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Searching for and auditioning clips


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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Searching for and auditioning clips

In the last video, we began an in-depth look at the Live browsers. In this video, we'll continue the process and learn how to search the browsers, audition clips, and navigate the browsers using keystrokes and shortcuts. In the past videos, we navigated the browsers by simply clicking on the disclosure triangles and getting down to where we wanted to go, until we finally got to a preset or a clip. There is a lot faster way to do that, and that is using your right and left up and down arrows. So to go up and down through your folders, you can simply use your up and down arrows.
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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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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training
7h 20m Beginner Dec 10, 2010

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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.

Topics include:
  • Putting together a DAW system
  • Setting up Ableton preferences
  • Importing and exporting content
  • Recording MIDI
  • Editing and quantizing MIDI data
  • Recording audio
  • Recording in Arrangement view
  • Using sends and returns in the Live Mixer
  • Grouping tracks
  • Signal processing
  • Creating and editing automation envelopes
  • Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
  • Looping and warping audio clips
  • Mapping device controls to a MIDI keyboard
  • Working with virtual instruments
  • Integrating Live with Pro Tools and Logic
Subjects:
Audio + Music DAWs
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Rick Schmunk

Searching for and auditioning clips

In the last video, we began an in-depth look at the Live browsers. In this video, we'll continue the process and learn how to search the browsers, audition clips, and navigate the browsers using keystrokes and shortcuts. In the past videos, we navigated the browsers by simply clicking on the disclosure triangles and getting down to where we wanted to go, until we finally got to a preset or a clip. There is a lot faster way to do that, and that is using your right and left up and down arrows. So to go up and down through your folders, you can simply use your up and down arrows.

To enter a folder, use your right arrow and down arrow go into another folder and right arrow to enter that one. Down. Right arrow. If you want to close a folder, you can simply use your left arrow and left arrow again to go up a level. Left arrow to close that one. Left arrow to go up again. So, while we're here in Live Devices area, I'm want to go down into, let's say Impulse, and into the Electronic category, because while we're here, I want to point out a few things. We see a lot of different kinds of files and clips and other kinds of assets here in the browser, and sometimes it's kind of difficult to figure out what they actually are.

So currently, this Artefact Delirium Device preset that I've chosen--that used to be in the past defined by the .ADV extension. In this newer version, we're starting to see more information in that Type column, but that device preset is a preset that contains no clip. Down below that, we see something else that's similar to that, and that's a Rack preset. And in this case, this is a combination of either multiple virtual instruments or a virtual instrument plus a MIDI preset or an analog device preset all combined into one preset.

So I'm going to drop down here, I'm going click on one of the file browsers, and I'm going to search for a file. I'm going to do that by clicking on the Search button up here. I'm going to go ahead and type in "bass wav" because I know some stuff is out there by that name, and hit the return key and start that. And you will notice that I see the progress of the search. Now, if I won't stop it, I can click the Stop button. When the search finishes, that Stop button turns into a Go button. Now I can select one of the files here, and if I want to audition that, I can come down and click the Preview button, or I can simply press the right arrow key.

(Music playing.) Now I can stop playback by pressing the Spacebar on the keyboard, or I can press the down or up arrows. Come down here with down arrow and select the bass wav now right arrow to audition. Down arrow to go to the next one, or I could have gone up arrow. So you can see how you can quickly navigate through a bunch of files and folders and audition your presets and clips by simply doing down arrow, right arrow, down arrow, right arrow, and so on and so forth.

I want you to notice that when I was doing that, when I got to CompBass.wav, it was pretty loud, and you can adjust the preview volume by coming over here and grabbing your Volume knob here and turning that up or down as the case may be. So let's do another search. I'm going to look for one of my favorite drum presets: Eckhoes. And that opens up, and we see a couple different things here. First of all, I see a folder, and I can go into that by using my right arrow again or clicking that triangle, and inside that I see a folder. Now that MIDI track folder is going contain multiple MIDI clip presets.

So I'll enter that one, and now I can see that I've got these multiple clips and I can audition them again by pressing my right arrow. Now, it's taking little bit time because it had to load the MIDI device it's going to actually play that particular MIDI clip. So let me go down a level and I'll audition that one. (Music playing.) Now one really useful thing is that we can audition clips at the session tempo while were actually playing back clips over here in Session view.

So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to launch this clip on the All Purpose track, and I've got that turned down, and I'll turned back up the preview, so we can actually hear that clip. (Music playing.) Okay now I will select the clip I want a preview, and right arrow. And pressing Spacebar again will stop both of those from playing. Now that's really cool because this MIDI clip is actually at 130 BPM natively, but the session is at 120, and it's playing back 120, and I was able to audition that file at the session tempo.

So knowing how to navigate the browsers to find clips and presets will make your workflow much faster and help you to spend more time creating music.

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Q: Can I use Ableton Live Lite to work through this course?
A: For the most part, yes. However, there are a few limitations. For example, there are some drum sounds that won’t work with the Lite version. Lite also has a limited track count, which may cause problems with some of the larger Live Sets in the course. If you do not have the full version of Ableton Live, you can download a demo of Ableton Live Suite (http://www.ableton.com/download-suite-trial), which will run for 30 days. This will allow you to do everything in the course, and get a look at what the full version can do at the same time.
 
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