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Recording and overdubbing MIDI

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Video: Recording and overdubbing MIDI

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.

Recording and overdubbing MIDI

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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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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