Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples


From:

Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

with Yeuda Ben-Atar

Start your free trial now, and begin learning software, business and creative skills—anytime, anywhere—with video instruction from recognized industry experts.

Start Your Free Trial Now

Video: Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples

To add even more character and creativity to your DJ set, I'd like to show you how to use samplers. A sampler is a tool that allows you to play back any short or long audio files that you might have on your computer. This might be vocal samples, music samples, special effects, or even instruments. Most samplers give us the feature such as ability to change pitch, change length, looping, adding affects such as filters, and using synthesis tools such as Envelopes and low frequency oscillators, or LFO, for modulation.
Expand all | Collapse all
  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 55s
    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 33s
    5. Using the Scale MIDI effect to play in key
      3m 14s
  7. 17m 33s
    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 47s
    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

please wait ...
Watch the Online Video Course Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance
2h 20m Intermediate Mar 05, 2013

Viewers: in countries Watching now:

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.

Topics include:
  • Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
  • Choosing songs for a DJ set
  • Building your decks
  • Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
  • Knowing when to use headphones
  • Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
  • Scratching
  • Looping with Beat Repeat
  • Setting up multiple instruments on one track
  • Creating a bus track for master effects
  • Preparing your original productions for the stage
  • Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
  • Live looping and live sample cutting
  • Recording your live performance
Subject:
Audio + Music
Software:
Ableton Live
Author:
Yeuda Ben-Atar

Using the drum rack to play one-shot samples

To add even more character and creativity to your DJ set, I'd like to show you how to use samplers. A sampler is a tool that allows you to play back any short or long audio files that you might have on your computer. This might be vocal samples, music samples, special effects, or even instruments. Most samplers give us the feature such as ability to change pitch, change length, looping, adding affects such as filters, and using synthesis tools such as Envelopes and low frequency oscillators, or LFO, for modulation.

While there is a place for third-party hardware or software samplers, Ableton Live samplers are very powerful and CPU efficient, because they're built in. Let's see how to use them. As you can tell, I also added colors to Audio Effect Rack just to keep everything nice and neat, and it also helps in scenarios where you play in the dark space like clubs and parties. First, we need to do is to add a new track, in this case it's a MIDI track, because we're going to use instruments and not audio files.

So let's go to Create and choose Insert MIDI Track, or Shift+Command+T or Shift+Ctrl+T. Nice. Next, let's go to our browser, under Instruments let's choose the Drum Rack, I'm just going to drag and drop onto a newly created MIDI track, we can see it on the bottom. This is the pad view of the drum rack. Each pad correspond to a key on our keyboard, we have C1, C#1, D1, and so on. Let's make sure that a track is armed with this button right here, and if I play the keyboard, you can see the drum rack correspond to our keyboard playing, very cool.

Now all we need to do is just drop audio files onto the pads, so let's go to our browser again, let's scroll down Exercise File > Sample > Processed > Crop, and I'm going to choose Slice 2 to 5. I can just drag and drop them one by one , or I can choose multiple samples by just holding Shift and selecting, let's drag all of them. Now once again, I need to make sure the track is armed using this button right here, and I can play the samples using my keyboard.

(music playing) Very cool. As you can hear that samples that I cut from an old soul song. You can use whatever samples you want, once again, vocal samples, music, special effects, or whatever comes to mind. If we double-click on one of the samples, and we see something that's similar to the Audio Effect Rack we saw in the last video, but in this case, it's an instrument rack, which can also consist of instruments and not only effects. In this case we're using simpler, which is one of Live's two samplers, which is called Sampler and Simpler.

Into simpler we can change the pitch, we can change the volume, we can change the start of the loop, the end of the loop, add filters, and so on. Let's check out how it sounds. So you can see we already have map for vocal controls for the Pitch, Volume, Filter, Sample Start, and Release. This is the default preset for dropping samples into the drum rack. You can make your own presets, but we're not going to cover it in this course. So if I play a sample. (music playing) I can change the pitch. (music playing) I'm going to hit Delete to return to a default state.

I could change the Gain, I can add Filter, and I can change the Sample Start, very cool. If I played a sample consecutively, we can hear it plays up to three times, and I don't want that. We can change that by going to Voices, and we see 3, we can change that to 1, and now it only plays 1, very cool. Let's change them to the other samples.

(music playing) Nice. (music playing) Very cool. (music playing) Awesome. We can also change the Release time of the sample, which we can see it's marked with a green dot, which means it's mapped to macro control, so let's go to macro control marked with the Release, and now if we change that, we take the Release all the way down the sample will cut itself once we release the note. (music playing) And to give us more control over playing the sample, let's see how it sounds when I play a song.

(music playing) Change the Release on all of them just to have more control. (music playing) Very cool. Of course, you can add as many samples as you want, up to 127, and you don't have only this octave, which you can see it goes up to C2, we started at C1, you can also take the sidebar and scroll up for more slots and scroll down for even more.

If you don't want to be worried about arming the track in your Live Show, and you know you're going to use the samples every time, you can open up the inputs/outputs using this View Selector right here, and setting the Monitor to In, which will input any note that comes in. So now we don't need to worry about arming the track, we still can play anytime we want, and that will come really useful when we start adding more MIDI tracks, or we want to record audio into our Live Set. In the next video we'll see how to use the Drum Racks to emulate a scratching sound in Ableton Live.

There are currently no FAQs about Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance.

 
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ .

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now Already a member? Log in

* Estimated file size

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member ?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferences from the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Learn more, save more. Upgrade today!

Get our Annual Premium Membership at our best savings yet.

Upgrade to our Annual Premium Membership today and get even more value from your lynda.com subscription:

“In a way, I feel like you are rooting for me. Like you are really invested in my experience, and want me to get as much out of these courses as possible this is the best place to start on your journey to learning new material.”— Nadine H.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.