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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.
In the last movie, we began an in-depth look at Live's browser. Let's continue and take a look at how to search the browser, and audition clips and devices. So the search area is found at the top of the browser, and you can either click in that field to start a search, or you can use the key command, Cmd+F or Ctrl+F on a PC to move your cursor into the search area. So I'll click in there. And let's try something simple to start so I'll try Snare. And I don't see any returns there. And that's because of the category that I've selected. So I might find something in the Drums area.
Yeah, it looks like it's taken me in there and there's a folder in there called Drum Hits with another folder called Snare in there. And I know if I come down in the All Results area that I'll see results. So the All Results option only shows up when you're making a search. And you're seeing anything that is located in any one of the categories. And if I look over here I can see that I've got a .AIF file. That's an audio file. And I'm also seeing that information in the type column. Now remember you can change columns, what's available here, by simply right clicking up here in the bar at the top.
And choosing one of the extra columns that are available. And you can have one extra column in addition to the name column at a time. I'm going to leave the type back up there. And let's try some other searches. So, for example, I might try something like Beat or Drums. Let's try Beat. And again, I've got a lot of different kinds of results here. First of all, I've got audio files, denoted by the .AIF. I've also got clips, that's by the .ALC, and the type clip here. And I can also see the icon that's over here on the left side.
I've got some kind of a device here, and I know that by the icon that's on the left-hand side. Let's see what else we have here. Looks like that's about it. Oh, I've got a Rack Preset down here. So, in this case, I've got multiple devices. And that would be a couple of audio effects. Or a MIDI effect and an audio effect included with the Softsynth, but it's some kind of collection of devices that have been grouped together to form what's called a Rack in Ableton Live. Let's try another search, let's go Pad, and again, that shows me a lot of different things.
I can limit that by going to the sounds category, or the instruments category. Let's try that. So, this is showing me folders where there is either a sub-folder or a device or Preset that's in that folder. So, obviously we got Pad because that folder's named Pad. But if I go inside that, then again, we see that there are a bunch of Presets in this case that have Pad as part of the name. So, what else do we see here? Well, we see that we've got .adv and that is a Ableton device. Let me see if I can bring that up again by bringing the type column back. So, we can see that that's a device Preset and that's a single device. So, that could be a Softsynth or a single audio effect or single MIDI effect. Down here a little bit lower, I see a similar icon but now it's got a line down the middle and that's got a .adg and again that's a Rack Preset that includes at least one Softsynth.
And a audio effect or a MIDI effect or something else. So, when you want to audition these things, you can simply click them. And if the Audition button is enabled, we should hear that immediately. (audio playing) Now you can stop that from playing back by pressing your spacebar. And we can control the level of preview, by dialing the level over here on this button. And this has got a couple of different uses. It can be used as Headphone Cue level adjustment. And it can be used as your Preview adjustment.
And right now it's set for Preview. So if we do a search on something like beat or drums again. I just want to show you that any of the results that we get, let me click All Results. Now if I play this back, it's actually going to play at the tempo of the session. Okay, so Ableton made several changes to the browser with Ableton Live 9. And it's helped to make finding an auditioning clips and devices an intuitive process. Understanding the difference between the different file types that you'll see in the browser is important.
So, take a minute to review the items that we've discussed here including clips, audio files, devices and device groups.
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