Ableton Live 9 Essential Training
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Exporting audio from Live


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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Exporting audio from Live

The final step in producing a song is to convert the Multi-track Live set into a Stereo Audio file appropriate for burning to an audio CD. The audio export procedure is fairly simple, but there are a number of important decisions to make as part of the process. So let's start by exporting the entire set from the Arrangement view, and this will result in a stereo audio file appropriate for burning to an audio CD. I need to start by making the selection the length or duration of the intended balance. So, I can go on a single track and make a selection that's that length or I could use the Loop Raise and I'll click the edge of that and drag that out.
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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  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
      24s

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7h 24m Beginner Apr 16, 2013

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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
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Rick Schmunk

Exporting audio from Live

The final step in producing a song is to convert the Multi-track Live set into a Stereo Audio file appropriate for burning to an audio CD. The audio export procedure is fairly simple, but there are a number of important decisions to make as part of the process. So let's start by exporting the entire set from the Arrangement view, and this will result in a stereo audio file appropriate for burning to an audio CD. I need to start by making the selection the length or duration of the intended balance. So, I can go on a single track and make a selection that's that length or I could use the Loop Raise and I'll click the edge of that and drag that out.

Make that just a little bit longer than the last clip and let go, and then I'll select the Loop Raise. Next, I'll go up to the File menu and I'll choose Export > Audio and Video. So my choices for this bounce are to bounce from the Master track, which will give us that entire mix, or I can click that and I can choose to Export all the tracks separately as independent tracks. And that would include the Return tracks, or I can choose Individual tracks. So if I just wanted to do the Drum Rack or their Percussion Hat track or the Shaker track, so on and so forth, Individual tracks.

Let's choose the master. And the next option here is to normalize this, and what Live will do in this case is it will analyze the resulting audio file for where the peaks are at. And when it finds the highest peak it will raise or lower the level of the entire resulting file so that, that peak is just below the clipping point. Next I'll drop down here to the audio area and I'll take a look at the file type and I've got two choices here. I've got WAV and AIFF and remember that these are both uncompressed and suitable for burning to and audio CD. So, I'll choose WAV.

My sample rate if I want to burn this to an audio CD, I'll need to reduce this from 48 down to 44 or 1. I'm already at the audio CD standard of 16 bit. But if I was at 24 or 32 and I want to burn this to CD I would reduce this to 16. Now in the case that I do that, I would also want to dither anytime you reduce the bit rate you want to add dither and we have several options here. We have rectangular, triangular and then these three power dither options.

And if you read the live manual, they suggest that triangular is the most transparent. Now I would suggest that you do several bounces, and you choose the bounce that you, like the best. In any case, dither will result in a little bit of pink or white noise, that's only apparent when the, signal is really really soft. And it will help alleviate any of those other problems that might result from quantization error. So, I am not actually reducing the bit rate, so I'm not going to use any dither. And then lastly, if you want to upload this to your SoundCloud account, you can do that by enabling this switch here. But let's go ahead and let's click OK and let's do the bounce. I'm going to put this out on the desktop and I will click Save and here we go. Okay, lets go check that file.

Let's click that, and there is my file, let's just play this real quick to make sure that works. (music playing). Looks like we got it. We can also export audio from Session view, so let's take a look at that. I'm going to click my Stop All Clips button here, just to make sure that everything is set. And before I can export anything from Session view I need to make sure that the clip or the scene has focus. So I'm just going to click the Launch button on this filter pad, and then I'll press my Spacebar to stop it.

(audio playing). So that clip now has focus because I see the Launch button has turned green. Now I can back up to the File menu and choose Export > Audio and Video. And this time it's a little bit different. It shows me that I can set the duration here. So I've got an eight bar clip. Let's just set that at eight bars. The rendered track I can pull off the master or I can pull off a specific track. And I'll drop down and I'll choose filter pad. Again, I can choose to normalize this. Normally when you bounce something like I'm doing here, it's very likely that you're going to want to bring it back into Live to work with it further. So, there's no need to normalize it at this point. But I am going to enable the Render as Loop and what this does is it takes any reverb tails or delay tails and it wraps them back around to the front end of the clip, so if you loop it, you'll actually get those reverb tails. Now if you intend to use this as a model file you can enable this. I've got a stereo clip here and if I was going to bring it back and into live I would want it to be in stereo.

But it's possible if you were doing this to a base clip or something like that, you actually might want to convert it into mono. Again, the file type, I'm going to leave it WAV., the sample rate, since my set is at 48, I'm going to put that and leave that at 48, 16. And I'm not changing the bit depth, so I don't need to dither that. Now in this case, I am going to want to create an Analysis file, because if I'm going to bring this right into Live, I'm going to want Live to be able to warp it. So I'll go ahead and Enable that button. Agian, I don't need to upload to my Soundcloud account, so I won't enable that.

I'll go ahead and click OK and I'll call this Test Bounce number two. And again it's going to go the desktop and I'll click Save. Okay, so now that the bounce is done, I'll go back out to the Finder. And here we can see the Test Bounce 2 WAV that we created. And we could also see the .asv file that Live will use if we bring this audio file back in to use as a clip. And this will allow us to warp that, and use it at different tempos. So, if I click on the test bounce to WAV., again, I can audition that real quickly.

And listen to the beginning of this to see if we actually hear that tail wrap back around to the front edge of the clip. (music playing). So, we got the file that we wanted and I did hear a little bit of that tail wrapped around, that was the liitle bit of that confusion that we heard right at the very beginning of that. So the number of audio export options available, enable to live can seem daunting at first but it's really a simple process.

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