Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating click tracks, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
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…If you have Click tracks before,…it was probably in something similar to Ableton's arrangement view.…Find your click sample in the browser, drag it into an audio track.…Duplicate the sample until the track is the right length using command or…control d.…Since our set needs to be in session view,…you will now select the length of the track and use Cmd+J, or Ctrl+J on Windows.…To consolidate all the duplicates into a single audio clip.…To transfer it into session view, click and hold, Tab to switch views, and…release to drop into a click slot.…
While this method works just fine, it's not my preferred way of…creating click tracks for a large project like this.…But some do.…Instead, I use MagiClips that trigger the clip sample in a simple Ableton device,…like Simpler or Impulse.…Let me show you how that works.…In a MIDI Track, double click on a slot to create a one-bar MT MagiClip.…Down here, in the clip's MIDI Editor.…Double-click on C3 to create a MIDI note.…Let's click Full for a better view that only shows the C3 click note.…
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