Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Bringing ideas to life with Ableton Live, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
…The first two things that Annie had in mind when she was putting together this…configuration of the band and inviting me to be a part of it, were automated guitar…patch switches and integrating drum triggers into the show.…The guitar patch switching was a relatively straightforward task,…even though we had to figure out how to work with…her particular MIDI foot controller at that point.…
In the past, like all guitar players, she had to…make every sound change by pushing a button on her pedal board with her feet.…There's a lot of foot navigation that happens for guitar players, as we know.…Because she's a very active guitar player,…and the parts are very intricate, and there are many of them, and…she's also singing pretty intricate stuff while she's playing guitar.…It was becoming perhaps a bit too much to do all that and…also connect with the audience and put on a great show.…
So she was interested in seeing how that aspect of it can be taken…over by the computer or somehow enabled from my side of the stage.…
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