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Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows you how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas. Along the way, get familiar with the Live interface, work with its views for recording and editing audio and MIDI, and explore its unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities. Plus, learn real-world production skills that can be applied to songwriting, studio production, and DJing. The final chapters offer an inside look at features added in Live 9, such as new Instrument Racks containing over 3,000 production-ready sounds, and Max for Live, a toolkit for building custom devices.
As you work on finishing a project, you'll often find that you want to make changes to existing automation. Let's take a look at how you can edit automation in Live. So, I'm going to zoom in a little bit right here on this piano track, I've got a little automation that looks like it's on a delayed synth, but it'll serve our purposes. I can delete existing automation couple different ways. First of all, if you hover your mouse over break points and click on them, you delete them, if you want to readd them click again. If you want to delete a range, we can select a range and hit the Delete key.
And I want you to notice that it will also gets rid of the underlying audio in that case or MIDI. I'm going to undo that. And I'm going to move that automation to it's own lane. Click the Plus button over here. And now I can make an selection that's only on that automation lane and when I hit Delete, it just gets rid of that automation. Undo that to bring that back. So if I want to change the any location of any break point, I can do that as well. I can select a break point and drag up or down to change the value, or I can drag right or left to change its position. I can also do that with range, and this would going to be handy in this case. So, if I make a selection and then click on any one of the break points that are contained within that selection.
I can click that, carefully move that over towards where I want it to go. Now I can also trim the automation as well. And what I mean there is, often times you have the over all contour that you want, but it's either not enough or to much of whatever parameter that you're working with. Now in this case, make a selection like we see that I've already got on screen. And then hold down your Shift key and notice that the automation inside the selection turns blue. At this point, I can move my mouse anywhere near that line, and click and drag that and notice that I can pull that up or down, and still retain the overall shape of that automation.
That's really handy especially with volume automation, if you like what you've got but you just need to increase the level or decrease the level by small amounts. Other times you've used the Pencil tool to add automation and you end up with a lot of break points, and you may not want or need all of them. So in this case, I'm going to use the Wipe Automation feature. I'll get rid of that selection, and I'm going to hold down my Shift key and choose one of these break points. And then I'm just going to click and drag up to the point where I want to get to, and notice that it's wiping out all the automation in between there. And once I've got that linear line there, if I want to add a curve to that again, you could hold down your Option key and click and drag between the two break points, and you can curve that automation.
As we saw a second ago, the clip automation and the underline clip are affected when you do copy and paste moves. So one of the things we can do to alleviate that is actually to unlock the automation from the clip. So for example, if I come up and click on this Lock Envelopes button. It turns orange, it's actually disabled that feature. And now if I want to, for example, grab these two clips there and cut them, I can do that without losing the underlying automation.
Let me undo that. I can also grab those and copy it, and move it to the next point here and paste that in, and I get that without the automation. Now if you want the automation to follow, just re-enable the Lock Envelops button. And now when I make a selection there Cmd+C, you can go to the next point Cmd+V and I paste that in including the automation. So sometimes after you've written automation and your listening to a track, and you want to make changes to that automation.
And you're not quite sure what you want to do, but you just want to audition and try different things. You can temporarily disable automation written on a track, by selecting the associated parameter and moving it. Let me come over here and I'll grab this. And notice that when I move it up the automation turns brown. And so it's currently disabled. If I want to go back to the previous automation after I've auditioned that, I can do that by going up and clicking on the Re-enable Automation button that's at the top of the window. So we notice that its now gone back to red, and it's now active again. So just repeat, all you need to do is click in the field of that parameter and then move it.
It turns that gray brown. Now the dotted line represents the level that particular parameter. And when you're ready to go back and edit that automation or record new automation, just click the Re-enable Automation button, and we're back to the original settings. So, as you can see, editing automation in Live is a simple process, and it allows you to fine-tune and shape a mix, as you work towards finishing a project.
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