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Along the way, Yeuda reveals many live performance tricks using control surfaces and custom MIDI controllers that he's built, plus tips for playing and syncing up with other musicians and recording your live performance.
- Using Ableton Live or third-party controllers
- Choosing songs for a DJ set
- Building your decks
- Using EQ and gain to emulate mixer hardware
- Knowing when to use headphones
- Mapping the crossfader, EQ, and gain to MIDI controllers
- Looping with Beat Repeat
- Setting up multiple instruments on one track
- Creating a bus track for master effects
- Preparing your original productions for the stage
- Using commercial and custom MIDI controllers
- Live looping and live sample cutting
- Recording your live performance
Skill Level Intermediate
In previous chapters we have seen how to use the Clip Launch Box to change the individual quantization of the clip which allows you to override the global quantization. Let's go back to the launch box and see how we can change the launch mode of the clip to achieve momentary effects. First, let's load another effect on to the Bus track. I am going to go to Audio Effect and choose Auto Pan. I am going to set the Auto Pan so we can achieve a gate effect, which sounds something like this.
(music playing) Cool. Let's map the On/Off button of this device to my MIDI keyboard. I am going to go into MIDI mapping mode, Command+M or Ctrl+M, click on the ON/Off button, and click one of the keys on my MIDI keyboard. Exit MIDI Map mode, play the music, and to turn on the effect I will have to press the key. To turn off the effect, I would have to press the key again.
Momentary Effects, allows us to press the key to turn on the effect and to turn off the effect by just letting go. So we can achieve that with Clip Envelopes and changing the Launch mode of the clip. First, let's stop all clips, then let's arm the Bus track so we can record an empty dummy clip. Just going to record it, and that's it. Next, let's double-click on the clip to go into the Clip View, choosing the right parameter in the drop box menu, we want to Device On, let's go into Draw mode by hitting B and just turn it on for the first 16 of the Bus. Turn off Draw mode by hitting B again.
And now if we go back to the Track View and hit Play on the clip, we can see the effect turning on for a very short time just at the beginning of the bar for the first 16th, because that's how we set up the Clip Envelope. Let's go back to the Clip View, and now let's change the Launch mode. The launch mode is what happens when we launch a clip. Right now it's on Trigger, so every time we launch a clip, it will restart from its beginning, and we can change that to Repeat.
So at anytime we are holding on the Play button of the clip, it will repeat according to the quantization, which right now is set to Global. I wanted to repeat very fast, so I am going to set the Quantization to 132. Now if I click on the Play button to launch the clip and keep holding, we can see the playhead repeats and only on the segment of the Clip Envelope that turns on the effect. If I let go, it continues to the rest of the Clip Envelope, which there, the effect is turned off.
We only need to turn the loop of the clip off, because we don't want it to repeat, we only want it to repeat when we launch it. Map the clip to a MIDI keyboard, let's go Command+M or Ctrl+M, nice. Let's Exit MIDI Map mode, let's go to the Track View just to see how Ableton works, and I am going to launch the scene. (music playing) Now every time I am going to hit the key, we are going to hear the effect and every time I am going to let go off the key, the effect is going to be turned off.
(music playing) That's exactly that we wanted, momentary effects. In the next video, we'll start using time based effects in our live performance, such as Reverb and Delay.