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Preparing to record MIDI

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Video: Preparing to record MIDI

Before recording midi, you'll want to check the midi connections with your keyboard, load a sound and set a tempo. So let's walk through those steps. I want to make sure that I've got signal from my midi keyboard. If I press a key on my midi keyboard, I should see this button in the upper right hand corner of Ableton light up. So let me press a key here. That's looking good. Now if yours is not responding as mine is, you'll want to go into preferences which on a Mac, is in the Live menu. Preferences, that'd be on the Options menu on a PC. And select the Midi Sync tab. And make sure that the button under the track column is enabled for your device. That allows you to send and receive midi messages.

Preparing to record MIDI

Before recording midi, you'll want to check the midi connections with your keyboard, load a sound and set a tempo. So let's walk through those steps. I want to make sure that I've got signal from my midi keyboard. If I press a key on my midi keyboard, I should see this button in the upper right hand corner of Ableton light up. So let me press a key here. That's looking good. Now if yours is not responding as mine is, you'll want to go into preferences which on a Mac, is in the Live menu. Preferences, that'd be on the Options menu on a PC. And select the Midi Sync tab. And make sure that the button under the track column is enabled for your device. That allows you to send and receive midi messages.

Okay let's close out of there. Now we can load a preset or device to this track, by going over into our browser. I've got the sound category chosen. And I'm going to go into the pad category and come down here and just grab something like, the snow-pad. And I'm going to drop that on an, an available midi track. I can also drop it over here in the drop files area, or if I've got a midi track selected, I can also drop it down here in the instrument area. And that will load that, and if I press a key on my keyboard I should hear sound.

(audio playing). So that's working. Now, let me just point out a couple of things, Live automatically defaults to having all inputs set here, in the Midi Input Choser. So, the first button here is actually for the device that midi signal is coming through. And if you choose All Devices or All Instruments, it will allow any midi signal that's reaching the system to come on to this track. If I click on that, you can see that there are some other options here. It looks like I've got an external midi input on my keyboard that I could of chosen.

And there's some other options here. But the only reason that you would really worry about this is if you were trying to record two midi tracks at the same time. And you were trying to use two different midi controllers. For example a drum machine and a keyboard. In this case, I'm only trying to record on to one track, so I don't really care where the midi signal's coming from, as long as it gets there. The second chooser here, allows us to choose a specific midi channel and if I click that, you can see that I've got channels 1 through 16. Again, I'm only trying to record one signal.

So I really don't care what channel it's arriving on, any channel is good enough. So, I'll choose All Channels. Now, in monitoring this particular set, as soon as I drop the preset on the track, you'll notice that the track was record enabled, and we were able to hear sound. Now at a later point, the track might be disabled. And if I play the keyboard, I don't hear anything. I saw the midi signal, but I didn't hear anything. So I can either re-enable the record button on the track or I can go up into the monitor section and I can change the option there.

So currently, we're in auto-monitoring, which is going to allow me to monitor signal from any clips that are on the track. So if I click a launch button and play a clip, we'll hear sound. If I want to hear the input of a synth without being in record enable, I need to click the In button to go into input monitoring, which is going to allow me to hear signal from a midi controller, that is sending midi signal onto the track and through the virtual instrument that's loaded on the track. On an audio track, if we go into input monitoring, we'll be able to hear audio signal from a microphone that's plugged into your interface, without being in record enable. And then off allows us to just turn, the track off for monitoring and not here anything.

In most cases though, you just need to be in auto, and make sure that you're record enabled. I'll go ahead and check that real quick. (music playing) Okay I've got sound again. And as your working, if you were not seeing the midi inputs and outputs in the monitor section as I was showing you that, remember that you can enable that area by clicking on the Show Hide button for the I/O over there. And you can see that that closes and opens that particular area of the session view. So at this point I might want to set a tempo that I'm going to record at. Maybe the song is going to be at 145.47. That's an exact tempo, but I might not be able to play that fast, so I'm going to click up in that area and I can either scroll up or down to set the tempo. Or, I can type a value.

I'm going to go all the way down to a 100 bpm, because I'm kind of a mediocre keyboard player. Another way you could set that tempo would be to click on the Tab button over here. And as you click it successively, Live will measure the distance between your tabs and set the temple accordingly. So for example, see that adjusting the tempo. I can also set the meter by clicking in this field. But I'm also going to want to set the metronome to play. So I'll enable the metronome button. And then I'm going to want to enable a count off. So let me click here, and looks like it's currently set at one bar and that can also be set at two or four bars or at nothing.

So, as you can see there are several steps to preparing to record midi and if you encounter problems you can troubleshoot through the steps we just discussed.

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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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