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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.
In this video we'll see how to use Live's Global Quantization Engine. Quantization is an automatic alignment function that allows us to correct human timing error according to a musical grid. If we go into Ableton Live and turn off the Global Quantization Engine using this dropdown menu and choose None, I'm going to launch a clip by hitting the Play button next to the clip, and then I'm going to launch the second clip in the same track and see what happens. (music playing) Let's also hit the Stop button. As you can hear everything happens instantly.
If we change the Global Quantization Engine to, let's say 1 bar and launch the clips again, see what happens. (music playing) So as you can see, everything that I do in the session view, which is launching clips, stopping clips, and starting recording clips will be quantized according to the Global Quantization Engine, which right now is set to 1 Bar. Let's change it to 16th note, just to see how it sounds.
I am going to do the same thing just launching both clips and then stopping them. (music playing) So we can everything happens much more instantly but still being corrected by the Global Quantization Engine to the next 16th note. Why should we use the Global Quantization Engine? Well, it allows us to be always on time and think about other things, maybe take our DJ set to the next level. But if you don't want to use the Global Quantization Engine, you can set it to None and then mix the old school way, by just beat matching the two decks using headphones.
In the next video I'll show you how to use headphones and why not to use headphones if you're going to use the Global Quantization Engine.
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