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Exploring Impulse

Exploring Impulse provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Rick Schmunk as pa… Show More

Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Exploring Impulse

Exploring Impulse provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Rick Schmunk as part of the Ableton Live 9 Essential Training
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
    3. What you need to know
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps

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Exploring Impulse
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Exploring Impulse provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Rick Schmunk as part of the Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

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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.

Topics include:
  • Choosing the right gear to use with Ableton
  • Setting audio and MIDI preferences
  • Optimizing performance
  • Loading, playing, and moving clips
  • Exporting clips and devices
  • Recording and overdubbing MIDI
  • Quantizing with grooves
  • Editing pitch and note duration
  • Understanding EQ and filters
  • Recording real-time automation
  • Looping audio
  • Creating beats with Impulse
  • Creating drum racks
  • Introducing Max for Live
Audio + Music
Ableton Live

Exploring Impulse

One of the benefits of using Ableton Live is the software instruments that come packaged with the various versions of the program. Let's take a look at Impulse, a simple but surprisingly powerful drum machine that's included with every version of Live 9. So I've already got an Impulse preset loaded on this first track. And if we look at the instrument across the top, you'll notice that we have eight squares, and those each hold a sample. If I click on the little Launch button or Preview button I can hear the sample that's loaded in that slot. (audio playing) Now, these samples are mapped to the keyboard starting at C3.

So, let me record-enable this track and I'll play middle C or C3. (audio playing) And then D, (audio playing) E, (audio playing) and so on and so forth. (audio playing) So those are mapped from C3 to C4, only using the white keys. Now, as I hover my mouse over one of the slots, there are a couple of extra buttons in addition to the Preview button. The one on the left is the mute button, and the one on the right is the solo button. Now as I select each of these slots you'll notice that the parameters below change.

So, I have individual settings for start time and transpose. I can use a filter and I can use pan and different volume assignments for each one of the eight slots. The last three controls over on the far right are global for volume and transposition. Now if I want to audition and load an impulse preset, I'll need to go into the Instrument category in the browser down the Impulse. And if I click the triangle there I can come in and I can see the various presets that are available. So I'll chose the first one, and then I'll click the Preview button to hear that.

(music playing) Now, if that's the preset that you want, you can load that onto a track by clicking and dragging it onto the track into the drop files and devices area. Or you can simply just hit your Return key and that loaded it on this second Midi track that was available her because there was nothing on the track. You can also create a custom drum instrument, so let me undo that and this time what I'll do is I'll drag and drop. The default impulse instrument and when that loads you'll notice that there are eight empty slots.

So, let's go find some samples. So, I'm going to go into the search area and I'm going to type 808 and lets go down into the samples category and I see a bunch of samples that all have 808 as part of the name. So, let's grab a kick. I like the claps, I'll put that on the third slot and like the hi-hats as well, so let me get the closed hi-hats and put that on the second to last slot and the open hi-hat, I'll put on the last slot.

And then let's do a different search, let's go 707. I like this snare. And then we'll grab a couple noises here's one that I found earlier. And I'll finish with this last one. Now you may wonder why I chose those. If you end up using any of the MIDI drum clips that are part of Live's library, it's likely that the notes are going to be mapped to certain keys based upon the conventions that they've used.

And with Impulse, that typically means that, the kick will typically be loaded on C and the snare and alternate snare will be loaded on D and E. Then the next three slots are usually used for tom-toms or noise types of sounds, so that's why I chose this two sounds here. And then last, they'll put hi-hats type sounds on the last two slots. Now, if I click the last slot, you'll notice that this link button appears in the lower left-hand corner and that allows us to link the last two slots because you wouldn't want your open hi-hat and your closed hi-hat ringing at the same time. So, if I trigger number eight here or the open high hat and then follow that immediately by triggering the closed high hat, as soon as I do that it will actually choke or terminate the sound from the slot eight. Now, if I decide I don't like any of these particular sounds or I want to swap them out for something, I can click a slot, and then, click the hot swap button, which will take me back into the browser, and allow me to search and find other kick sounds.

Same thing here if I want to change the snare, I can go into the snare area and maybe I want this snare 707. So (audio playing) if I double-click on that it exchanges that sound. Now, last 'm going to right-click on this first empty clip slot and I'm going to insert a MIDI clip. I'm just doing that because I want to show you in the sample editor that when the fold button is engaged we actually can see the names of the eight samples that are loaded into Impulse. If I disable that you can see just the normal piano role and the notes. So in addition to drum sounds, Impulse can play back any audio file. When you're working with impulse presets and clips don't forget to experiment and see what else you can come up with.

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