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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.
Ableton Live Suite comes with a great software instrument that cover the basic need of any computer music enthusiast. Let's take a closer look at some of these devices and their key parameters to get you going. So if a new to program like Ableton Live, a virtual instrument or software instrument is a software version of real Synth like a Minimoog or a DX7 or a Drum machine or a Sampler. And we have versions of all of thos here in Live. So for example, Analogue is a software version of a Minimoog or Oberheim style synth. Collision is a device that physical models mallet-type instruments.
Electric is an electric piano simulator to create sounds like a Fender Rhodes or a Wurlitzer. Impulse is a drum machine. Operator is an FM style synth like a DX7. Sampler is a, a full on sample device where you can either sample or play samples. And Simpler is a very simple sampler that's a one sample player. And Tension is another physical modeling device that models string style instruments.
Now Simpler and Impulse are included in all versions of Live and the others are additional purchases or included only in Ableton Live Suite. In addition to that we've got things like Instrument Racks and Drum Racks which allow you to combine multiple instruments or multiple devices into one preset. So we're going to take a look at just a couple of these. Let's start off by taking a look at impluse and I've already got one loaded on this first track, so that I can audition and I want to go ahead and record and enable that track. Impulse is a drum machine that allows you to have eight samples of different drum instruments loaded.
And I can see this indicated by these eight little squares that go across the top here. So I can select one of these slots, and then the parameters across the bottom relate to that slot. For example, if I choose the tom here, we'll see these parameters change, and as I go across, we'll see that change as well. So, on your keyboard you can find these because they're mapped starting at middle C, which is C3 (audio playing) up to C4 on all the white keys. Additionally we've got global settings over here on the right side where I've got Volume and Transposition, and those effect the entire virtual instrument.
Now in the next track, I want to go ahead and load Simpler. Now I can do that one or two ways. If I just grab the folder at the top and Drag and Drop it, that's going to load a default version. If I click the little disclosure triangle and go into one of these other sub-folders, I can eventually get down to a preset and load that. But just to really give you an idea of what Simpler's capable of, I'm going to go ahead and load a default device. And I drag that either on the track, or down here in the drop devices area. And in this case, I've loaded an empty simpler.
Now what I want to do here, is I want to load a sample into that. So I'm going to go ahead and I'm going to do a little search here for something like Snare, and then I'm going to go down into the All results or Samples area. And this is going to allow me to see samples that are available that have Snare contained in the name. And if I pull down here a little bit, I'll see something like the Ludwig snare. And I believe this one's contained in the base library, so we should all be able to load that. If not, just grab any snare that's available in your library. And I can drop that down in the sampler, and again that is now record enabled because I loaded that preset. And if I hit C3 (audio playing), that's where that sample is mapped to in its native format.
If I play above that or below that, (audio playing), you're going to actually hear the pitch change as it plays that. So C3 is where you're going to get the sound unaffected. Now across the bottom of this, we have a lot of the typical things that you're going to find in any synth like device or sampler like device. So I've got a filter that I can turn on and I can choose a filter type there. And then as I dial the frequency on that, I can actually open and close that filter and change the tone. So just for example, (music playing). So in that case, I have a low pass filter.
And as I dial that lower, you're actually hearing it cut off the higher frequencies. Now you can run the signal through this middle area which modulates either the filter or the pitch. And then over on the right-hand side here, we can set the Pan and the Volume output on this. Last, we've got over on this third track, I've got analogue, which is one of those synths that is an extra purchase or is only included in Live Suite. And this is that Analog Subtractive Synth style, virtual instrument. So this one is a two Oscillator device. Right now, oscillator 1 is enabled, oscillator 2 and then this 3rd noise oscillator are not enabled.
So the signal from this oscillator outputs in this case triangle wave and if I want to change that I can go to assign or a square or a random wave. Let's leave it on that triangle wave and then that output it through this filter. If I click that I can see the parameters that affect the filter. And let me play another one, let's hear what we get (audio playing), okay? So, the filter is closing rather quickly because of the shape of that, the envelope settings that are here. That then goes through an amplifier section, and then over here, on the right, we have a low-frequency oscillator, or LFO that I can use to control either the amp or the filter area.
So I'm going to turn that LFO on, and it's set to 0.9 hertz, and I can go in and I can see that the LFO has been turned on here. And if I click on this (audio playing), and hold the key down, you can hear that filter opening and closing as the oscillator in the LFO modulates. Now the other interesting thing we can do with this is I can actually turn this on to Sync mode and now it's going to sync at a rate of an eighth note.
(audio playing). So, we hear that open and closing very rapidly. Now, if I hold this key down and turn that parameter, we can hear that change from eighth to different rhythmic values. (audio playing). And there you hear your kind of classic Wobble Bass effect. So as you see Ableton Lives Suite comes with several software instruments. Hopefully our discussion here gives you a place to start. You can start by using the presets available in Live and then modify them to meet your needs.
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