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Working with Live browsers

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

with Rick Schmunk

Video: Working with Live browsers

Working with Live browsers provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Rick Schmunk as part of the Ableton Live 8 Essential Training
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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
    2. Using the exercise files
  2. 8m 43s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      4m 30s
  3. 12m 59s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      3m 31s
    3. Optimizing performance
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 42s
    1. Understanding Session view
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Live browsers
      5m 3s
    3. Working with Live clips
      7m 57s
    4. Understanding clip properties
      7m 52s
    5. Working with Live scenes
      6m 43s
  5. 28m 16s
    1. Building Live Sets and projects
      4m 25s
    2. Learning Live file management
      4m 2s
    3. Exporting content from Live
      7m 32s
    4. Importing and exporting Live Packs
      3m 17s
    5. Searching for and auditioning clips
      4m 58s
    6. Setting up frequently accessed folders
      4m 2s
  6. 23m 3s
    1. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 51s
    2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 32s
    3. Working with alternate MIDI entry methods
      6m 49s
    4. Using multi-output virtual instruments
      5m 51s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. The MIDI Editor
      4m 49s
    2. Quantizing MIDI data
      6m 6s
    3. Advanced MIDI editing
      6m 49s
    4. Setting up groove in editing
      6m 42s
  8. 9m 18s
    1. Preparing to record
      5m 0s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 18s
  9. 22m 37s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      3m 41s
    2. Recording in Arrangement view
      3m 51s
    3. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 21s
    4. Reworking clips
      9m 44s
  10. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding Live's mixer
      12m 38s
    2. Using sends and returns
      3m 47s
    3. Building headphone cues
      3m 49s
    4. Grouping tracks
      7m 43s
  11. 43m 14s
    1. Working with effect devices
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 14s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      7m 28s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      8m 18s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 22s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      6m 56s
  12. 15m 37s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      8m 38s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      6m 59s
  13. 25m 22s
    1. Building automation patterns
      8m 44s
    2. Editing existing automation information
      5m 2s
    3. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 10s
    4. Understanding the power of clip envelopes
      7m 26s
  14. 20m 17s
    1. Understanding the basics of looping
      6m 54s
    2. Creating tracks that loop smoothly
      7m 50s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 33s
  15. 17m 47s
    1. Using the computer keyboard to control Live
      6m 39s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      4m 36s
    3. Using Live's instant mapping feature
      6m 32s
  16. 10m 43s
    1. Exporting audio
      5m 37s
    2. Freezing tracks
      5m 6s
  17. 20m 45s
    1. Building with the Impulse virtual instrument
      11m 35s
    2. Working with the Simpler virtual instrument
      9m 10s
  18. 36m 22s
    1. Overview of Live racks
      10m 13s
    2. Combining instruments and effects into a single device
      8m 22s
    3. Adding effects with Drum Rack
      11m 28s
    4. Assigning rack parameters to macros
      6m 19s
  19. 13m 53s
    1. Setting up ReWire with Pro Tools
      7m 3s
    2. Setting up ReWire with Logic
      6m 50s
  20. 33m 43s
    1. Preparing audio clips with the Warp tool
      14m 31s
    2. Triggering clips using follow actions
      8m 9s
    3. Using Live as a sound source
      11m 3s
  21. 7m 21s
    1. Working with video files
      7m 21s
  22. 37s
    1. Further Recommendations

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Working with Live browsers
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Working with Live browsers provides you with in-depth training on Audio + Music. Taught by Rick Schmunk as part of the Ableton Live 8 Essential Training

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Ableton Live 8 Essential Training with Rick Schmunk offers a comprehensive overview of Ableton's live audio and MIDI sequencing software and the techniques required to compose, record, and edit music, in real time, on stage, or in the studio. The course includes tutorials on compiling live sets from audio and MIDI clips, loops, or samples, applying MIDI effects, warping audio, and recording and producing songs in any number of contemporary styles. Exercise files are included with the course.

Topics include:
  • Putting together a DAW system
  • Setting up Ableton preferences
  • Importing and exporting content
  • Recording MIDI
  • Editing and quantizing MIDI data
  • Recording audio
  • Recording in Arrangement view
  • Using sends and returns in the Live Mixer
  • Grouping tracks
  • Signal processing
  • Creating and editing automation envelopes
  • Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
  • Looping and warping audio clips
  • Mapping device controls to a MIDI keyboard
  • Working with virtual instruments
  • Integrating Live with Pro Tools and Logic
Audio + Music
Ableton Live

Working with Live browsers

Live's virtual instruments, effects, and clips are most easily accessed through Live's browsers. In this video, we'll take a first look at the different browsers and how to preview clips. And the browser is located up in the upper left-hand corner of the Live Session View window. If you don't see the browser in your window, click the Show/Hide button-- it's on the left-hand side--and reopen that. You can also open and close the browser by using the keyboard shortcut command Command+Option+B, or if you are on a PC, Ctrl+Alt+B. You can choose one of Live's browsers by clicking one of the browser buttons. So I am in the Live devices and plug-ins devices and file browser and so on.

You can navigate through the folders and subfolders by clicking on the little triangle, until you get down to one of the files, and then also close by clicking on the triangle. Now the main browsers in Live are first the Live Device browser, which is used to access Live's virtual instruments and presets or Live's MIDI Effects and Audio Effects, the Plug-in browser, which is similar to Device browser except this is where you'll find any third-party virtual instruments or audio effects that you've purchased.

Now, currently we don't have any loaded in the system here. If I did, I could click the Activate button, and Live would go out and find them and install them for use here in Live. Then the next three buttons are called the File browsers, and these can be used to access folders and files on any available drive through presets or user-defined locations. So I can see all volumes here, or I can see here that I'm in the Library. In a different one I can have a different look, although I'm still in the Library here.

So let's take a look at a couple of examples. So I am going to into the Samples area and find this Loopmasters folder. Now, note that these loopmaster loops are from solid sounds, and this is Live pack that's available by download from the Ableton web site. So, I'm going to go into the Loopmasters folder and then the Drum Loops folder, and then let's check out what's in the Deep folder. Now, I am going to widen the browser by clicking and dragging there, so I can see more. So I can see that I have some WAV files here. And if I click on them-- (Drums playing.) I'll actually hear the preview because the Preview button was selected. And because that's an audio file, I actually see the waveform displayed down here in the Preview tab area.

So, if I click on another one of these, it will automatically play. (Drums playing.) I can stop playback by either clicking the Spacebar or by choosing another file. (Music playing.) Now, let's check out a MIDI clip. So I am going to go into Clips, and let's go into the Drums subfolder and into Electronic, and I am going to go down to Echoes.

Now again, these sounds are available from a Live pack that you can download from the Ableton web site, and this one is called the Drum Machines Live Pack. So, I'll go into Echoes, and I'll see that there are several files here. And if I widen this again I can see a little more information, and I can see that I'm now looking at a MIDI clip. Notice when I click on the MIDI clip, it didn't immediately start playing. That's because there's a device that is associated with that MIDI clip, and it takes a minute to load that. But now I should be able to click on the Preview button-- (Music playing.) and hear that clip play back.

Now, if preview is too soft or too loud, you can adjust the playback level by coming over here to Preview volume knob and clicking and dragging and setting the level on that. Last, let's go up to the Device browser, and let's take a look at a virtual instrument in a virtual instrument preset. So I am going to go into the Instrument folder, and now I see a list of Live's virtual instruments, and I am going to go into the Impulse folder--that's a drum machine--and into the Electronics folder, and I'll choose one of the presets, and I'll select that.

Now, I want you to notice that down at the bottom here, there isn't a Preview tab this time. That's because this is a preset, and presets contain settings of all the parameters of virtual instrument effect, but don't include a clip. So, instead what I am going to do here is I am going to load this by hitting my Return key, and notice the Live created a track, and it put that clip on the track, and it record-enabled the track. Now, I can audition this by simply pressing the keys on my MIDI controller, or in this case because I've got the computer MIDI keyboard enabled, I can again press the letter A to trigger that kick, and the other sounds on that Drum Machine.

In this video, we learned about the various Live browsers, where to find audio and MIDI devices and how to find in preview clips. This will be something that you will use every time you use Ableton Live to make music.

Find answers to the most frequently asked questions about Ableton Live 8 Essential Training .

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Q: Can I use Ableton Live Lite to work through this course?
A: For the most part, yes. However, there are a few limitations. For example, there are some drum sounds that won’t work with the Lite version. Lite also has a limited track count, which may cause problems with some of the larger Live Sets in the course. If you do not have the full version of Ableton Live, you can download a demo of Ableton Live Suite (, which will run for 30 days. This will allow you to do everything in the course, and get a look at what the full version can do at the same time.





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