Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance
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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

with Yeuda Ben-Atar

Video: Organizing your tracks

We've seen how you can deejay by inputting songs into Ableton Live and create a DJ set. In this Chapter we'll see how we can take original tunes and create a live performance. The first thing I'm going to show you is how to group the different elements in your songs and export them to your computer as audio files. Take your time with this process. It might be the longest step in preparing your live show. In Ableton Live, I've loaded one of my projects. Let's take a listen.
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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      58s
    3. Using the Live Pack exercise files
      43s
  2. 7m 5s
    1. Choosing the right controller
      49s
    2. Using controllers designed specifically for Ableton Live
      2m 20s
    3. Using third-party controllers
      1m 49s
    4. Utilizing alternative and DIY controllers
      2m 7s
  3. 19m 35s
    1. Choosing songs for a DJ set
      5m 20s
    2. Importing songs into Ableton Live
      3m 41s
    3. Building your decks
      2m 32s
    4. Using EQ and gain to emulate a hardware DJ mixer
      2m 56s
    5. Quantizing with the Global Quantization Engine
      1m 54s
    6. Deciding whether or not to use headphones
      3m 12s
  4. 17m 35s
    1. Setting up MIDI controllers in the preferences
      4m 2s
    2. Understanding control surface scripts
      2m 19s
    3. Mapping the crossfader
      2m 30s
    4. Mapping EQ and gain
      3m 28s
    5. Understanding scenes, scrolling, and launch features
      5m 16s
  5. 34m 1s
    1. Creating cue points
      4m 34s
    2. Looping using Beat Repeat
      7m 17s
    3. Building a custom audio effect rack
      8m 58s
    4. Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples
      6m 15s
    5. Scratching
      6m 57s
  6. 21m 55s
    1. Organizing your tracks
      4m 48s
    2. Creating a new set
      3m 40s
    3. Adding instruments and samplers
      4m 40s
    4. Setting up multiple instruments on one track
      5m 33s
    5. Using the Scale MIDI effect to play in key
      3m 14s
  7. 17m 33s
    1. Creating a bus track for master effects
      3m 1s
    2. Using dummy clips
      3m 39s
    3. Using unlinked clip envelopes
      4m 24s
    4. Creating momentary effects
      3m 47s
    5. Using return tracks for time-based effects
      2m 42s
  8. 18m 50s
    1. Syncing via MIDI to perform with other musicians
      1m 53s
    2. Creating and routing a click track
      3m 1s
    3. Using Follow Actions
      3m 58s
    4. Using the Looper audio effect
      4m 27s
    5. Recording your live performance
      5m 31s
  9. 45s
    1. What's next?
      45s

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Watch the Online Video Course Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance
2h 20m Intermediate Mar 05, 2013

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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.

Topics include:
  • Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
  • Choosing songs for a DJ set
  • Building your decks
  • Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
  • Knowing when to use headphones
  • Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
  • Scratching
  • Looping with Beat Repeat
  • Setting up multiple instruments on one track
  • Creating a bus track for master effects
  • Preparing your original productions for the stage
  • Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
  • Live looping and live sample cutting
  • Recording your live performance
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Yeuda Ben-Atar

Organizing your tracks

We've seen how you can deejay by inputting songs into Ableton Live and create a DJ set. In this Chapter we'll see how we can take original tunes and create a live performance. The first thing I'm going to show you is how to group the different elements in your songs and export them to your computer as audio files. Take your time with this process. It might be the longest step in preparing your live show. In Ableton Live, I've loaded one of my projects. Let's take a listen.

(music playing) As you can see, we're in a different view that we've been so far. This is called the Arrangement View. This is where we're going to arrange our ideas after we lay them down in the Session View. If you want to switch between two views, you can hit the Tab key, or you can use the View Selectors to the upper right of the screen.

First, let's start by marking the different segments of the songs by adding Locators. To add a Locator, I need to right-click on the Play bar and choose Add Locator. Let's call this Intro. I'm going to move it by dragging it to the start. Let's add Locators the other sections of the song. I'm going to call this Part A, Part B, Part C, and Outro.

Next thing we need to do is to group the different elements of the songs. For me, I'm going to group into 4 groups, Kick, Bass, Music, Snare & Percussion. You can also group into Instruments, Vocals, Effects, or anything that comes in mind. Let's do it now. To group, I'm going to choose the tracks that I want to group by clicking on them, holding Shift, and selecting. Right-click and choose Group Tracks. Let's rename them by clicking Command+R or Ctrl+R, and I'm going to call this Music.

The bass and kick are on their own tracks, so we don't need to group them. And let's group the snare, hi-hats, percussion, and beat loop tracks. Again, by holding Shift and selecting, right-clicking, choosing Group Tracks. We can also use Command+G or Ctrl+G. Let's call this Snare & Perc. Let's fold the groups. Go ahead and just click the Fold button next to them. Now, I'm going to right-click on the first Locator and choose Loop to Next Locator. Next, I'm just going to click on the loop bracket, and then I'm going to go to File > Export.

Under Rendered Tracks, we're going to choose All Tracks, which is going to export all the tracks, including the tracks that are inside the groups, Return Tracks, and the Master Track. So, there might be some unnecessary files we will have to delete. Under Audio, choose your favorite format, WAV or AIFF. Sample Rate, I'm using 44100, you might be using a different Sample Rate, as well, you might be using a different Bit Depth. I'm using 24. I'm going to turn on Create Analysis Files, because, that's going to make the process of importing the song later on to our newly- created project a lot faster. Let's hit OK.

Go to the Desktop. I've created a folder called Live Show. I'm going to create another folder in it, naming the name of the song with the BPM. And name of the file, I'm going to call it the name of the Locator or the segment of the song, which is in this case is Intro. Let's hit Save. Let's go to the Finder window. And here we can find all our audio files that we've exported as well as ASD files, which are the Analysis files. Let's go and sort everything by Kind.

Scroll down, and let's choose all the unnecessary files such as Return tracks. I'm going to hold Command and select other Return, beat loop, hi-hat, perc, Samples, Snares, and Intro. So, we only remain with the default groups we exported, exactly what I wanted. We can also delete the ASD files if you want, but they did not catch too much space. So, I'm not going to delete them right now. Let's go back into Live. Now, let's export the second section. I'm going to right-click on the Locator > Loop to Next Locator, hit the loop bracket, and once again go to File and Export.

Now, I've shown you how to export one segment of the song. Of course, you need to repeat this process for each segment of the song. Export it to a folder in your hard drive and delete unnecessary files. In the next video, we'll create a new project and start building our live performance.

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