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In this course, Ableton Certified Trainer Yeuda Ben-Atar demonstrates how to use Ableton Live to its fullest potential in a live performance setting. First, learn how to choose the best MIDI controller to use with Ableton Live, and how to set it up properly to be used on stage. Then dive deeper into how to use MIDI mapping to get the most out of your controllers with Live. Next, Yeuda shares a number of techniques he employs as a live performer, like using cue points, looping, scratching, applying effects, and playing samples. He then shows how to create a live set, including organizing, exporting, and adding instruments and building custom effect racks.
Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.
In this video we'll see how to use Control Surfaces Script. Control Surfaces Script are lines of code that will automatically map your controller to Ableton Live. Let's check it out. In Live, I'm going to go Live Preferences menu using Command+Comma, or Ctrl+Comma. Under the MIDI Sync tab, we're going to see the upper section of the screen which will be the Control Surface's Script. Let's search our controller from the dropdown menu. I'm using the Novation Launchpad and the Novation 25 SL MkII.
So first, let's choose the Launchpad. Let's set it up in the Input and Output, we're going to choose the Launchpad. We can already see on the Launchpad, that lights went up, and we can see a red square that indicates where we are in the bottom matrix. Let's also set up the keyboard. I'm going to scroll down and choose Remote SL, set it up in the Input and Output. If you remember from last video, we also set up the Track and the Remote. Very nice.
If you don't see your controller in the dropdown menu, you might want to check out the manufacturer website for possible download. Okay, let's see how it works. I can Launch Clips, can control Track Volume, Mute, and even Device Control. Same thing with the Launchpad, Volumes, launching other Clips, Panning.
(music playing) Nice. You can write your own scripts in Python or achieving the same functionality in Max for Live, but it does require prior knowledge. If you are using dedicated controllers for Ableton Live, you should definitely use the Control Surface's Script, since they are going to give you more options that you are not going to get with regular MIDI mapping. For our purposes, we're going to manually map the MIDI controller to Ableton Live, and we're going to start of with the Crossfader in the next video.
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