JK Swopes demonstrates how to create a pattern live and capture separate sounds from the MASCHINE plugin into individual audio tracks within your Ableton Live 9 project.
- [Instructor] If you wanna be able to capture your plane in real time as audio yet you still want the flexibility of having your sounds on separate tracks, all you need to do is route individual paths to their own audio tracks. So let's set that up. So I'm gonna leave the chords on their own so I just left that clip in there with the chords, but let's say for the kit I wanna kinda break things out, so maybe we'll do the kick snare, right now they're routed to that external, but I'm gonna do the kick, the snare, and that shaker on their own. So let's go here, we'll leave this one on two, do the snare, we'll put that on external three, and for that one we'll just say external four.
I'm gonna go into Ableton and create a few tracks. I can actually just duplicate this if I wanted to, so I could duplicate this multiple times. (clicking) Three of 'em. Just get rid of these clips. So we know for this one we want it to be two, three, and four.
Now if I were two, (clicking) if you remember I like to put these on auto. (kick drumming) (snare drumming) (shaking) (snare drumming) Oh I see what it did. And see right here where I made a mistake? I routed the group to four instead of focusing on the sound. So, let's go here. (kick drumming) Sound is going to the group. It's gonna be two. (kick drumming) (snare drumming) Snare's gonna be three.
(snare and kick drumming) And then this one, (shaking) is gonna be four. And it's really easy to do that, especially in this view. And the mixer's not so bad, but in this view a lot of times you wanna remember to make sure you switch from group to sound. (snare and kick drumming) (shaking) So those are ready, now, if you wanna be able to record these all at the same time, you need to change an option in your preferences. So on the Record, Warp, and Launch tab you wanna go down here and say start recording on scene launch. So that way I can launch this scene and whatever's recording able, I can record clips into that track.
I'm gonna do the kick and the snare together. So let's go here. Close that, I don't need this open right now. If you like to play everything all together you could do it, but for me, I'm gonna just do the kick and the snare. So we have that and again we don't really need machine open anymore. So I'll just close it. And I can launch this scene, and I'll be able to record (snare and kick drumming) these together. And then I'll go back and then maybe do the shaker.
(snare and kick drumming) Let's turn on our metronome. (metronome ticking) (smooth upbeat sound) (sound repeats) (shaking added in) So I was able to record these two together multiple at the same time and then this one and let's just do one more.
I'm gonna go and duplicate this, get rid of my clip. And for this one, I'm just gonna say pulse mixer. I'm gonna use this for that bass. (low short sounds) And that also. (low short sounds) So let's see if we can (low short sounds) figure out something that sounds good. (smooth upbeat sound repeated) (low short sounds added in) So now we have that in there, and what's cool is now I can control all of my audio in here.
Let's say if I wanted to do somethin' like find something on this shaker like throw maybe an audio effect or something. (smooth upbeat sound) (reverb added) (smooth upbeat sound with reverb repeated) So now I have all that audio in each of my clips and again, for me, this is my favorite way to use machine this side of Ableton is just so quick, I set up my template, I usually have like I said, about four audio tracks and then I just duplicate as I need it.
And it's just really fun to work this way. I just prefer working with audio and it's just super quick, I don't have to set up a lot of complex routing with Midi and everything like that. This method gives you the same immediacy of capturing audio but you also get more options for mixing later since you have each sound on its own individual track.
- Setting up MASCHINE to work in Ableton Live
- Importing files into Ableton Live
- Recording your performance
- Dragging and dropping MIDI
- Triggering kits and instruments via MIDI
- Recording MIDI in real time
- Using MASCHINE for real-time audio input
- Creating audio loops from MASCHINE