Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Audio routing, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
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…As you plan the show and…build an Ableton file full of amazing sounds to be unleashed on world.…Figuring out how all these tracks will get out of the box and…reach people's ears is a big part of the puzzle.…How many outputs does your audio interface have?…How many inputs does the sound engineer have for your rig?…Who needs to hear what and when?…Some if it can be planned ahead.…Some of it will have to be discovered during rehearsals.…But how you will choose to route your audio will definitely have an impact on…the entire operation.…If you're running click, the absolute bare bones minimum you need is two outputs.…
One for the click, the other one for all other audio in mono.…This doesn't get you very far, but it can work in a pinch.…If you have four outputs, you can use one for click, one for…say, drum samples or loops.…And two for a stereo pair of keyboards and everything else.…The more outputs are available,…the more separation can be achieved, as the audio is sent out of your system.…The question to ask is which elements should have their own dedicated lines,…
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