Join Yeuda Ben-Atar for an in-depth discussion in this video How to count music, part of Making Music with Ableton Push.
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While it is possible to use the Push with no knowledge of music. …It helps to have a common language or frame of reference, which is referred to …as music theory. That's the language that musicians use to …communicate with each other, and to be able to play together. …If you already know about bars, and beats, and time signature, you may even …want to skip this video. There are few rhythmic concepts that will …allow us to discuss sequencing, making beats, and ultimately creating songs.…
Now, I know we're all eager to make beats, me too. …But before we do that, let's break down the concept of rhythm, or musical time. …Looking at the Push itself, you can see numbers on this row of buttons, and the …main pads are all related to how we count music. …We count musical time by using two reference points, Beats and Bars. …The speed at which each Beat is played is set by the Tempo, and is expressed as …beats per minute, or BPM. Which is set by adjusting the Tempo knob, …right here. Before we start counting beats, we should …
First, Yeuda demystifies the many trigger pads, knobs, and buttons on the Push and shows how to map the device to Ableton Live. Next, learn to browse and load sounds and create drumbeats with the step sequencer. Humanize the sound of these beats by changing individual note velocity, length, and position and adding in quantization and swing. Then, learn to play Push like a pitched instrument, and use it to remotely control a Live set and Live devices. Along the way, Yeuda offers valuable lessons about basic music theory—concepts like notes, chords, scales, and time signature—that will make your experience with Push more rewarding.
- What is Ableton Push?
- What's new in the Push 2?
- Comparing Push 1 and Push 2
- Browsing and loading sounds
- Programming beats
- Recording drums in real time
- Adding quantization and swing
- Controlling the mixer
- Controlling Live devices
- Adding custom LED feedback
- Step sequencing melodies
- Browsing and loading third-party plugins