the Metrodome to adjust measurements, volume, user preferences que volume control and the master track mixer. Cool. Ah, what does? I don't know. What does this do that is the track activator right? We talked about that was already It's kind of their fancy word for the mute button as you get more stuff on here like let's let's loden instrument here. So now I have an instrument, and now it gets even more detailed, right? Like I can say, What does this button do? And it says switches al fo one on and off. Right. So that's my LFO one control. What does this do? This is the rate of the LFO in hurts. So, you know all of these little things. Quick routing pitch. Ben Range. This info view just tells you what every single thing is. It's really great. Ah, so keep that open. And if you're ever just poking around and saying, G, what is this up here? What is this little pencil floating right here? Dio And it's the draw mode switch now, you know, and it tells you what it does and how to use it, so check that out really important. So that is the info view. You get it by going to view and an info view. Or you can also hit the question mark. Just a toggle it on and off with question mark, and you can leave it up as long as you want. The only real reason to get rid of it is that once you start to do a more complicated session, you might want a little more room down here at the bottom. And so you might think, Well, let's get rid of that window. Um, just for real estate reasons, um, I need more space to see all my stuff that's happening, so, you know, eventually get rid of it if you want, but leave it open for a good long time. Get used to being it, being there so that you can reference it whenever you're stumped. Okay. And next video. Let's talk about help view. 7. Ableton1 6 HelpView: so wouldn't it be nice if able to live included some tutorials and lessons right inside the program that would help you get up and running? Um, it would actually probably be dumb of me to point those out to you, because you'd probably stop taking this class and just start watching those. But, ah, there, there. And I think you should know about him. So hopefully I don't put myself out of work. But I'm gonna tell you about him. So we're gonna go to view, and we're gonna go to help view. You might already have this up. If you do have it up, this is going to close it. So don't do this right away, but know that going to view and then help view will show or hide that. So this has helped view this big, huge chunk of the screen over here. And the way I like to think about help view is that I imagine that this is kind of like a web browser. This you know, there's links in here, you can click on stuff. And there's actually one thing that's not super obvious is that there's a bar over here, and this is actually a scroll bar. There's more down at the bottom and all of these things here are tutorials. So let's look at, um, creating beats. So I'm gonna click on that. And it took me to This says this session will show you how to record, draw and edit drum patterns with live going to create from scratch. So press command and start a new live set. So I'm gonna press command and I just don't want to save changes. Don't safe. Okay? And now it's gonna walk me through how to make some beats. And there's this next page at the bottom. So be sure you see that there's return and there's a next page. So there's multiple pages. And don't forget that you have to scroll down on some pages like this one that scroll down to get to the bottom. A lot of people missed that next page, etcetera. Some of these when we go to home here, let's do ah tour of live. Some of these have a live set built right in a live set is the word that they use for a session, right? It's like a whole session of a track and This is one of them this ah tour of live. So down here it says live documents or know his life sets. This lesson is accompanied by a live set which will be interactive or interacting with you as you follow the lesson. Whenever you're ready, please click here to load life set. So let's do it. Click here. Um and there it is. So this is my life set that it wanted me to open. And now and this is what's really cool about this feature. Now it's gonna walk me through it. So I say Cool next page. And now it says, Check it out. We're looking at arrangement view. Here's what you're seeing. Here's how to scroll up. And now we've already covered that. Here's how to do more stuff. And here's the jam school. It's cool Groove on the next page, talking about playing clips so we can go over to session, view its launch. A whole scene over here. Kind of funky harmonies. They're at school. I think the shaker out for a minute. Drop the drums for a minute. Come back in. Cool, right. So, Superfund, this is already on your computer. This is in there this whole session so you can start poking around and having some fun. Um, so you can follow along using help view. Just remember next page next page hitting the next page button scrolling up and down in this little tab are Don't forget that there's probably more at the bottom if it looks like it's ending in a weird spot, you can get back to the main screen by going to this home button up here. And this takes you back to this spot so you can hide this this area by going to view and help view and getting rid of it when you don't want to use it. It does take up a pretty big chunk of the screen, so get rid of it when you're not using it. But, um, when you've got some time and you just want to poke around with some of the stuff that's already in here, do it. Go to help view and just say I want to learn about playing software instruments. Click it. Here's a set loaded up and jam out and follow their little tutorials because they're great . Now that doesn't mean you should quit mine because mine's even better. But some of theirs are really helpful. So walk through them. The more experience you have walking through stuff, the better. So I don't think I'm putting myself out of work. So that being said, Let's press on and let's talk about General navigation within live in the next video. 8. Ableton1 7 Navigation: okay. Navigation within live. Now, we've already talked about the biggest oddity about live is the magnifying slide zoom contraption that they have here. Um, if you're experimenting with this as you go, which I hope you are, um, you might be starting to get used to it. It takes to sometime, like I've said, but, um, just remember to review quickly, you click and hold down, and then when you pull down on the mouse pad around the mouse or track pad or whatever you're using, you zoom in up, zoom out, and at the same time, you can go left or right to zoom left or right. Cool. Now a couple other navigation things about able to live live is best done with key commands . There are a whole long list of key commands that you should know. Um, to really get really efficient with using life. Um, So as key commands come up, please keep track of them. Take note of, um, I'm not one that encourages someone just to sit down and study lists of key commands. Um, I don't think that's the good way to learn, but do try to use key commands whenever possible. the more you use them. Ah, the more you'll remember them. And then pretty soon I'll just become second nature that you don't need to ah, look up the key command or even go up to the menus to find stuff. For example, going here. If I wanted to remove a stop button like this, um, I would just go command e without thinking about it. Um, it's almost like it's like a you know, a good analogy would be like when you're in a car and you're in the passenger seat and the driver is kind of nuts and you think that you might crash. So when you're in the passenger seat, you might like slam your your foot down as though there was a break there, which there is not. But it's just kind of like this. Ah, reflex reflex. That's the word I'm looking for. So it's a reflex that you do, and that makes it, um, very means. It's like in your body. It's very intuitive. So, um, these key commands can get that way. They can get very reflective, I guess. If that's the right word. Um, other navigation things. Watch out for these little triangles like this. This will show or hide the whole area. So this is our browser which will look at be looking at soon I can hide the whole browser by it. Closing that triangle Wherever you see triangles, you're going to show or hide something down here for the whole browser area. Sorry. The whole clip view area. I think that's all of them. That's all that are open right now. Um, over here we have some more show hide buttons for the different things the Iot settings we looked at before. So that shows us our sins and are out controls where we have sends and receive. If they're yellow, that means we're seeing them. Here they are, sends and returns. Sorry, M is our mixer, so I can hide the whole mixer by getting rid of it. There de is a delay. This is like a millisecond delay. Um, which can be hand handy in some situations, but not in my particular situations. I'm gonna hide it. And X is the cross fader. So you can set up across fader so you can say this is a This is B and here's my cross fader , and you can map that to a controller. So if you really want to do kind of, um, more kind of cross fade style ah, deejaying type situations, you can set up tracks you can have as many tracks is you won't be a and B, So we could say these three are a This one's be that one's a that one's beat or something like that. And then you have A and B over here like that can be handy. And then section view an arrangement view. We remember the key command for that, probably the number one most important one. Teoh, get in your head right away, which is Tab. We can also do it from up here. Those are the main controls, the main way we navigate, able to live, so get comfortable with all those things. And let's press on 9. Ableton1 8 ArrangementNavigation: Okay, let's go back to arrangement view and talk about our main ah sequence or window here. There's a couple of the things I want to point out when in, ah, as it relates to navigation and getting around. So when I click on something, this is one thing that ah, people get a little stumped on sometimes because it works a little different than other Dawes. In this case, I can click in drag and select a chunk of material inside any clip if I want. If I want to select the whole clip, I click on the heading The Header bar appear that selects the whole clip, but you have to click on the top part. You click on the inside. You can select something now if I click on the inside here and then I click and drag. I'm just dragging around that part that was highlighted, and I'm removing it from where it waas, right so that can sometimes trip you up. So let me do that one more time, so I'm gonna hit undo Command Z right, my favorite key command. So here's the deal. Let's say let's go somewhere else. Let's say this clip right here. That's just hanging out here all by itself. Let's say I want to move this to over here somewhere. I could click on the header of it, which selects the whole thing, and then I could drag it and put it there. Right? Easy enough. Undo. That would be the right way to do it if I selected something in the inside of it and then clicked in drag. I'm Onley selecting that which was highlighted a second ago. It was a very old, worldly way to say that, but I'm only moving around What? I just highlighted, right, So I clipped it from here. I essentially cut it out and put it here, removing it from here. Okay, so if you want to move the whole clip, you grab the header bar and then slide it around. Um, if I want to duplicate a clip, I can do it a couple different ways. I can do all my usual cut copy paste stuff so I could highlight this and command, See, to copy the same way that you do in your Microsoft word or whatever. And then click wherever I want to go. Put the cursor wherever I want it and hit command V for paste. And there we have it right now I have a duplicate of it. Okay, let's get rid of that. There's another way that sometimes more efficient for me the way I work, this is the way I usually do it. Um, hold down, option and then click and drag on the heading of the clip that leaves the original and drags you out a new one. Right. So let's say I want this to happen here, in here, In here, in here, right? I just kind of overlapped him. Real sloppy, like undo, undo, undo and do their Well. Okay, so, um, keep track of those edit commands Those cut copy paste. Um, option, click and drag. Undo those types of things. One other key command that I'll mention right now is ah, shift tab. So if we look down here, we're gonna be talking about this area more later. But while we're here right now, we're looking at my instrument. I have an analog instrument here that's playing the sounds of these midi notes. We'll talk more about adding content later. Ah, shortly, actually. But, um, this instrument is making sounds, I can add effects and things here if I want. But if I want to see the actual Midi notes, I would go down to this tab here. Right. This is where I see the MIDI notes. So there's these two tabs. If I want to get in between these two tabs quickly, it's shift tab that gets me in between those two tabs at the bottom. Um, it's like normal tab, right? Gets you between session view and arrangement view. But the whole downshift and tab you toggle between those two ah, views of the clip area make sense. One last thing to point out while we're here. You may have noticed this when I opened this session earlier is that I have this big orange bar at the bottom, like, what is that big orange bar doing what that big orange bars Dylan is? It says media files are missing. Please click here to learn more. Let's do it. So I click here and it's saying I can't find these files. The reason for that is that I made this session on my main studio computer and I record ah , these videos on a laptop, so I moved this session over and it can't find these videos. ERM, sorry. These audio files, they're they're not to be found because I didn't copy them over. So it's looking for him. I could copy him over. Um, but since I'm not really, like mixing or anything this session, I'm just using it to, ah, demonstrate something. I've got enough sounds here to go by. So that's what that orange bar is telling me. It's telling me it's missing some audio files and there's some problems with something in my session, so I'm just ignoring it for now. There's a better way, Um, that I could have dealt with that, which is before I moved it, done this collect all and save that will kind of bundle up all your content and put it into one spot, and then when you move it somewhere, else, you'll be You won't have that problem. So I should have done that. But I didn't and it's too late now, so we're often running. So those are all your main navigation tips for the arrangement view. Now let's look at some of how those same tips apply in the session view on the clip slot grid 10. Ableton1 9 SessionNavigation: Okay, We're back in session view, and I have ah loaded up one of the default sets here. Same one we looked at a minute ago. Okay, so let's talk about some navigation things that we need to know. Ah, when we're looking in or when we're working in such a view. So Ah, first thing that I just talked about Ah, these two tabs down here work exactly the same. I could navigate between them by shift tab. Right? Ah, One thing I just did before I started recording him should probably point out as I made this area smaller. So the way you do that is you get this icon by sitting right on the light grey bar in between the bottom of session view and the top of the cliff view. And then you click in drag and you could make it smaller. You can slam it all the way down to get rid of that. And if you do that, you can do that. You can get back by doing that. Yes. That's how you can adjust that depending on how you're working. Now, remember, this is called the clip slot grid. This is all my clips. Lots. Um, I can move a clip just by clicking and dragging, just like in arrangement view. Um, I can option click and drag to make duplicates, right? We'll talk about that in a second. Well, let's talk about what just happened there. Please do that. So what this window is saying is that I drug an audio file into a MIDI track, and it's what it wants me to do is tell it. It thinks I wanted to convert it to a MIDI clip, right? So ah, this is one of the killer features about able to live is that it's able to analyze the frequency content of the audio file and convert it to a mini clip for us, which is really cool. But I don't really want to do that because I didn't want to convert that to a MIDI clip. I just wasn't paying attention to what I was doing, so I would say cancel and it's not gonna put that many clip there, so option click and drag will get you a duplicate. We can also copy command, see clicking a new clip slot and command V to paste. I can create Mawr clips lots by just dragging something to it. So if I just drag something down here, it's gonna make another one down here. I could just keep dragging stuff. It's gonna keep making clips. Lots down there that's gonna keep making scenes. I should say, Remember a seen as this all the way across? I can launch a whole scene from over here. I could go between scenes by clicking. I don't have to go in order. It's part of the great thing about this. Um, I can navigate around in here with the arrow keys if you wanted Teoh. This isn't the most ideal way to work with the clips lot grid, but you can use the arrow keys and then you can hit return, tow, launch whatever you're on, just go through a whole bunch of stuff using key commands. Um, also note what I just did is I hit the space bar to Stop Space Bar is the universal like play stop button for almost every single dog I've ever worked with. Um, space bar means play and stop. Last thing. I'll point out while we're here in the clip slot graders. When we looked at arrangement, view we looked at selecting parts of a clip and moving them around either accidentally or intentionally. How would we do that here. Using just the clips. Lot grid. We can't, right. We can move whole clips. We can. If we wanted to go into the editor like we could go down here and select apart and then do something with it that way. Uh, or what we would actually do is adjust the loop region. But we'll get into that more later. Um, the thing to remember for now is we're moving whole clips over here. We're in the clip slot grid. It's kind of all or nothing. If you want to stay strictly in the clip slot grid, we'll learn how to get a lot more control over your clips once we go down into the clip window. Okay, so I think that's everything. When it comes to navigation for the Eclipse locker, It 11. Ableton1 10ClipView: Okay. Last thing for this chunk is to talk about this clip view down here at the bottom. So I've got nothing in it right now because I haven't selected anything up here, so I'm gonna select a clip. Let's find out. Audio one. Okay, so here's an audio clip, and what I'm seeing down here is the way form, right? I am also seeing a couple other things here that give me control of how the clip slot grid is going to handle it. So the envelopes, I can apply an envelope to it. And in this case, it's a volume envelope, because it's right here. So this is just gonna be a quick overview of what happens here. But if I launched this, let's stop everything along just this clip. Okay, so starts on, the volume goes down. So Aiken dio envelopes on clips and I can do an envelope for anything that's that's accessible in the clip, which is a lot of stuff. Ah, the sample area here gives me some info about the sample transposition quality volume boost . But most importantly to me, anyway, is our warp settings here. Now, warp is what we'll be talking about shortly warp means its ability. Teoh Kwan ties to our tempo, Which another way to put that would be, um, all clips play at the same tempo, regardless of where they were recorded or created, so we can throw five drum loops in there. And if one of them's at 1 10 1 of Mum's at 1 20 the other three are at 80. Ah, a Bolton is going to warp them in order to make them play in sync together. But we have some controls over how we warp things, So we'll be looking at that later. Over here we have our clip settings here. We can change the name, the color Ah, the keys, time signature of the clip, etcetera. And we also have Ah, this is hidden right now. But this l gives us the launch settings. So what happens when we launch it? This will become important when you do some performance stuff. Um, you can set things to launch by trigger by gate by toggle. Toggle would mean like when I hit play here it starts playing, and when I hit play again, it stops playing. It's basically an on off switch. There's a lot of different ways. We can do that now. If I was looking at a midi clip instead of the wave forms, I would see the MIDI notes, right. So the midi notes would be here in place of where the way form would be. Most of the rest of this is the same. We don't have warp settings cause mid eclipse don't need to be warped. Um, because they can play at whatever tempo they won't. But I think everything else is the same, actually. And then down here we have our instruments and effects. So when I'm on a midi track, I have to have an instrument first. So here's my instrument. This is a bit more complicated oven instrument. I can look inside of it and see what is actually creating the sound. And I can set my sound by controlling all these parameters than after the instrument. I have effects. If it's an audio track I'm looking at, I only have effects. I don't need to have an instrument for an audio track because it just plays the audio that's already there. More on that later when we start talking about content, but the thing to remember there is that a MIDI track is just notes, and it needs an instrument to make sound. Audio is an audio file, and so it doesn't need anything extra just to play notes. But we can put all kinds of effects and things on it should we want to. So I think that everything I want to show you about this area, okay, there's still a lot more to see. Um, we still have to talk about the browser area, some of the transport functions and other stuff. But I want to get right in the content and start talking about making some content and working with some content, and we'll explore these other areas as we encounter them, which will be pretty quick. 12. We Interrupt This Class...: 13. Ableton1 11 AddingContentIntro: all right, This next section, we're going to continue going through the interface, but we're going to talk about, ah, content like getting it clips in here. Remember, Clip is any kind of audio or MIDI file. So when we talk about content and the interface and the things that you really need to know were, a lot of it is talking about the browser, which is over here, which we hadn't really looked at yet. And then we're also going to talk about some basic, um, livens announced. Like, um, according, um, we have a whole huge other section on recording coming up in later parts, so we're not going to go into a ton of detail about recording. But I do want to talk a little bit about recording, um, and also our preferences and are settings and what they ought to be at to make the most of able to live. So with that, let's dive in and let's start right away with the Preferences window, which is something you can't see. It's not one that lives on the screen. And let's just walk through what our preferences should look like if we're set up correctly