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Nonlinear sequencing with Session view

From: Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

Video: Nonlinear sequencing with Session view

Ableton Live is unique and that it offers two work flows for creating music. A Live user can choose to use one workflow exclusively or the two can be combined. Let's take a closer look. So, right now we're in Session view and if you go up here and click this button right here, it will flip you over to Arrange view. Now when you moved to this window, notice that the outside edges remain the same in both views. And while we're at it, the first quick key that we'll learn is the Tab key which moves us between the two windows. So, Arrange view is like many other DAW programs, like Pro Tools or Logic, or Digital Performer, in that you arrange things on a timeline that moves from left to right in a linear manner.

Nonlinear sequencing with Session view

Ableton Live is unique and that it offers two work flows for creating music. A Live user can choose to use one workflow exclusively or the two can be combined. Let's take a closer look. So, right now we're in Session view and if you go up here and click this button right here, it will flip you over to Arrange view. Now when you moved to this window, notice that the outside edges remain the same in both views. And while we're at it, the first quick key that we'll learn is the Tab key which moves us between the two windows. So, Arrange view is like many other DAW programs, like Pro Tools or Logic, or Digital Performer, in that you arrange things on a timeline that moves from left to right in a linear manner.

So, here I'm looking at clips on some of the tracks. You notice that there is gaps, and as the time moves from right to left, we'll play each one of those in it's turn. Now, above there we see that there is a bars and beats ruler, and down at the bottom we see that there is a time ruler that's in minutes and seconds. The tracks in this are over here on the right, and we see the Track Controls. But what I really want to talk about here is Session view. This is a little bit different, so I'll Tab back over. And in some ways, this looks like a mix window in other programs. We've got tracks that go vertically, and we see that I've got things like Mixer Controls, like your Fader and your Pan Knob, and things like that. And then another program's up here, this is where you'd put maybe plugins on a track.

But these little boxes that looks like cells in a spreadsheet, these actually hold little bits of Audio and MIDI, and they can be of different lengths. For example, you might have a kick clip that's two beats long, and snare clip that's a bar long, and a base part that is eight bars long so son, so forth. But what Live will do is it will sync all of these to play together, so a couple rules. Only one clip can play on a track at a time for example, if I click the Play button or Launch button here on this clip on the base track we'll hear that clip play.

(music playing). And I clicked the little square up there which is one of the Stop buttons to actually have that stop on that track. So, I can play one clip or track at a time, and those clips can be located anywhere on the track. So, I can make this Base clip play with this High Hat clip that we've got over here with this Filter clip all the way over here. And so what this allows you to do, is kind of work with your ideas in a messy way. And then as you start to get ideas that work together, you can form those on a row, and you can click a button over here on the master track to launch the entire row.

Let's do that. (music playing). So, that row might form an introduction to a song or the verse section or something else. Now you might have noticed there was a lot of sound going on there and that's because there are actually multiple tracks playing, and if I take the scroll bar over you'll see that there's several more tracks. So, what I really like about Session view is you get to work without being constrained to a timeline.

Your ideas can be of any length and they can work together and Live will sync them. As they start to form kind of sections of songs. You can then arrange them on the rows, as we call in Live Speak Scenes, and you can trigger those independently. And then as we get the song worked out, we can then actually record that material from Session View into Arrange View where it might be easier to finish some of the final details, like adding automation and things like that. So, if your using Live for the first time session view may seem a bit odd, it did to me at first.

But once you get familiar with Session view you may find it a liberating way to work with your ideas.

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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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