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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.
A large part of successfully using an application is being familiar and comfortable with the software interface. So before we dig deeper into the program, let's take a look at the main components of Live Session View window. So let's start with over here on the left hand side. This first area here that I'm pointing out. This is called Lives' browser. And this is the area where you can choose your devices. Or samples, or sounds, or loops. You can also navigate your hard drive to find things. Now you'll notice that as I've been moving my mouse, down the lower left-hand corner you see words appear here. Now this is called, Info View and this is really helpful. Anything you point your mouse at, will have some kind of material down here in Info View that tells you what it actually is.
As we're doing this I just want to show you, also, that you can close and hide things. So I can close Info View by clicking on that triangle. And I can close the browser and reopen it by clicking on that triangle. Now across the top we have what's referred to as the Control Bar in Live. So this area over here has a lot to do with the tempo and meter of a song and whether you want to count off things like that. In the middle here we have transport controls like play, stop and record. As I move to the right there's controls for over dubbing, for example if you want to punch in and fix an area for performance and then punch back out without recording over other things and then over on the right to have controls for.
Mapping for example, if I want to map my keyboard on my computer or my MIDI control to control some device in Live, I can do that through these buttons, and then over here I've got indicators for system performance like your CPU overload, and your disc overload and MIDI input and output indicator. Now here on the right-hand side. We have what's called the Help View, and this can be opened and closed from the View menu, but this is also very helpful in that if you click on any one of these areas, there are tutorials or information about that. For example if I scroll all the way down to the bottom, we'll see that there are tutorials on how to set up your audio interfaces and your MIDI controllers And then there's also just a bunch of built-in lessons, so if I click that, you'll go into menu.
Let's say we want to learn how to create beats. So I'll click that one. And you can read this. You'll notice that there's a scroll bar that you can pull down to see the rest of that. And then this actually has nine pages in this one, so I can click the next page button. To go through this lesson. In some cases there will even be a session or Live set to download that you can work with along with the lesson. So, this is really helpful. Across the bottom here, we have what's called Details view and this shows information related to whatever clip is selected.
So for example, if I come up and click this on this track here. That clip. I'll see the MIDI notes that are actually recorded on that track as part of that clip and then if I click this little button here, this will actually show me the device that's actually taking those MIDI signals and turning them into sound. And you can flip back and forth between those two views by clicking these buttons or if you want to close that entirely, again you can click this little triangle to get that out of the way. So you can see more information on the track. Now, this area in the middle. This is the heart of Session view.
So vertically, we have tracks. And down at the bottom, we have mixer controls, like your fader and pan nob. And your track activator or mute button. Over on the right-hand side, we actually have the master track where all the audio flows through. And then most importantly over here on the lower right corner of the master track. We have Show Hide buttons. That will actually reveal or hide areas of this part of the window. So if I click on the aisle button. We now see the track inputs and outputs. I can hide that if I click on the S button.
I'm actually going to see the sends and on. We would have the buttons for return, the mixer, delay settings and the cross fader as part of that. So, above the mixture area on the tracks, we see these little rectangles, that are actually called clips. And a clip can hold a bit of MIDI or audio, and I can play those individually by clicking the Clip Launch Button on the left-hand side of the clip. Let me just do this one, I want to show you. (music playing) And I stop that by clicking on the Clip Stop Button on another clip slot on that track. Now, I can fire off an entire row, by going over here on the master track and clicking a scene launch button.
Let's do that. (music playing) So that time I stopped playback by hitting the spacebar on my keyboard. Now note when I did that, you'll notice that all of these clips still have focus, and I know that because of the launch buttons that are lit in green. So if I click the spacebar again, I'm actually going to launch those clips, and actually, the whole scene. Now, I can lose focus on those scenes by clicking the all clip stop button down here at the bottom on the master track. So now that we're familiar with the different areas of the Session View window.
And where some of the most frequently used buttons are located, we're ready to begin working with live clips and scenes.
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