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Recording from Session view to Arrangement view

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Video: Recording from Session view to Arrangement view

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.

Recording from Session view to Arrangement view

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.

Have fun!

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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 8m 43s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      4m 30s
  3. 12m 59s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      3m 31s
    3. Optimizing performance
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 42s
    1. Understanding Session view
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Live browsers
      5m 3s
    3. Working with Live clips
      7m 57s
    4. Understanding clip properties
      7m 52s
    5. Working with Live scenes
      6m 43s
  5. 28m 16s
    1. Building Live Sets and projects
      4m 25s
    2. Learning Live file management
      4m 2s
    3. Exporting content from Live
      7m 32s
    4. Importing and exporting Live Packs
      3m 17s
    5. Searching for and auditioning clips
      4m 58s
    6. Setting up frequently accessed folders
      4m 2s
  6. 23m 3s
    1. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 51s
    2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 32s
    3. Working with alternate MIDI entry methods
      6m 49s
    4. Using multi-output virtual instruments
      5m 51s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. The MIDI Editor
      4m 49s
    2. Quantizing MIDI data
      6m 6s
    3. Advanced MIDI editing
      6m 49s
    4. Setting up groove in editing
      6m 42s
  8. 9m 18s
    1. Preparing to record
      5m 0s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 18s
  9. 22m 37s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      3m 41s
    2. Recording in Arrangement view
      3m 51s
    3. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 21s
    4. Reworking clips
      9m 44s
  10. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding Live's mixer
      12m 38s
    2. Using sends and returns
      3m 47s
    3. Building headphone cues
      3m 49s
    4. Grouping tracks
      7m 43s
  11. 43m 14s
    1. Working with effect devices
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 14s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      7m 28s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      8m 18s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 22s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      6m 56s
  12. 15m 37s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      8m 38s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      6m 59s
  13. 25m 24s
    1. Building automation patterns
      8m 44s
    2. Editing existing automation information
      5m 3s
    3. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 10s
    4. Understanding the power of clip envelopes
      7m 27s
  14. 20m 17s
    1. Understanding the basics of looping
      6m 54s
    2. Creating tracks that loop smoothly
      7m 50s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 33s
  15. 17m 47s
    1. Using the computer keyboard to control Live
      6m 39s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      4m 36s
    3. Using Live's instant mapping feature
      6m 32s
  16. 10m 44s
    1. Exporting audio
      5m 37s
    2. Freezing tracks
      5m 7s
  17. 20m 45s
    1. Building with the Impulse virtual instrument
      11m 35s
    2. Working with the Simpler virtual instrument
      9m 10s
  18. 36m 22s
    1. Overview of Live racks
      10m 13s
    2. Combining instruments and effects into a single device
      8m 22s
    3. Adding effects with Drum Rack
      11m 28s
    4. Assigning rack parameters to macros
      6m 19s
  19. 13m 53s
    1. Setting up ReWire with Pro Tools
      7m 3s
    2. Setting up ReWire with Logic
      6m 50s
  20. 33m 43s
    1. Preparing audio clips with the Warp tool
      14m 31s
    2. Triggering clips using follow actions
      8m 9s
    3. Using Live as a sound source
      11m 3s
  21. 7m 21s
    1. Working with video files
      7m 21s
  22. 37s
    1. Further Recommendations
      37s

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