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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.
As you begin to build the sections of the song in Session View, it's likely that you'll want to work with the order of the clips that you're using. Let's take a look at how you can move clips and how you can copy and paste clips. So, moving clips on a track is very easy. You can just click it and drag it toward where ever you want it to go. You can also move a clip from one track to another track. So for example, I've got, looks like a MIDI track here, so I'm going to create another midi track, and that is Cmd+shift+t, or Ctrl+shift+t on a PC. And now I can just click that clip and drag it and drop it over on this other track.
Same thing with an audio clip. I can move that one as well. Now, I can either drag that on this extra MIDI track I have here, and if I drop it there, you'll notice that it actually converted it into an audio track. Let me Undo that. Or, I can drop that on another audio track. And let me just create one to do that. That is Cmd+T on a Mac, or Ctrl+T on a PC to create that. And you'll notice that that was actually flashing up here in the Create menu, and we can see that we've got Insert Audio track and Insert MIDI track there on that menu.
So, now I can click this and I can drag that over on the audio track and let it go. Or, I can grab this MIDI clip and actually drop that on the audio track, and when I do that, notice that it converts that now into MIDI track. So Live's very flexible in that it allows you to move things around and it tries to help you and do things automatically. Now that I'm working on this song here, I'm going to want this bass clip on multiple tracks. So I can copy and paste that clip by click selecting it and then pressing Cmd+C to copy, that would be Ctrl+C on a PC, and then clicking where I want it to go and pressing Cmd+V or Ctrl+V on a PC to copy that.
Not that takes several moves to do that and an easier way to do that might be to hold down your Option key. So I'll click Select that clip slot, hold down my Option key and click and drag that clip and now I've copied that to another clip slot. So, as you're working you might want to rename things to better organize what's going on. So, I can rename the track by going Cmd+R. Now, I can call this my Drums track and then Cmd+R over here on that track and I can call that Bass. And I can even rename the clips if I want so that I can see, maybe what part of the song they're in.
So I might, go Cmd+R on that clip slot, and now I might call that Bass Intro. And then the second one, Cmd+R or Ctrl+R on a PC and call that Bass Verse. So, now as I'm looking at the song here in Session View, I can already get a sense of what the organization is. As you can see, moving, copying, and rearranging clips is intuitive and easy. Using these techniques allows you to experiment with different clips, or parts, as you work to create your beats, and even sections of songs
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