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Exploring the Arrangement view

From: Up and Running with Ableton Live 9

Video: Exploring the Arrangement view

The Arrangement view in Live is where we'll arrange and edit the different segments of our song. It will allow us to plan the progression of our song using the timeline. We've recorded a rough arrangement from the Session view to the Arrangement view, but we can see all the clips in the Arrangement view are grayed out. And that's because they're still playing from the Session view. If we want to go back to Arrangement, we'll have to click the Back to Arrangement button individually for each track, and we can see it enabled. Or click the Global Back to Arrangement right here. Now all the clips are playing from the Arrangement view.

Exploring the Arrangement view

The Arrangement view in Live is where we'll arrange and edit the different segments of our song. It will allow us to plan the progression of our song using the timeline. We've recorded a rough arrangement from the Session view to the Arrangement view, but we can see all the clips in the Arrangement view are grayed out. And that's because they're still playing from the Session view. If we want to go back to Arrangement, we'll have to click the Back to Arrangement button individually for each track, and we can see it enabled. Or click the Global Back to Arrangement right here. Now all the clips are playing from the Arrangement view.

(music playing) If we launch a clip from the Session view-- (music playing) --we can see it grayed out in the Arrangement view, and that's because only one view can be played at one time per track. So if we launch it from the Session, it is going to be played from the Session until we go Back to Arrangement. First, let's add locators that will help us to quickly jump between the different segments of our song. So I'm going to right-click in the scrub area and choose Add Locator.

I'm going to rename this Intro. Let's get another one here, and another one here, Part B. We can also go into Keyboard Mapping mode using the Key button, click on one of the locators, and map it to our computer keyboard. I'll hit 5. It doesn't really matter which key. Part A 6, Part B 7. Now let's exit keyboard mapping mode, clicking on the Key button again, or Command+K or Ctrl+K. We can jump to the different segments of our song and play them. (music playing) You saw how it blinked there and didn't jump instantly? Let's do it again.

(music playing) That's because we have the Global Quantization Engine exactly like we have in the Session view. So everything will be quantized according to it, and right now it's set to 1 var. So everything will start in the next musical bar. To navigate in the Arrangement view, we'll use the Beat Time Ruler or the Overview Bar on the top. You can click and drag left and right and up and down to zoom in and out. If you don't see the Overview Bar, go to View and click on Overview.

If you want to loop a section in the arrangement, we can take the loop bracket and place it wherever we want. Let's loop the intro and turn on the Loop button. (music playing) We can also click on the clip and hit Command+L or Ctrl+L to instantly loop it. We can right-click anywhere on the grid to change the grid size exactly like we did in the MIDI Note Editor.

Adaptive Grid will change with zooming in and zooming out, and Fixed Grid will always remain the same size no matter what the zoom status is. It's good practice to rename and color your track. This project might be fairly small, but you might end up with big projects, of about 50 or even 60 tracks. I want to color the clips right now according to the track's color. I'm going to hold Shift and choose all the clips in the track and color them. Under the loop bracket, we can find the scrub area marked with a small speaker icon where we can start from any point in our song.

(music playing) Remember, you don't have to start making music using the Session view. This is just a quick way to lay down musical ideas, perform your music live, or mix and match different musical concepts. You can start your song directly from the Arrangement view and more easily plan the progression of your song over time.

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