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Adding instruments and samplers

From: Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

Video: Adding instruments and samplers

Now let's add instruments to our Live Set. The sounds of the instruments don't have to be the same sounds you used when you produced the track. This can give you the opportunity to play a different version of your song in a live performance. This is especially important in an electronic music, since the production and the Live version are often very similar. You can keep your audience entertained and give yourself more creative space on stage. Let's see how to add MIDI instruments in Live. So I am going to add a new MIDI track by clicking Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T.

Adding instruments and samplers

Now let's add instruments to our Live Set. The sounds of the instruments don't have to be the same sounds you used when you produced the track. This can give you the opportunity to play a different version of your song in a live performance. This is especially important in an electronic music, since the production and the Live version are often very similar. You can keep your audience entertained and give yourself more creative space on stage. Let's see how to add MIDI instruments in Live. So I am going to add a new MIDI track by clicking Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T.

Then I am going to go and I am going to add the drum rack we used in the DJ's chapter just so we have those samples, check them out. (music playing) Next, I am going to add an instrument, maybe a synthesizer. I am going to go to Live browser > Instruments, under Operator, I am going to choose one of the presets. Let's go to Synth Lead, and here I can preview the different presets. (music playing) I like this sound. Let's load it to a new MIDI track.

I am going to, again, Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T, and I am going to drag it. Let's make both tracks smaller to save screen space, and I'll see how it sounds. (music playing) Might be too loud, let's just turn it down. I want to turn one of them and they are both selected. Very cool. (music playing) See how it sounds with the music. (music playing) Let's add couple more instruments.

I am going to go to my User Library and add my own presets. Let's' add two more MIDI tracks. Once again, Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T, let's hit it twice. I am going to load one bass patch, and I am going to load another drum rack, this time load it with drum samples. (music playing) The drum samples I want to play with my Dreamcast Arcade Stick and the bass, I want to play with my Keyboard.

So we need to set it up, so the MIDI tracks would receive only signal from the keys and the drum rack would only receive signal from the Dreamcast. To do that, I am going to open up the Input Output View Selector, we can find to the right. Next, in the Bass MIDI track, I am going to choose MIDI From and my keyboard which is SL MkII. I am also going to add another MIDI track to add the Max for Live device. This is only for my Dreamcast Arcade Stick to be able to talk with the computer.

You don't have to do that if you use the regular MIDI controller. Go into Max for Live and add in my Max for Live device that will allow me to play the Dreamcast. Then I am going to set the drum rack with the drums MIDI From and the newly created MIDI. Let's rename everything just to keep it organized. Well, if I arm in both tracks by holding Command, I can play both of them.

(music playing) I also want to map the arming tracks to my MIDI keyboard so I have full control on which instrument I am playing at any time. Right now, the arming track is exclusive, which means if I press one, all the rest will be turned off.

We can cancel that by right-clicking on one of them and turning off Arm Exclusive. Now every time I am arming the track, it won't be exclusive and will just turn on, which is great when we are dealing with multiple instruments. Now that I have added instruments, I am finding myself scrolling through my Live Set a lot, which will consume time on stage and will force me to touch the computer, which is not always good in a Live situation. In the next video, I'll show you how to set up multiple instruments on one track.

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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

39 video lessons · 6305 viewers

Yeuda Ben-Atar
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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      58s
    3. Using the Live Pack exercise files
      43s
  2. 7m 5s
    1. Choosing the right controller
      49s
    2. Using controllers designed specifically for Ableton Live
      2m 20s
    3. Using third-party controllers
      1m 49s
    4. Utilizing alternative and DIY controllers
      2m 7s
  3. 19m 35s
    1. Choosing songs for a DJ set
      5m 20s
    2. Importing songs into Ableton Live
      3m 41s
    3. Building your decks
      2m 32s
    4. Using EQ and gain to emulate a hardware DJ mixer
      2m 56s
    5. Quantizing with the Global Quantization Engine
      1m 54s
    6. Deciding whether or not to use headphones
      3m 12s
  4. 17m 35s
    1. Setting up MIDI controllers in the preferences
      4m 2s
    2. Understanding control surface scripts
      2m 19s
    3. Mapping the crossfader
      2m 30s
    4. Mapping EQ and gain
      3m 28s
    5. Understanding scenes, scrolling, and launch features
      5m 16s
  5. 34m 1s
    1. Creating cue points
      4m 34s
    2. Looping using Beat Repeat
      7m 17s
    3. Building a custom audio effect rack
      8m 58s
    4. Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples
      6m 15s
    5. Scratching
      6m 57s
  6. 21m 54s
    1. Organizing your tracks
      4m 48s
    2. Creating a new set
      3m 40s
    3. Adding instruments and samplers
      4m 40s
    4. Setting up multiple instruments on one track
      5m 32s
    5. Using the Scale MIDI effect to play in key
      3m 14s
  7. 17m 23s
    1. Creating a bus track for master effects
      3m 1s
    2. Using dummy clips
      3m 39s
    3. Using unlinked clip envelopes
      4m 24s
    4. Creating momentary effects
      3m 37s
    5. Using return tracks for time-based effects
      2m 42s
  8. 18m 50s
    1. Syncing via MIDI to perform with other musicians
      1m 53s
    2. Creating and routing a click track
      3m 1s
    3. Using Follow Actions
      3m 58s
    4. Using the Looper audio effect
      4m 27s
    5. Recording your live performance
      5m 31s
  9. 45s
    1. What's next?
      45s

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