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Imagine making digital music without having to touch or even look at your computer. The future is here with the Ableton Push, which allows you to compose melodies and basslines, make beats, arrange music, mix and master your tracks, and perform live—all from an intuitive, touch-sensitive interface. Join author and DJ Yeuda Ben-Atar, aka Side Brain, for an introduction to creating and performing music with Push.
First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.
Any time we're recording drums, we don't always keep perfect time. To fix this, you can use the Quantize button. Hold down the Quantize button and you will see the Quantize settings. You can choose the nearest value that you would like the notes to be quantized to and how much quantization you would like to apply. Set to 100%, the notes will be fully quantized and will lose any natural groove you might have while recording. If you want to retain your natural groove, try to quantize in smaller amounts.
I have a drum rack preset loaded. I'm going to record an eighth note pattern. Notice that the Fixed Length button is on. For more on this button, check out the movie where I show all about the Fixed Length. I'm going to set the quantization to eighth note and hit Quantize after I record. And you can the notes are aligned in the step sequencer. As well as inside Live MIDI clip, so let's check it out.
(SOUND). Lets hold the Quantize, change the Quantize to 8, I'm going to do 100%, and now, we're going to hit Quantize. Nice. You can also add swing to your note after you recorded them, by going back to the Quantization settings, and turning up the swing amount. Now, after you hit Quantize you'll hear our notes swing. (MUSIC).
When using the Repeat button, you can also add the Swing to the repeat with the swing knob. I'm going to turn on Repeat. (MUSIC) Hold the hi-hats, and now, we can adjust the Swing with no swing and add some more swing. (MUSIC) I have a drum pattern that I've made with four drum elements. Let me launch it.
(MUSIC) When you are dealing with multiple drum elements, you can quantize or swing only one element at a time, by holding the Quantize button and then hitting the desired pad. I'm going to set up the Swing Amount, let's bring it to 16, and turn down the Quantize Amount. Still keep holding the Quantize and then hit the hi-hats. In Live, we can see only the hi-hats move, and the rest of the elements remain in the same place. If you want to record live drums and always keep on time, you can turn on a Record Quantization from the Quantization Settings.
Hold down Quantize button and turn on the Record Quantization. This will apply the set quantization value immediately after you record your notes. So let's hit the New button, turn on the Metronome, and hit the Record. (SOUND) So we can see that our draw wasn't on time. The push corrected me because of the Record Quantization.
So as you can see, the Quantize button is a great way to correct your human timing errors. Turn on the Chord Quantization to keep you in time while recording Live and even add in swing to your patterns.
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