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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.
Live's virtual instruments, effects and clips are most easily accessed through Live's browser. Let's take a first look at how to navigate the browser and then preview and load clips in presets. So, the Browser is located in the left hand side of the window here in Live. And we can open and close the browser by clicking this triangle that's in the upper left-hand corner of the browser. You can also do that by key command which would be Option Cmd+B on a Mac. Or Ctrl+Alt+B on a PC. Now the browser is divided into two general areas.
At the top, we have Categories, and at the bottom, Places. In Categories, we have access to things like Sounds, and Drums sounds. The various Virtual Instruments, Audio Effects like EQs and Compressors and Reverbs, MIDI effects like the Arpeggiator or the Scale plug-in. There's a special category for Max for Live and we've got Max Audio Effects, Instrument Effects and MIDI Effects there. Plugins gives you access to third party plugins like those from Apple, Celemony, Spectrasonics or Waves or some other third party plugin manufacturer.
And in the Clips area, we have access to clips, which we'll talk about more in just a second. And then in the Samples area, we have access to one-shot samples like kick hits and snare hits and other things of that nature. In the Places area, we have access to your User Library, and you can also set up custom libraries. And you can also access any packs that you've downloaded from Ableton Live and installed in the system. So, a clip, is a recording of an audio signal or a MIDI performance. These clips represent a musical building block that can be used to build a song, or a section of a song. An though they can be of any length, most Live clips are two, four or eight bars long, an are edited so that they can be repeated or looped. So we can audition and load clips from the browser. So I'm going to go down to the Clips category, and I can choose a clip over here, and I can audition that if I've got the Preview button selected. And you can click this button here at the bottom of the list to preview it, or press the Right Arrow on your computer keyboard.
(music playing). You could press your Spacebar to stop playback. And when it's a little bit too loud, you can adjust the preview listening level with this Preview cue volume control over here at the bottom of the master track. Now if you want to load a clip to one of the clip slots here in Session view, you can select it, choose this working beat here. And I can either double-click on that, hit my return key, or I can simply click it and drag it and drop it on the clip slot on the track where I want to place it.
And I can tell this is an Audio clip, because when I look down here in Clip view, I actually see the audio waveform, among other things. Now, if I want to hear that clip, I can launch that by clicking on the clip launch button here on the left edge of the clip. Let's try that. (music playing). Now, I can stop that several ways, and it's important to know the significance. So that time, I stopped it with the Spacebar, and that left the clip in focus. And I know that because I see the Play or Launch button here on the left-hand side is still lit in green. And that means that if I press the spacebar again, any clips that have focus, are going to immediately start playing.
(music playing). And that time, I stopped the clip from playing by pressing the Stop button on an empty clip slot on that track. So, we've seen an audio clip. Let's take a look at a MIDI clip, and I have one loaded on the next track. So, if I select that, in the Clip view down here at the bottom of the window, we can see that I no longer have an audio waveform view. I can actually see MIDI notes. So let's check that out. (audio playing). Now playing and stopping starts the same way.
I can either click the Launch button on the clip and if it remains in focus I can press the spacebar again. And I can stop the clip by pressing the spacebar. Or I can stop it by clicking a Stop button on any one of the empty clip slots that are on that track or at the bottom of the track. Or I can go over and I can click the Stop All Clips button set at the bottom of the master track. I'll do that and I'll clear everything. Now lets take a look at Presets. So I'm going to go into the instrument category and again I'll look for some drums.
So I'm going to go into the drum instrument in Ableton Live which is called impulse. And lets just grab one and lets check out the grinder kit. So I'll choose that. (audio playing). Now that immediately started playing back because the Preview button was loaded. And there's just a few samples loaded in the drum instruments that's playing this. And there's very, very short queue that they load for all of the presets now. So I can hear that very quickly. Now if I want to load that preset. Again I can double-click on it.
I can drag it over to the Drop Files and Devices area and this time let's double-click it and see what it does. So, this time let's create a new MIDI track. So, I'll come up here to the top and insert MIDI track and now I can Click and Drag that. And drop that at the top of the track, on a clip slot anywhere on the track or down in the drop and instrument area. And notice that I didn't get a clip on any of the clip slots here. The track instead was placed in record and it looks like I have record buttons on any of the clip slots. So, when you load a device you don't get a clip. You get the device and you're going to create a clip. Now because it's in record, I can quickly audition what I got. So I'll press middle C here.
(audio playing). Which is mapped to this first slot on impulse slot. And now I'm ready to record a clip. So now we know how to preview and load clips, and software instrument device presets. We've also learned the important difference between clips and presets.
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