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Imagine making digital music without having to touch or even look at your computer. The future is here with the Ableton Push, which allows you to compose melodies and basslines, make beats, arrange music, mix and master your tracks, and perform live—all from an intuitive, touch-sensitive interface. Join author and DJ Yeuda Ben-Atar, aka Side Brain, for an introduction to creating and performing music with Push.
First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.
Let's check out a couple of methods to sequence melodic sounds, or bass lines, using Draw mode, giving us yet another way to make music with the Push. The first way is to create an empty drum rack. I have an empty drum rack loaded up in Live. Let's switch to the device view. We can see it's empty. And we also have a synthesizer loaded up with a base sound can be whatever sound you like. You need to set the midi from in the base int, so the empty drum rack. If you cannot see the inputs, outputs, make sure that the inputs, outputs view selector is turned on next to the master tech.
Then focus on the empty drum rack. (NOISE). So we can choose a note and start a sequence in it. (NOISE).
Of course you can use all the functionality of the drum act sequencing like beat mode accordingly in time and fix length (SOUND). A different way is to load your instrument into the empty drum rack. So I'm going to take my bass synth and just drag it to the drum rack. Open up the chain list. Open up the inputs/outputs. And set the receive, to all notes all the way on top.
(SOUND) And now, you get the same functionality only on one track. Two ways to do the same thing If you want to keep your tones in key, try adding the Scale Media effect before the drum rack. So go to Media Effects, open up the Scale Presets, and let's for example choose the C Major. So now, all the notes that are not in C major will be corrected to notes from within the C major scale. (SOUND).
You don't have to only sequence drums in drum mode, but you can take the advantage of the full functionality of the step sequencer to sequence any type of sound that you would like.
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