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Creating momentary effects

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Video: Creating momentary effects

In previous chapters we have seen how to use the Clip Launch Box to change the individual quantization of the clip which allows you to override the global quantization. Let's go back to the launch box and see how we can change the launch mode of the clip to achieve momentary effects. First, let's load another effect on to the Bus track. I am going to go to Audio Effect and choose Auto Pan. I am going to set the Auto Pan so we can achieve a gate effect, which sounds something like this.

Creating momentary effects

In previous chapters we have seen how to use the Clip Launch Box to change the individual quantization of the clip which allows you to override the global quantization. Let's go back to the launch box and see how we can change the launch mode of the clip to achieve momentary effects. First, let's load another effect on to the Bus track. I am going to go to Audio Effect and choose Auto Pan. I am going to set the Auto Pan so we can achieve a gate effect, which sounds something like this.

(music playing) Cool. Let's map the On/Off button of this device to my MIDI keyboard. I am going to go into MIDI mapping mode, Command+M or Ctrl+M, click on the ON/Off button, and click one of the keys on my MIDI keyboard. Exit MIDI Map mode, play the music, and to turn on the effect I will have to press the key. To turn off the effect, I would have to press the key again.

Momentary Effects, allows us to press the key to turn on the effect and to turn off the effect by just letting go. So we can achieve that with Clip Envelopes and changing the Launch mode of the clip. First, let's stop all clips, then let's arm the Bus track so we can record an empty dummy clip. Just going to record it, and that's it. Next, let's double-click on the clip to go into the Clip View, choosing the right parameter in the drop box menu, we want to Device On, let's go into Draw mode by hitting B and just turn it on for the first 16 of the Bus. Turn off Draw mode by hitting B again.

And now if we go back to the Track View and hit Play on the clip, we can see the effect turning on for a very short time just at the beginning of the bar for the first 16th, because that's how we set up the Clip Envelope. Let's go back to the Clip View, and now let's change the Launch mode. The launch mode is what happens when we launch a clip. Right now it's on Trigger, so every time we launch a clip, it will restart from its beginning, and we can change that to Repeat.

So at anytime we are holding on the Play button of the clip, it will repeat according to the quantization, which right now is set to Global. I wanted to repeat very fast, so I am going to set the Quantization to 132. Now if I click on the Play button to launch the clip and keep holding, we can see the playhead repeats and only on the segment of the Clip Envelope that turns on the effect. If I let go, it continues to the rest of the Clip Envelope, which there, the effect is turned off.

We only need to turn the loop of the clip off, because we don't want it to repeat, we only want it to repeat when we launch it. Map the clip to a MIDI keyboard, let's go Command+M or Ctrl+M, nice. Let's Exit MIDI Map mode, let's go to the Track View just to see how Ableton works, and I am going to launch the scene. (music playing) Now every time I am going to hit the key, we are going to hear the effect and every time I am going to let go off the key, the effect is going to be turned off.

(music playing) That's exactly that we wanted, momentary effects. In the next video, we'll start using time based effects in our live performance, such as Reverb and Delay.

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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

39 video lessons · 5727 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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