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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training with Rick Schmunk offers a comprehensive overview of Ableton's live audio and MIDI sequencing software and the techniques required to compose, record, and edit music, in real time, on stage, or in the studio. The course includes tutorials on compiling live sets from audio and MIDI clips, loops, or samples, applying MIDI effects, warping audio, and recording and producing songs in any number of contemporary styles. Exercise files are included with the course.
Live Session view is a great place to work out ideas and build the sections of the song, but it's often easier to mix, add automation, and fine-tune a project in Arrangement view. In this video, we will use one of Live's truly innovative features, and learn how to record clips and scenes from Session view into Arrangement view. So when we enable the Global Record button on the control bar in Session view, anything that we play, any clips that we launch, any scenes that we launch, any changes that we make are recorded from Session view into Arrangement view. So in preparation for this, I have set up the sections of a song.
So I have got an intro that has two sections, and then I have got a verse, a chorus, and a breakdown section. What I'll do is start playing these in the order that they might happen in a song. Now I can do that by using my mouse and clicking on the Scene Launch buttons, but that can get a little bit messy. So what I am going to do is I am going to enable key mapping by clicking the Key button up here. And I am going to assign these Launch buttons to keys on my computer keyboard. I can do that by simply choosing the scene and then pressing the desired key on the computer keyboard.
So, I'll assign these to 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. And notice as I did that, those mappings are visible over here in the Key Mappings browser. So now I will disable the Key Mapping button. And notice that I am still in Global Record. And my quantization is set of one bar, which means that when I launch a scene, it will start at the next bar. So here goes number one. (Music playing.) Number two. (Music playing.) (Music playing.) Okay. So you can stop record by pressing your Spacebar, and now I will press my Tab key to view what we have done.
So now I will see all the sections of tune laid out. So you can see where I started by playing just the one clip and then triggering the other part of the intro and here's my verse section and chorus section and so forth. Now I can also set some locators so I know what the parts of the song are by simply setting my insert point and then coming over here and clicking the Set button. And I get a little marker up here. If I click on that and go Command+R for Mac or Ctrl+R for PC, I can name that. So that would be "Verse." Come over here and do the same thing at bar17. Click the Set button. Select that, Command+ R, and I will name that "Chorus." So you can go through out the song and set the locators for the beginning of each section of the song.
And now I can locate to those points by simply clicking on locator. If I need to start playback there, now I can hit the Spacebar. (Music playing.) So hopefully you can see how you can work out the elements of a song, and you can practice with the order of the form might be in that song, and then you can record that into Arrangement view. So the different workflows related to live session and Arrangement views offer different solutions. Now that we can combine those two views and record from Session to Arrangement view, the possibilities are endless.
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