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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.
Of the mini max devices that became available with Live Suite 9, I was excited to find Mono Sequencer, because I've always found step sequencers useful and fun to use. Its also a great example of the kinds of max devices that are available. Let's take a look and see how Mono Sequencer works. Let's go into the max for live category in the browser, and let's go into the MIDI Effect subfolder, and I'm going to grab Mono Sequencer and drag and drop that before this software instrument that have already preloaded here. So, to start out with, you won't actually hear what Mono Sequencer does, until you actually start playback.
And you can do that by hitting the space bar. Let's check that out. (music playing) So, you hear a pulsing. That's actually doing that out of 16th note at the current tempo of the set, which is on 117 bpm. Now, if you want that to pulse at a different rhythmic value, you can click that drop down menu. You could choose. Another rhythmic value like a Quarter Note or a Half Note, let's just try a Quarter Note, listen to what that sounds like, (audio playing). So you can hear that it's pulsing slower at a Quarter Note, let's go back to a 16th Note.
If you want you can change the number of steps here but I'm going to leave it at 16, you can also enable swing value, so if I click the Swing On it's going to delay every other note. Let's listen to what that sounds like. (audio playing) I'm going to turn that off. I'm going to, do this one at a straight feel. Now if we go over into this area, we actually have several different sequencer lanes, the first one is pitch. This will actually transpose based upon whatever MIDI notes are coming in. So, let me just set a few of these.
So, let me go to beat two, which will start on five here. I'll drag that up to let's say a fifth, and I'm going to go over here after beat three and I'm going to pull a couple of these down. I like to use flat sevens. And then I'm going to go down in this bottom lane and I'm going to turn a few of these steps off by clicking on these areas right here. So we pull that off. So let me play that so you can hear what that sounds like. (music playing) So, that sounds a little bit more like a bass line.
I'm actually going to go over here in the transpose field, and I'm going to pull that down a couple octaves. So, that's by half steps. So, I've set that down 24 half steps. Let's check it out now. (music playing). And you can hear the gaps where I've actually turned off these steps. Now, let's go to the velocity lane, and I'm just going to draw in a random velocity change on some of this. So, I'm just clicking and dragging. And let's check that out.
(music playing) So there must be some kind of a velocity modulation happening in the virtual instrument that I loaded, and we can hear that. Now I want to show you that you can actually change the length of the sequence by clicking and dragging up here on the bar at the top. And that's independent for each one of these lanes. So I'm going to pull this velocity lane down, and let's do that in odd values, so that as it repeats, it's doing that, almost randomly. And if I go back to the pitch lane, you notice it's still at 16, so that will repeat at 16 steps, the velocity will repeat at 11. Let's check that out. (audio playing) So you can see that, that's doing that at a different rate. Now each time I hit my spacebar.
You'll notice that it's starting from the place that I last stopped. Let's check that out. (audio playing) If you don't want that to happen you can actually sync it to the transport by going over here in the transport category, and right now where it says furry click that, and it will turn to sync. And now each time you start it will actually start at the beginning of the sequence (audio playing). Okay, let's do a couple more here. Let's go to the Octave category, and let's set an octave offset. Now, this will go up or down three octaves, and I'm just going to randomly pull up an octave here and maybe an octave down over there.
And again, I'm going to set the sequence at a different value. Let's set that at seven. (music playing) Okay, so you can hear it randomly offsetting things an octave up or an octave down. I'm also going to go into duration, an I'm going to change the length of some of these notes by clicking an dragging across here. Let's check that out. (music playing) And I'm going to make these just a little bit shorter. (music playing) And again, I'll change the length of that sequence. And let's make that one, again, another odd value. I'll put that at 13.
Now I've got a clip up here on the track, and if I Shift+Tab, we can see that I've just got a whole note C and a whole note B flat set there. Now that's going to cause this pitch sequence to transpose, because I've got the MIDI input settings set to transpose. And we'll actually see that change here. As we play the sequence, now let's hear that with the drum kit that I've already got in the set, and I'm going to fire off this scene. (music playing) So we saw that actually go from 24, to minus 26, as the clip played on that track an it went from the C down to the B-flat.
So as you can see, Mono Sequencer is really a useful device. Next time you need to create a base line, or you want to randomize a repeating part, try using Mono Sequencer.
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