Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance
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Ableton Live 9 for Live Performance

with Yeuda Ben-Atar

Video: Using third-party controllers

Now that we've seen the APC and the Launchpad, it's time to look at few other kinds of specialized MIDI Controllers. Let's start with Keyboard MIDI controllers. (music playing) Some popular models include the M-Audio Axiom, Novation SL MkII, and the Akai MPK. Many of these include a keyboard section and a controller section with various types of controls, knobs, faders, and pads. On almost every keyboard controller we can find a modulation wheel and a pitch-bend wheel.
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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 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

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

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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.

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 third-party controllers

Now that we've seen the APC and the Launchpad, it's time to look at few other kinds of specialized MIDI Controllers. Let's start with Keyboard MIDI controllers. (music playing) Some popular models include the M-Audio Axiom, Novation SL MkII, and the Akai MPK. Many of these include a keyboard section and a controller section with various types of controls, knobs, faders, and pads. On almost every keyboard controller we can find a modulation wheel and a pitch-bend wheel.

Let me demonstrate. This is the pitch bend. (music playing) And for the modulation, I've added effects that will be turned on once I turn on the modulation. So, this is without. (music playing) And this is with. (music playing) If you're not a keyboard player, you may want to consider different kinds of controllers such as Pad controllers. (music playing) Some popular models are Native Instruments MASCHINE, Akai MPD, Korg PadKONTROL, and M-Audio Trigger Finger which is now discontinued, but you can still find them.

There are also knob controllers, fader controllers, and if you are a guitarist or other types of musician who needs to keep his hands free, you might want to consider foot controllers like the McMillen SoftStep, the Behringer FCB1010, or a simple sustain paddle from M-Audio or Yamaha. There are also tablets and smartphones which allow you to build your own interface to control Ableton Live. Popular Apps are ToudhOSC, Liine Lemur, and Beatsurfing. Next, we'll look at the controllers that are hand-built and repurposed to be used as Midi Controllers.

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