Adding instruments and samplers
Video: Adding instruments and samplersNow 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.
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In this course, Ableton Certified Trainer Yeuda Ben-Atar demonstrates how to use Ableton Live to its fullest potential in a live performance setting. First, learn how to choose the best MIDI controller to use with Ableton Live, and how to set it up properly to be used on stage. Then dive deeper into how to use MIDI mapping to get the most out of your controllers with Live. Next, Yeuda shares a number of techniques he employs as a live performer, like using cue points, looping, scratching, applying effects, and playing samples. He then shows how to create a live set, including organizing, exporting, and adding instruments and building custom effect racks.
Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.
- Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
- Choosing songs for a DJ set
- Building your decks
- Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
- Knowing when to use headphones
- Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
- Looping with Beat Repeat
- Setting up multiple instruments on one track
- Creating a bus track for master effects
- Preparing your original productions for the stage
- Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
- Live looping and live sample cutting
- Recording your live performance
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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