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Creating and routing a click track


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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

with Yeuda Ben-Atar

Video: Creating and routing a click track

In the last video we saw how to synchronize between two or more computers. In this video I'll show you how to send a metronome to other musicians. You can send as many Click Tracks as your audio interface allows. So you can see my audio interface has 6 mono outputs. I'm using two of them to output to the speakers. So I can send up to four outputs to different musicians. Let's see how to set it up in Live. In Live I'm going to create a new MIDI track, Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T.
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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 55s
    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 33s
    5. Using the Scale MIDI effect to play in key
      3m 14s
  7. 17m 33s
    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 47s
    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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Watch the Online Video Course Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance
2h 20m Intermediate Mar 05, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • 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
  • Scratching
  • 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
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Yeuda Ben-Atar

Creating and routing a click track

In the last video we saw how to synchronize between two or more computers. In this video I'll show you how to send a metronome to other musicians. You can send as many Click Tracks as your audio interface allows. So you can see my audio interface has 6 mono outputs. I'm using two of them to output to the speakers. So I can send up to four outputs to different musicians. Let's see how to set it up in Live. In Live I'm going to create a new MIDI track, Command+Shift+T or Ctrl+Shift+T.

I'm going to drag a Drum Rack on to it. Let's load a couple of sounds. It's really up to you which sound to choose or the preference of the musician you play with. I'm going to go with Wood, let's try Clave. I'm going to drag it to one of the pads in the Drum Rack. After we've loaded up the sound to the Drum Rack, it's time to create a new MIDI clip. Let's double-click or one of the empty clip slots to create a new MIDI clip. As you can probably tell, the clip view is quite different from an audio clip. This is the MIDI editor where we can place notes, delete, and edit them.

To create a note, just double-click, and you can expand it or narrow it down. Let's create few more notes on every beat or every quarter note. I'm going to stop all clips just to make sure nothing is playing, and then I'm going to launch the clip of the newly created MIDI clip. Nice. This is a Click Track. We can change the sound whenever we want. To send it to the musicians we're playing we have to go to Live > Preferences, under Audio we need to Config the Output, and once again it's dependent on the audio interface you're using.

I want to output through 11 (mono) & 12 (mono) as well as 13 & 14. Hit OK, close this, open up the Inputs and Outputs using the View Selector to the right, and sending the Audio To External Out and choosing number 11. If I want to send the Click Track to more than one musician, I can simply add another audio track, Command+T or Ctrl+T, receive the audio from the Drum Rack and send it to External Out number 12.

Don't forget to put the Monitor on In, or else we'll have to remember to on the track every time we want to send it to the musician. Let's rename the track Click Track just for organization, and that's it, we're ready to go. Collaborating with other musicians using Ableton Live is easy to set up. You can also sync using other methods like Wi-Fi and Trumax for Live. Most music softwares can be slaved to Ableton Live, but if they can't like Logic, Live woks great in slave mode.

In the next two videos I'll show you live sample cutting and live looping, two powerful techniques you can use in a live performance.

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