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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

Assigning rack parameters to macros


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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Assigning rack parameters to macros

With each instrument or effect device, there are often a few parameters that need repeated adjustment. Finding those parameters can be a pain, so let's take a look at how frequently accessed parameters can be mapped to a live macro. So I am going to take this Impulse instrument preset on this first track and I am going to add that to a rack by right-clicking on it and choosing Group from the contextual menu. Now one of the things we gain by grouping this device is a macro, which is part of the rack. I can show that by clicking on the Show/Hide button over here on the left-hand side of the rack.
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 8m 43s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      4m 30s
  3. 12m 59s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      3m 31s
    3. Optimizing performance
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 42s
    1. Understanding Session view
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Live browsers
      5m 3s
    3. Working with Live clips
      7m 57s
    4. Understanding clip properties
      7m 52s
    5. Working with Live scenes
      6m 43s
  5. 28m 16s
    1. Building Live Sets and projects
      4m 25s
    2. Learning Live file management
      4m 2s
    3. Exporting content from Live
      7m 32s
    4. Importing and exporting Live Packs
      3m 17s
    5. Searching for and auditioning clips
      4m 58s
    6. Setting up frequently accessed folders
      4m 2s
  6. 23m 3s
    1. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 51s
    2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 32s
    3. Working with alternate MIDI entry methods
      6m 49s
    4. Using multi-output virtual instruments
      5m 51s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. The MIDI Editor
      4m 49s
    2. Quantizing MIDI data
      6m 6s
    3. Advanced MIDI editing
      6m 49s
    4. Setting up groove in editing
      6m 42s
  8. 9m 18s
    1. Preparing to record
      5m 0s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 18s
  9. 22m 37s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      3m 41s
    2. Recording in Arrangement view
      3m 51s
    3. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 21s
    4. Reworking clips
      9m 44s
  10. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding Live's mixer
      12m 38s
    2. Using sends and returns
      3m 47s
    3. Building headphone cues
      3m 49s
    4. Grouping tracks
      7m 43s
  11. 43m 14s
    1. Working with effect devices
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 14s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      7m 28s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      8m 18s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 22s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      6m 56s
  12. 15m 37s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      8m 38s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      6m 59s
  13. 25m 24s
    1. Building automation patterns
      8m 44s
    2. Editing existing automation information
      5m 3s
    3. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 10s
    4. Understanding the power of clip envelopes
      7m 27s
  14. 20m 17s
    1. Understanding the basics of looping
      6m 54s
    2. Creating tracks that loop smoothly
      7m 50s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 33s
  15. 17m 47s
    1. Using the computer keyboard to control Live
      6m 39s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      4m 36s
    3. Using Live's instant mapping feature
      6m 32s
  16. 10m 44s
    1. Exporting audio
      5m 37s
    2. Freezing tracks
      5m 7s
  17. 20m 45s
    1. Building with the Impulse virtual instrument
      11m 35s
    2. Working with the Simpler virtual instrument
      9m 10s
  18. 36m 22s
    1. Overview of Live racks
      10m 13s
    2. Combining instruments and effects into a single device
      8m 22s
    3. Adding effects with Drum Rack
      11m 28s
    4. Assigning rack parameters to macros
      6m 19s
  19. 13m 53s
    1. Setting up ReWire with Pro Tools
      7m 3s
    2. Setting up ReWire with Logic
      6m 50s
  20. 33m 43s
    1. Preparing audio clips with the Warp tool
      14m 31s
    2. Triggering clips using follow actions
      8m 9s
    3. Using Live as a sound source
      11m 3s
  21. 7m 21s
    1. Working with video files
      7m 21s
  22. 37s
    1. Further Recommendations
      37s

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training
7h 20m Beginner Dec 10, 2010

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training with Rick Schmunk offers a comprehensive overview of Ableton's live audio and MIDI sequencing software and the techniques required to compose, record, and edit music, in real time, on stage, or in the studio. The course includes tutorials on compiling live sets from audio and MIDI clips, loops, or samples, applying MIDI effects, warping audio, and recording and producing songs in any number of contemporary styles. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Putting together a DAW system
  • Setting up Ableton preferences
  • Importing and exporting content
  • Recording MIDI
  • Editing and quantizing MIDI data
  • Recording audio
  • Recording in Arrangement view
  • Using sends and returns in the Live Mixer
  • Grouping tracks
  • Signal processing
  • Creating and editing automation envelopes
  • Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
  • Looping and warping audio clips
  • Mapping device controls to a MIDI keyboard
  • Working with virtual instruments
  • Integrating Live with Pro Tools and Logic
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Rick Schmunk

Assigning rack parameters to macros

With each instrument or effect device, there are often a few parameters that need repeated adjustment. Finding those parameters can be a pain, so let's take a look at how frequently accessed parameters can be mapped to a live macro. So I am going to take this Impulse instrument preset on this first track and I am going to add that to a rack by right-clicking on it and choosing Group from the contextual menu. Now one of the things we gain by grouping this device is a macro, which is part of the rack. I can show that by clicking on the Show/Hide button over here on the left-hand side of the rack.

Now if I click the Map mode button, all of the parameters that are available for mapping show up green. In this case, I am going to click the Volume there. Now I have already selected the Kick here, so this volume is in reference to that particular part of the Impulse Drum preset, and now notice that this Map button is available for mapping. So if I click that, I've now mapped to the Kick volume to the number 1 slot on this Macro. And now if I choose the Snare and then click Volume again, I can map that to Macro 2, and quickly I can go through this whole drum set and map those knobs that I want over here to the macro.

So I'll go over to the HiHat here on the end. Let me map that one to number 7, and the last one 8. I'll do the same thing: map the Volume to Macro 8. Once I've done that, I can name these so I know what they are by simply selecting one of the macros and then pressing Command+R or that would be Ctrl+R on a PC to rename, and I'll call that "Kick Volume," and I'll quickly go over to the Snare and do the same thing, and let me grab these HiHats to finish out.

Okay, and when I leave Map mode by clicking the Map mode button, I now have control over those. Now if you have a device like the APC-40 or another controller that offers instant mapping, if I select this rack, those macros that I just assigned instantly map to that device. So you can see that I've already got control over those. Let me turn those down just a little bit. I'll bring the HiHats up. So it makes a really quick way to be able to control those parameters.

And the great thing is if I go over here and select the compressor, instant mapping is still available for the devices over there, and doesn't affect anything that I just set. It only affects those parameters that I have mapped to the rack, and I only can adjust those when the rack itself is selected. Let's take a look at another example. So if I go to the second track here where I have the Motion Pad preset, I can map again by setting these into a group and going to my Group function by right-clicking on the Title bar, and now I've actually grouped all three of these devices inside the rack.

So at this point, I'm going to bring up the macro again, and I'm going to click the Map mode button to enable that. And in this case, I am going to grab the frequency knob, and I'll map that to Macro 1. And I'm also going to click the Resonance feature, and I am going to map that to the same button. So I have got two of those set to the same thing. Now I want to set the minimum and maximum value, so this will actually work; otherwise I might get some results that are less than desirable. So for the frequency setting, I am going to set that at about 650 Hz, somewhere in there, and I'll set the upper end around 7K. And on the Resonance I'll set that around 40%, and the top end around 60%.

And then I'll disable Map mode by clicking the Map mode button. And now I can click that and rename that, Command+R again, or Ctrl+ R in the PC. And I am going to call that "Filter Sweep," and now when I move that number 1 knob on my controller, we'll see that I have got control of that, but it's constrained to those minimum-maximum values. Now because these other devices are part of this rack, I can also choose a parameter from there that I might find useful.

So some other things that you might do here is the overall volume of this pad might be useful. So let me go back into Map mode. I'll select Volume. I am going to click Macro 2. Set that there. I'm going to go out of Map mode, so I can move over here, and I'm going to minimize this pad by double-clicking on the title bar. That way I can see a little bit more detail here. And I am going to go back into Map mode, and let's set the total Amount here, and I'll map that to Macro 3.

And then on to Warm Tube setting, I'll set the Dry/Wet Amount to Macro 4, and I'll leave Map mode. Then I'll rename those, so I know what they are. It already says Dry/Wet. That makes sense to me. But now if I go up to my controller, I can move too. I get the Volume of that particular preset, and the Slow Amount is controlling how wide that panning is going on, and Dry/Wet controlling this Warm Tube.

So I am actually controlling three different devices from the same macro. Let's check that out, and I'll do that while this is playing, so we can hear what it sounds like. (Music playing.) Once you get an instrument drum or effect rack set up and adjusted, assign the most frequently used parameters to a macro.

Then when you need to record automation in your Live projects, or use Live in performance, those parameters will be immediately available to your MIDI controllers through instant mapping.

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