Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Preparing to use a click, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
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…The first question to ask yourself about using Click is do you even need it.…Some drummers for…example always want to play with click, so the input was never in question.…Some singers never want to hear any click because, let's face it,…it can be pretty annoying.…Sometimes you may not have much of a choice.…If there's any element in the music that requires the computer to be in sync with…the band.…Click could be the only way to achieve that.…Some example would be time defects, arpeggiators,…most kinds of pre recorded audio if you're using it, and patch change automation.…
Maybe one day, computers will learn to interpret musically time reliably,…by listening to us humans.…But until then we have to stay on the grid in order to play together.…Ableton has a built in metronome feature.…You can turn it on by clicking on this button with two dots here.…It's useful when recording and in some basic live situations, but…for a more complex show, a dedicated click track offers much more control.…For example, I can automate the volume of the click.…
First, Daniel provides a tour of his setup, starting from his keyboard riser—the hub of communication on stage. With Ableton and a series of MIDI controllers, he's closely connected to all the other instrumentalists. Then he demonstrates the process of building a show file and creating sound presets for every song. Daniel also explains how to use the Drum Kit as a MIDI controller for drum sounds, and how to make program changes on the downstage Moog and guitar stations. Finally, in our interview with Daniel, he closes down the course with insights on what it's like to be a musical director, and how he balances technology and musicianship to bring ideas to life.
- Setting up the keyboard and Ableton Live
- Creating and using click tracks
- Creating song presets
- Switching sounds within songs
- Automating presets
- Working with Ableton drum racks
- Sending program changes
- Preparing audio stems for playback
- Audio routing
- Keeping things in check with line-check files and backups
- Insights on music and technology