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Using the Looper audio effect

From: Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

Video: Using the Looper audio effect

One of the most unique effects in Ableton Live is the Looper Audio Effect. You can use the Looper to create music in real time. This technique is called Live Looping. Live Looping is creating and then layering loop in real time, let me show you. (music playing) Nice. Let's take a look at how to do that in Ableton Live.

Using the Looper audio effect

One of the most unique effects in Ableton Live is the Looper Audio Effect. You can use the Looper to create music in real time. This technique is called Live Looping. Live Looping is creating and then layering loop in real time, let me show you. (music playing) Nice. Let's take a look at how to do that in Ableton Live.

So in Live, I set up an Instrument rack just like we did in previous videos. I have added all my instruments into different chains and set up the different instruments in each chain, and mapped the chain selector to my MIDI keyboard, so every time I hit the pad, it changed an instrument. I have also mapped the Macro and the Looper, we'll check it out in a second, but before that, I routed the instrument rack to the Looper, as you can see here, Audio To > Looper.

Let's go check out the Looper. So to use the Looper, you need to create a new audio track using Command+T or Ctrl+T, go into Audio Effects, and drag in and drop in the Looper. The Looper device would allow us to do live looping by the recording, hitting the big record button, and over-dubbing by hitting the record button again. The Looper can set the tempo or follow the song's tempo, whatever your most comfortable choice is. You can record a variable amount of bars, which means the first loop that you will record will set the amount of bars, or you can set a predetermined amounts of bars.

In my case, I'll choose 4 bars. After you record everything, you can speed it up or slow it down, you can reverse it. If we go back to my Looper which I used, you can see here all the recording I did. After we finish the recording, we can just drag it to a new audio track, and we have it as an audio which is amazing, we have all our performance. Live looping is really easy and inspiring in a way, not only to perform but also to try out new ideas quickly and easily. Try it out sometimes, you might come up with something you didn't expect.

Of course, I use only MIDI instruments, but you can use audio as well, by just opening in a new audio track, routing it to the Looper, and setting the track to record using this button right here. If you want to use MIDI and audio, simply map the recording buttons of each track by going to the MIDI map, Command+M or Ctrl+M and mapping those button, you can see all the map one in my performance, we can map the audio, if you want to also record audio.

After setting up your Live set, it's time for a live performance, it's always a good idea to record your live performance. In Live, it's very easy to record your performance into the arrangement view, and by doing so, you got to have your entire performance as an Ableton Live set. Well, later on you can go back and fix mistakes, mix your song, and then export to audio.

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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

39 video lessons · 5665 viewers

Yeuda Ben-Atar
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  1. 3m 29s
    1. Welcome
      1m 48s
    2. What you should know before watching this course
      58s
    3. Using the Live Pack exercise files
      43s
  2. 7m 5s
    1. Choosing the right controller
      49s
    2. Using controllers designed specifically for Ableton Live
      2m 20s
    3. Using third-party controllers
      1m 49s
    4. Utilizing alternative and DIY controllers
      2m 7s
  3. 19m 35s
    1. Choosing songs for a DJ set
      5m 20s
    2. Importing songs into Ableton Live
      3m 41s
    3. Building your decks
      2m 32s
    4. Using EQ and gain to emulate a hardware DJ mixer
      2m 56s
    5. Quantizing with the Global Quantization Engine
      1m 54s
    6. Deciding whether or not to use headphones
      3m 12s
  4. 17m 35s
    1. Setting up MIDI controllers in the preferences
      4m 2s
    2. Understanding control surface scripts
      2m 19s
    3. Mapping the crossfader
      2m 30s
    4. Mapping EQ and gain
      3m 28s
    5. Understanding scenes, scrolling, and launch features
      5m 16s
  5. 34m 1s
    1. Creating cue points
      4m 34s
    2. Looping using Beat Repeat
      7m 17s
    3. Building a custom audio effect rack
      8m 58s
    4. Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples
      6m 15s
    5. Scratching
      6m 57s
  6. 21m 54s
    1. Organizing your tracks
      4m 48s
    2. Creating a new set
      3m 40s
    3. Adding instruments and samplers
      4m 40s
    4. Setting up multiple instruments on one track
      5m 32s
    5. Using the Scale MIDI effect to play in key
      3m 14s
  7. 17m 23s
    1. Creating a bus track for master effects
      3m 1s
    2. Using dummy clips
      3m 39s
    3. Using unlinked clip envelopes
      4m 24s
    4. Creating momentary effects
      3m 37s
    5. Using return tracks for time-based effects
      2m 42s
  8. 18m 50s
    1. Syncing via MIDI to perform with other musicians
      1m 53s
    2. Creating and routing a click track
      3m 1s
    3. Using Follow Actions
      3m 58s
    4. Using the Looper audio effect
      4m 27s
    5. Recording your live performance
      5m 31s
  9. 45s
    1. What's next?
      45s

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