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- 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
Skill Level Beginner
Live's minimalist concept will always keep us working with one window. In order to use only one window, we will have to switch between different views in our workflow. Let's check out Live's views. First, let's take a look at the main views. This view is called the Sessions view, and it's one of the Live's unique features. We will see why it's so special in the next chapter. The other view is called the Arrangement view. This is where we're going to arrange and edit the different segments of our song. We can switch between the two main views using the view selectors right here.
We can also switch using the Tab key. On the bottom-left we can find the Info view. The Info view will give us brief explanation on anything in Live that we move our mouse over-- for example, the clip slot and track title bar. We also have two bottom views: a Clip view and Device view. For example, let's load a clip. If I double-click on the clip, I can see the Clip view. This was where we'll see the waveform in an audio clip or the MIDI editor in a MIDI clip.
The other view, which we can go through using this tab on the bottom-right, Clip view and the Device view, is where we will put all our effects: media effects, instruments, and audio effects on a MIDI track and audio effects on an audio track. For example, if I go to my Audio Effects and drag an effect, we would see in the Device view, and the Clip view we will see what's inside the clip. In Live we have four types of tracks: a MIDI track, an audio track, a return track, and master track.
All tracks have a Device view, but only MIDI and audio tracks have a Clip view, because they are the only tracks that can hold clips. Ableton Live gives us the power to work fast and to never break our artistic flow. I would recommend getting used to using the Tab key to switch between the two main views and holding Shift and hitting the Tab key to switch between the two bottom views.