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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

with Yeuda Ben-Atar

Video: Welcome

Shows how to use Ableton Live on stage for performing original music with or without other musicians, recording live performances, and taking your DJ set to the next level.
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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
    3. Using the Live Pack exercise files
  2. 7m 5s
    1. Choosing the right controller
    2. Using controllers designed specifically for Ableton Live
      2m 20s
    3. Using third-party controllers
      1m 49s
    4. Utilizing alternative and DIY controllers
      2m 7s
  3. 19m 35s
    1. Choosing songs for a DJ set
      5m 20s
    2. Importing songs into Ableton Live
      3m 41s
    3. Building your decks
      2m 32s
    4. Using EQ and gain to emulate a hardware DJ mixer
      2m 56s
    5. Quantizing with the Global Quantization Engine
      1m 54s
    6. Deciding whether or not to use headphones
      3m 12s
  4. 17m 35s
    1. Setting up MIDI controllers in the preferences
      4m 2s
    2. Understanding control surface scripts
      2m 19s
    3. Mapping the crossfader
      2m 30s
    4. Mapping EQ and gain
      3m 28s
    5. Understanding scenes, scrolling, and launch features
      5m 16s
  5. 34m 1s
    1. Creating cue points
      4m 34s
    2. Looping using Beat Repeat
      7m 17s
    3. Building a custom audio effect rack
      8m 58s
    4. Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples
      6m 15s
    5. Scratching
      6m 57s
  6. 21m 55s
    1. Organizing your tracks
      4m 48s
    2. Creating a new set
      3m 40s
    3. Adding instruments and samplers
      4m 40s
    4. Setting up multiple instruments on one track
      5m 33s
    5. Using the Scale MIDI effect to play in key
      3m 14s
  7. 17m 33s
    1. Creating a bus track for master effects
      3m 1s
    2. Using dummy clips
      3m 39s
    3. Using unlinked clip envelopes
      4m 24s
    4. Creating momentary effects
      3m 47s
    5. Using return tracks for time-based effects
      2m 42s
  8. 18m 50s
    1. Syncing via MIDI to perform with other musicians
      1m 53s
    2. Creating and routing a click track
      3m 1s
    3. Using Follow Actions
      3m 58s
    4. Using the Looper audio effect
      4m 27s
    5. Recording your live performance
      5m 31s
  9. 45s
    1. What's next?

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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance
Video duration: 0s 2h 20m Intermediate


In this course, Ableton Certified Trainer Yeuda Ben-Atar demonstrates how to use Ableton Live to its fullest potential in a live performance setting. First, learn how to choose the best MIDI controller to use with Ableton Live, and how to set it up properly to be used on stage. Then dive deeper into how to use MIDI mapping to get the most out of your controllers with Live. Next, Yeuda shares a number of techniques he employs as a live performer, like using cue points, looping, scratching, applying effects, and playing samples. He then shows how to create a live set, including organizing, exporting, and adding instruments and building custom effect racks.

Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.

Topics include:
  • Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
  • Choosing songs for a DJ set
  • Building your decks
  • Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
  • Knowing when to use headphones
  • Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
  • Scratching
  • Looping with Beat Repeat
  • Setting up multiple instruments on one track
  • Creating a bus track for master effects
  • Preparing your original productions for the stage
  • Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
  • Live looping and live sample cutting
  • Recording your live performance
Audio + Music
Ableton Live


Hey, I'm Yeuda Ben-Atar, also known as Side Brain. Welcome to Ableton Live for Live Performance. To me, music is about playing, and the digital environment of Ableton Live can allow us to be irresponsibly creative and experiment in a way that would be nearly impossible using conventional hardware music gear. That said, it's important to take advantage of as many ways as possible to detach ourself from the computer while performing live. Throughout this course I'll show you dozens of cool live performance techniques, whether you're a deejay, songwriter, or a producer.

I'll start out by helping you choose the right MIDI controllers for your Live setup, then I'll show you how to deejay with Ableton Live by emulating a deejay booth with two decks and a mixer. Next, we'll see how to map a MIDI controller to Ableton Live, then I'll show you some more modern deejay techniques, such as looping and cuepoint juggling and how to use them in your Live deejay set. I'll also show you how to perform live with you own original material.

(music playing) And finally, I'll show you some alternative performance techniques, like live looping and live sample cutting. Traditional musicians are different from computer musicians in that they play acoustic instruments and create sounds in real time. For us, the sounds already exist in the computer, and we can control where, when, and how they will be heard. Let's explore some powerful ways you can prepare your Live set and maximize your creativity on stage with Ableton Live for Live Performance.

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