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Loading and playing clips

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Audio and MIDI clips are an essential part of using Live. Let's take a look at how you play and stop clips in Session view. So the colomns that we see here, in Session View are tracks. And on each track there are several places to put little pieces of Audio MIDI that we call clips. And we can see that by these little colored rectangles we see here. Now on the left edge of each of these clips there is a Play button that's referred to as a Launch button in Live speak. And we can hear that clip by clicking the Launch button. So let's check out this bass part. (audio playing) Now there's multiple ways to stop that clip. And that time I did it by pressing on the spacebar. And I want you to notice that the Launch button remained green, we knew that the clip has focus and what that means is the next time I hit the spacebar to start playback, any clips that have green Launch buttons will immediately stop playing.

Loading and playing clips

Audio and MIDI clips are an essential part of using Live. Let's take a look at how you play and stop clips in Session view. So the colomns that we see here, in Session View are tracks. And on each track there are several places to put little pieces of Audio MIDI that we call clips. And we can see that by these little colored rectangles we see here. Now on the left edge of each of these clips there is a Play button that's referred to as a Launch button in Live speak. And we can hear that clip by clicking the Launch button. So let's check out this bass part. (audio playing) Now there's multiple ways to stop that clip. And that time I did it by pressing on the spacebar. And I want you to notice that the Launch button remained green, we knew that the clip has focus and what that means is the next time I hit the spacebar to start playback, any clips that have green Launch buttons will immediately stop playing.

Let's check that out and this time I'll stop playback a different way. (music playing) So that time I stopped the clip playing by clicking on one of the empty clip slots, and these little squares there are Stop buttons. Now I could've done that also by clicking on the Stop button here at the bottom of the track, or if I had several clips playing, I could click the Stop All Clips button over here at the bottom of the master track. So this time I'll go ahead start that same base clip playing.

And then I'll launch some other clips (music playing). So, as I do that you might notice that the clips sometimes wait just a second before they start playing. And that's because of the setting that's over here on the Control bar next to the metronome.

And this is called the global quantize setting and what it does is set the amount of time that a clip will take to start playing after you click the Launch button. And at this point if there are any other clips already playing in the session, it's going to wait one bar before it launches that clip so that we can play the clips in sync with each other. Now, if you click on the little triangle here, you can see that there are other values that we can set this to. But most the time I'll tell you that I'll leave that set at one bar. Now, you noticed that I was playing multiple clips.

The one rule that we have to follow here is that we can only actually play one clip per track. And again that's these vertical columns but I can play any clip anywhere else in this set on any of the other tracks whether it is on the same row or not. Now the clips that are on the same row or I should say as you start to work and develop your ideas and you find ideas that work together. You'll want to put them on the same row, because over on the right-hand side of Session view, on the Master track, we also have Launch buttons. And those will allow us to launch all the clips on one row. So to stop playback again, I'm going to press the Stop All Clips button here. And then I'm going to go ahead, and I'm going to trigger this first scene to play, this synth-pad.

And then I'll wait a bit and I'll launch this scene called Piano Brig, let's check this out. (music playing). And again, each time I click a see Launch button, you'll notice that it waited just a second, and it waited til the next bar start.

Before it started to play that scene based upon the global quantize amount. Now I also pressed the spacebar to stop playback that time. And I want you to notice that all the clips that were playing retained focus. So if I want to start playback again and hear that same scene, all I need to do is press spacebar. (music playing) At that time I stopped those clips and that scene from playing back by clicking on the Stop All Clips button.

So knowing how to start and stop playback is an important part of feeling confident and control of an audio program. As you can see Live Session view is a bit different than that from other programs, but offers greater flexibility in the song creation workflow.

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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

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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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