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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
One of the most unique effects in Ableton Live is the Looper Audio Effect. You can use the Looper to create music in real time. This technique is called Live Looping. Live Looping is creating and then layering loop in real time, let me show you. (music playing) Nice. Let's take a look at how to do that in Ableton Live.
So in Live, I set up an Instrument rack just like we did in previous videos. I have added all my instruments into different chains and set up the different instruments in each chain, and mapped the chain selector to my MIDI keyboard, so every time I hit the pad, it changed an instrument. I have also mapped the Macro and the Looper, we'll check it out in a second, but before that, I routed the instrument rack to the Looper, as you can see here, Audio To > Looper.
Let's go check out the Looper. So to use the Looper, you need to create a new audio track using Command+T or Ctrl+T, go into Audio Effects, and drag in and drop in the Looper. The Looper device would allow us to do live looping by the recording, hitting the big record button, and over-dubbing by hitting the record button again. The Looper can set the tempo or follow the song's tempo, whatever your most comfortable choice is. You can record a variable amount of bars, which means the first loop that you will record will set the amount of bars, or you can set a predetermined amounts of bars.
In my case, I'll choose 4 bars. After you record everything, you can speed it up or slow it down, you can reverse it. If we go back to my Looper which I used, you can see here all the recording I did. After we finish the recording, we can just drag it to a new audio track, and we have it as an audio which is amazing, we have all our performance. Live looping is really easy and inspiring in a way, not only to perform but also to try out new ideas quickly and easily. Try it out sometimes, you might come up with something you didn't expect.
Of course, I use only MIDI instruments, but you can use audio as well, by just opening in a new audio track, routing it to the Looper, and setting the track to record using this button right here. If you want to use MIDI and audio, simply map the recording buttons of each track by going to the MIDI map, Command+M or Ctrl+M and mapping those button, you can see all the map one in my performance, we can map the audio, if you want to also record audio.
After setting up your Live set, it's time for a live performance, it's always a good idea to record your live performance. In Live, it's very easy to record your performance into the arrangement view, and by doing so, you got to have your entire performance as an Ableton Live set. Well, later on you can go back and fix mistakes, mix your song, and then export to audio.