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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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