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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.
In the last video a problem came up when we moved the fader all the way up, and in the software it passed 0 dB, which in some cases can create clipping and distortion, which we want to avoid. To solve this let's go back to MIDI map mode. On the left we can the MIDI Mapping browser, and here we can see the minimum and maximum values that we can set for each parameter. If you cannot see this, just expand the MIDI Mapping browser.
Let's set the maximum value to 0 dB, I'll just click in it here, and now if we exit MIDI Mapping mode and move the fader, it goes all the way up to 0 and not past that, which is great, that's exactly what we want. Next, let's map the EQ Three and the Gain. Let's go back to MIDI map mode, Command+M or Ctrl+M, I'm going to click the Gain Low, and this time we're going to map it to a Knob. Mid the knob next to it and High, let's also map the Cue buttons and the Gain.
Let's exit MIDI map mode, let's check that everything works. We can see that the Gain goes from -35 dB to +35 dB, which is way too much right now. So let's go back to MIDI map mode and adjust it to +3 dB and -6 that should do it. Let's also set the maximum value of the EQ to 3 dB. I don't want them to go all the way up to 6, that might be too much, excellent. Let's do the same thing for Deck B.
Cue and Gain, same thing, adjust the minimum and maximum value, -6 and +3 for the Gain and +3 for all the EQs. Exit MIDI map mode. Excellent. You can also map Track Activators, Panning, Tap Tempo, Global Tempo, Transport Control, and much, much more.
One of the coolest mapping in my opinion is to map the clips. Let's go into MIDI map mode, and I'm going to map the clips launching and stopping to one of the keys. So let's map this click to this key, stop button, and this clip, and stop button. So if you remember, we mapped the Crossfader, and now I also have control over the clips. (music playing) Our DJ set might consist of a lot of clips, and we have only so many keyboard keys.
To solve this, we'll have to use scenes, which I'll show you in the next video.
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