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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.
With each effect or instrument device, there's often a few parameters that need repeated adjustment. Finding those parameters can be a pain. So let's take a look at how frequently accessed parameters can be mapped to a live macro for easy access via your controller. So I've got an impulse instrument set up on this first MIDI track, and I'm going to select the Title bar on that and right click and choose Group which puts that inside of a rack. Now, I'm doing that because I want to get access to the macro. So, I'll click the Show/hide button here just below the group activator button and that opens that up.
Now, I can map these macros to any parameter on the device over here. So, let's go ahead and click the Map button. And I'll chose the kick parameter and anything that's green can be mapped. So, I am going to select the volume for that kick. And then I'll click the Map button over here to map that on to that macro. And when I did that you notice that there is a little green square that appeared in the upper left-hand corner of that parameter. And if I go out of Map mode, you'll notice that I can no longer adjust that. I have to go over to the macro to do that.
Now if that's not what you want, you can go ahead and click the Map button and I can select that parameter, and I can click Unmap. And I'm back where I started and I can continue mapping other parameters. But let's go ahead and remap that, I'll select that, click Map. Then I'll click the second slot so I can get at its parameters and I'll choose Volume again and map that one. The next one, I'll map that and the fourth one, I'll do that. And then for number eight I'll go ahead and I'll get the global volume for that and map that down onto the last macro.
Now I'm going to go back out of Map mode, and as I did that, you'll notice that all of those dip down to their minimum setting. So I'm going to go ahead and raise those back up. Now I was doing that by mouse, but I should have gone to my controller. Now if the rack is selected and you're using a device that has instant mapping. Those instantly map onto the eight control knobs. So as I go to knob number one, you can see that I haven't had to do any additional mapping and it's already being controlled by my controller. So I'll go to knob three and pull that up, knob four and get that, and knob number eight, and I've immediately got control of that.
So, that's only using a single device. Now, let's go over to the second track here. And I've got a chain of devices here that includes a MIDI arpeggiator Plug in, and then a virtual instrument. And then, a couple of audio effects. So I'm going to click your Arpeggiator. And then I'm going to Shift click the last device so that I can select all of them. And then I'm going to right-click on the title bar of any of these and choose Group. And now if I look at this over on the left edge, I can see that I've got the rack bracket. And if I pan over to the right, I'll see that I've got a rack bracket on the outside on the last device.
Now I want to start by mapping the frequency and residence knobs here on this device over to the macros. So let's click the Show/hide button again, to show that macro. I'll go into Map mode. I'm going to click the Frequency knob on that oscillator. And then click the Map button and macro one. But I'm also going to map the resonance to the same knob on that macro. Now when I did that, you'll notice that I've got minimum and maximum values that I can set up here for that. So I'm going to go ahead and do that.
I've already messed around with this a little bit, so I know what I want. So let's set that one to around 350, and I'll set the upper range to about 5k. And let's set the resonance on the low end to 20% and on the high end to around 50%. And just so I can check that, I'm going to go out of Map mode. Let me grab that first knob all right, it's assigned and working correctly. And if I look over here on the actual virtual instrument, I can see that it's actually moving both of those. And let's play that clip and just see what it sounds like. (music playing) Okay I can see that I've got the range set that I was looking for. Now lets go back down to the macro and I'm going to double-click that to close that up.
And I want to name that macro so that I know what that's being used for. So I'm going to click that button and then I'll go Cmd+R ,that would be Ctrl+R on a PC. Now, I can name that filter sweep. And let's also, map some more stuff to that. So, let me reopen this synth up, and I'm going to go into Map mode again, and I'm going to map the global volume on that to the macro number two. And then, I'll double-click that to minimize that again. And let me grab the shape on the auto-pan and map that to macro three, and the dry/wet and map that to macro four. Then I'll go back out of Map mode and let me choose the Rack real quick. Gotta do that so I can access these via instant mapping. And let me move the knob number three, you'll see the auto pan shape changing. And when I go to knob number four, you can see that the dry wet parameter is changing as I do that one.
Now, a very important part of this, is selecting the actual rack itself, to be able to use instant mapping. So, if I come over and just select the Auto pan. And start moving knobs, you'll notice that those knobs are reassigned via instant mapping and I'm now changing other parameters. I go over to chorus, I can see that knob number two is now moving the rate there for the modulation. And if I go back to the instrument rack, I move knob number two. You can see that that's set on the volume output on the polysynth.
So, as you move from track to track and device to device. The mapping assignments and instant mapping will automatically remap and allow you to make those adjustments. So, one you get an effect, instrument or drum rack set up and adjusted, assign the most often used parameters to the racks macro. Then when you need to record automation in your live set or use live in performance. Those parameters will automatically be available on your MIDI controller via instant mapping.
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