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Freezing tracks


Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Freezing tracks

Freezing tracks 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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Freezing tracks
Video Duration: 3m 43s7h 24m Beginner Apr 16, 2013

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Freezing tracks 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
Rick Schmunk

Freezing tracks

As the production of a song progresses, the number of tracks and devices being used can reach a point where they choke the program in use due to the overconsumption of CPU resources. Ableton Live offers several solutions to this problem. So I'm going to start off by showing you kind of an old-school way of doing that, and that is to actually internally bounce a midi track to an audio track. So I will start by setting the upward of this filter pad midi track from the master to the audio track that's the second track here in the set. And I will go ahead and I will record enable that track. And then I'm going to make a selection the length of what I want to balance and I will do that using a Loop Race.

And then I'm going to enable the punch in and punch out points so that I get just what I'm looking for. And let's get both those clips in about two additional beats. And then to put this into record I'll go ahead and I'll click the Arrangement Record button and before I do that I'm going to solo this track so we can hear just that track. As it's doing this. (music playing).

So, I got exactly what I wanted and now if I was to delete this filter pad track, I would not only get rid of these clips here. But I would get rid of any devices that are being used and any automation that's on that track. And I notice that there was a bunch of automation there because we got this big swell here at the beginning. And then I heard some filter movement in there. So in the end we can reduce quite a bit of activity by bouncing that internally. That takes a little bit of know how how to do that one and its a good option to know but there is also a newer way of doing that, its very quick and very easy.

So let me take this track out of record and take that out of solo and I'm going to disable that track so that we've just got the 2nd audio track playing that's got that audio 1. And now then other way I'm going to show you is I'm going to come down to this Pad Track. And I'm going to right-click on the track name, and from the Contextual menu, I'm going to choose Freeze Track. Now, what it does is it takes the midi data and all the devices that are being used on this, and it renders them as a temp audio file. And any time I hit Play, it will actually play that audio file. And by the way, at this point I can't make any changes to this particular track, it's frozen.

So I'll hit Play just so we can hear what happened. (audio playing). So we hear both those clips playing. Now the new audio clip and now this one that's been frozen. And if I need to make any changes at a later point, I can right-click on that Pad Track name again. And I can choose Unfreeze Track. Come back in make any changes that I want to make. And then I can go back over there and right-click on that again, choose Freeze Track. And then when I am ready to finalize this if I don't need that midi track anymore, I can go ahead and right-click on there again and I can choose Flatten, at which point it's going to render all of that as an audio file.

Let me go ahead and do that. Now that you know how to freeze and flatten tracks in Live, you'll be better able to manage those times when your Live sets get large enough to cause CPU problems.

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