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Discover how to get started creating and recording music with Ableton Live 9 in just two hours. Author and musician Yeuda Ben-Atar starts this course by showing how to set up all audio, MIDI, and external plugins and prep an initial project for recording. Then he jumps into high gear: making beats with the Ableton drum kits, recording with the built-in virtual instruments, and capturing live performance like vocals and guitar. After your tracks are recorded, learn how to arrange song clips, layer in effects, create and record automation, and quickly mix the tracks with groups, busses, EQ, compression, and other techniques. The final chapter in the course shows you how to save, export, and master your finished song.
When working with Live, you'll find yourself switching between the two main views-- the Arrangement and the Session--a lot of times. But it's good practice to work in one view at a time. To move the recorded vocals from the Arrangement to the Session view, we can simply drag the clip over the Session view selector and place them in the vocal track. Another way to do this is to simply right-click on the vocal clip, choose Copy, go back to Session view, right-click anywhere in the empty clip slots, and choose Paste.
Let's delete this too. In Ableton Live 9, we have a new feature called Consolidate Time to New Scene. And what it will do is it will take the highlighted time-- let's highlight a certain time, for example, these 8 bars. Right-click and choose Consolidate Time to New Scene. What it will do is it will take all the clips that are playing in that time, move them to the Session view, and it will place everything in a new scene. A scene is a row in Ableton Live. So now we can see we have all the clips that played in that highlighted time created on a new scene, on a new row in the Session view, which is great.
It did the work for us. So, we can delete all the duplicates. By holding Shift, I'm going to choose all the clips, and let's delete them. Now we have the vocals and all the other tracks in this view. In our case, I don't really want this take; I want the other take. So, let's do the same thing but with the last 8 bars. I am going to highlight these 8 bars. I am going to right-click and choose Consolidate Time to New Scene. Let's go back to the Session view. We can see we have all the clips that were playing at that highlighted time created on a new scene.
Let's delete the other ones. Let's choose all of them, bring them to this top row, and let's play all the clips. (music playing) So, you will find yourself often working from the Session view to the Arrangement view and vice versa.
It's always smart to work in one view, just to keep everything organized. So, this is how you move from the Arrangement to the Session. And if you want to move from the Session to the Arrangement, you can again simply drag the clips, copy the clips, and we can also record it, which we'll talk about more later.
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