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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
I have taken the time to export all of the different segments of my song as individual audio files, one for each of my four groups, Kick, Bass, Music, and Snare & Percussion. As you can see, I decided to name the segments using more traditional song structural terms like Intro, Verse, Chorus, Chorus 2, and Outro. You are free to name your segments anything you like. So the first thing I am going to do is to create a New Live Set. Let's go, click File > New Live Set.
Let's delete the two MIDI tracks because we don't need them at this moment. I am going to click on the title and hit Delete, Delete. I am going to create two more audio tracks by hitting Command+T or Ctrl+T twice. Let's rename all the tracks according to our group names, Kick, Snare & Percussion, Bass, and Music. Let's go back to my Finder window. Now I am going to import everything, Intro, Verse.
Right now everything is imported to one track. If I hold Command, it will import to all the tracks. Let's import to Chorus, holding Shift, selecting all Audio files, holding Command, let's go to Chorus 2 and go also on Outro, let's select all tracks and expand them. Let's narrow down the browser, just so we can see more. Let's expand the Master and rename the scenes just like we did in the DJ set.
We got Intro, Chorus, Verse, Chorus 2, and Outro. Let's organize the clips. Everything is organized, that's correct. I am going to color the tracks, it's very important in your Live Set. In the next video we'll see a lot more clips, because I am going to going to import all the other songs that I exported, and the colors will keep everything organized. Let's also color all the scenes in the same color, because we are using the same song. White would be good.
Next, let's go into each clip by double-clicking on it and just making sure they are warped correctly. We can see the Segment BPM right here, it's on 120 and the song is on 90. I will change this to 90 just to make sure the other clips are warped correctly. Very good, nice.
Now we have to need to export our other songs, but I am not going to do it in this video. Let's' go to Live Preferences and prepare our Live Set for a live performance. We can change the Zoom Display of everything in Live. All the windows in Live will change proportionately, according to their percentage we click here. So for example, if we put it on 80%, everything will be much smaller, which would give us more screen space. For now I'll go with 85. Let's go to Record Warp Launch tab, and on the bottom we can see three options, Select on Launch, which will select each track if you launch a clip in it.
Right now, for me personally, it's turned Off. Select Next Scene on Launch, every time you launch a scene it will select the next scene and Start Recording on Scene Launch turned off, because we don't want to record anything in our live performance. In the next video, we'll see how to add instruments to our Live Set, so we can play them using our MIDI keyboard.