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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.
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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