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Create music in real time, on stage, or while producing in the studio, with Ableton Live. In this course, music professor Rick Schmunk shows you how to compose, record, remix, improvise, produce, and edit your musical ideas. Along the way, get familiar with the Live interface, work with its views for recording and editing audio and MIDI, and explore its unique real-time recording and mixing capabilities. Plus, learn real-world production skills that can be applied to songwriting, studio production, and DJing. The final chapters offer an inside look at features added in Live 9, such as new Instrument Racks containing over 3,000 production-ready sounds, and Max for Live, a toolkit for building custom devices.
Getting ready to record MIDI is the hard part. Now that we have a routine established to take us through the process, let's make a video recording and learn how to use Live's MIDI Overdub function. So, I'm going to start by loading an instrument onto this first default MIDI track. So, let me click the Instruments category, and I'll just drop down to Impulse and grab this first preset, and I'll load that by dragging it onto the track. Or down into this drop instrument or sample area. So, as soon as I loaded that, notice that the track became record enabled, and the clip Stop buttons turned into Record buttons.
So, let me check to see if I've got signal by pressing a key on my keyboard. And if you'll remember, that first slot on the impulse drum machine there is mapped to c3 or middle c, okay? So, I've got sound. Next, I'll go up and enable the Metronome button so that I've got a time reference. I'm going to check to make sure that I've got a count in enabled by clicking on that little drop down menu. And it looks like I've got that set to one bar, which should be enough. So, I'll click out of there.
Now, all I need to do to go into Record is click the Record button on one of these clip slots. I'll just choose the first one. We should hear a four beat count in and then I'll start playing. (audio playing) Okay? So, if we look down here on the Clip Overlay button. You'll notice that it looks like I've got some MIDI, so I'll choose that. I can see some of the MIDI notes there.
And it's a little bit off the screen, so I'm going to come over here on the left and I'm going to pull up so I can see that the kick across the bottom. And I also noticed that I didn't stop record. And by the way, I did that by pressing the spacebar. But the clip is actually almost six bars long, and I only played four bars. So, I'm going to grab the clip inpoints here and I'm going to drag those over and snap those on the grid, at the end of bar four. So, I've just got a kick and snare part. And it's likely that you're going to want to have more than that. So, I'm going to overdub an additional part on top of this. I can do that by selecting a clip, track is in record, and then coming up here and clicking the Session Record button.
So, that's going to allow me to add notes to an existing clip without wiping out what was there before. So, here we go. (music playing) So, you can see how you can build a part up one instrument at a time. Now, we can also do this on the fly without actually having to start and stop. So, let me do that on the second track. So, I'm going to grab the same preset.
I'm going to load that onto a clip over here in the second track. And to make sure that I don't hear playback on the first track, I'm actually going to disable the playback by clicking on the Track Activator or Mute button. I'm going to insert an empty MIDI clip on one of the clip slots here, so I'll choose that, and then I'm going to Right-click and choose Insert MIDI Clip. You can also use the key command Shift+Cmd+M or Shift+Ctrl+M on a PC. And when this comes in, notice that it's just one bar in length. I actually want to record into two bars, so I'm going to clip the loop brace up here at the top, select that, and go Cmd+D to duplicate that.
And it'll just duplicate whatever the current length is. So, now I've got a two bar MIDI clip to record into. So, what I'm going to do here then is click the Session Record button. And then, I'm going to play this in one part at a time. And I know that if you make a mistake while you do this, while it's running, you can use the undo function, Cmd+Z or Ctrl+Z on a PC. And undo the last thing, and then just wait for it to loop back around. Play it in again. So, let's give this a shot. (music playing) Okay, so I stop that by pressing the spacebar again.
And now I can take that track out of record, and I'm ready to move onto the next thing. So, now that you know how to record an overdub record MIDI in Session view, you're ready to begin recording different parts of your songs.
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