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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.
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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