Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video Editing clips, part of Learning Ableton Live 9.
Editing clips in the Arrangement view is simple and efficient. We can simply drag the clips to make them longer or shorter. We can highlight a specific section in the clip and drag it to only crop that section. I'm going to hit Command+Z to undo. If you can't highlight, because you don't have any room, you can unfold the track and then highlight and drag. You can also click anywhere and place the play bar, go to Edit, and click Split or Command+E or Ctrl+E. Nice. Command+Z.
So let's duplicate the guitar track, by right-clicking on the track and choosing Duplicate. Let's Rename the duplicated guitar track to Reverse Guitar. I am going to fold the guitar track. I'm going to keep the Reverse Guitar unfolded. Let's expand it. Let's delete the intro and delete Part B. We are only going to work on Part A right now, and I'm only going to work on 4 bars. So let's change it to 4 bars and even make it shorter. 4 bars, nice.
We can see in the Clip view that we have 8 bars, which we don't need, so I'm going to right-click on the clip and choose Crop Clip (s). So we only have 4 bars, nice. Let's solo it. The sample box in the Clip view can allow us to do a lot of things to further more change and handle the sound. First I'm going to hit the Rev button, which is going to reverse the sample or the clip. If we listen to it now-- (music playing) Nice! Let's also transpose it, which will change the pitch.
You can take it down or up. In this case, I'm going to take it up 12 semitones, which will be an octave. Let's listen to it now. (music playing) Because we're taking it to extreme measures, we will hear a lot of sound artifacts. That could be changed using the Warp mode. Let's choose Complex, which will give it a different kind of sound. I recommend experimenting with different warp modes. Each one of the warp modes was designed specifically to be used with a different kind of audio.
For example, Beats was designed to be used with rhythmical audio. Let's choose Complex. (music playing) Now we have to rearrange it because we reversed the clip and it's not in the same order of how our guitar chords are playing. So I'm going to zoom in. I'm going to click on the first bar and hit Command+E to split it and do the same with the rest. Now I'm just going to drag the clips to rearrange them.
And let's solo it with also our guitar track. Listen to how it sounds. (music playing) It's starting from here, so I'm going to hit the loop bracket to start it from the start of the loop. (music playing) We can choose all the clips that we've rearranged by holding Shift. We can right-click and choose Consolidate, which is going to make all the clips into one clip.
If we don't like the new pitch, you can pitch it back down. (music playing) Pitch it even more up. (music playing) Might be kind of squeaky. Or pitch it all the way down. (music playing) Let's change the warp algorithm and bring it back to -12.
(music playing) I'm also going to add warp points to make everything sit better on the grid. If you're working with a lot of different clips, you can also deactivate them by clicking on them and hitting the 0 number. It'll deactivate the clip and won't play it until you reactivate it using the 0 number again.
Take your time editing your song in the Arrangement view. It can be a fun and creative process, and it can improve the natural progression of your song.
- Setting up plugins and projects
- Creating a drumbeat
- Converting audio to MIDI
- Recording vocals
- Warping and editing clips
- Adding effects
- Using time commands
- Working with the mixer
- Using side chain compression
- Adding reverb and delay
- Mixing dynamically with automation
- Mastering a song