Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Ableton Live set layout, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
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…A lot of today's music is first and foremost a studio creation.…It can feature sequenced synthesizers, electronic or…heavily processed live drums, complex audio effects and textures.…There could be a huge variety of guitar sounds and layers and layers of overdubs.…When the time comes to perform the music live with a compact group of musicians,…reproducing all that wonderful stuff with nuance and…musicality could be a real task.…The good thing is, today's software is up to the challenge.…My platform of choice for many years now has been Ableton Live.…
It offers unrivaled stability and…efficiency, as well as a lot of versatility.…One of its innovations is Session View, that we see here.…Using Session View is a good way to have a visual representation of…the entire show at a glance.…In this basic set up, each row called a scene, represents one song.…And each of the clips in a scene contains MIDI or audio elements for that song.…The columns are MIDI and audio tracks routed accordingly.…Your track set up should be dictated by the contents of the music and…
First, Daniel provides a tour of his setup, starting from his keyboard riser—the hub of communication on stage. With Ableton and a series of MIDI controllers, he's closely connected to all the other instrumentalists. Then he demonstrates the process of building a show file and creating sound presets for every song. Daniel also explains how to use the Drum Kit as a MIDI controller for drum sounds, and how to make program changes on the downstage Moog and guitar stations. Finally, in our interview with Daniel, he closes down the course with insights on what it's like to be a musical director, and how he balances technology and musicianship to bring ideas to life.
- Setting up the keyboard and Ableton Live
- Creating and using click tracks
- Creating song presets
- Switching sounds within songs
- Automating presets
- Working with Ableton drum racks
- Sending program changes
- Preparing audio stems for playback
- Audio routing
- Keeping things in check with line-check files and backups
- Insights on music and technology