Join Daniel Mintseris for an in-depth discussion in this video Using the exercise files, part of Performing with Ableton Live: On Stage with St. Vincent.
If you're a premium member of Lynda.com, you have access to the exercise files used throughout this course. They are available by downloading the ZIP file from this course's page on the website. Double-click the ZIP file to uncompress it. Inside will be an Ableton Live set for each video where appropriate. And they're named with the chapter and video number. For example, chapter three, video number four. Also included are all of the audio files, samples, and presets that you'll need. As long as you don't move these files and folders out of the exercise files, all files should link properly.
The show file used throughout the course is an example of a 16-song set. But, of course, this is a fictional show, so much of the file is not filled in with sounds, devices, automation, etc. I'll take you through building some of those elements for five original pieces that will give you a great starting point for creating your own show file. If you're a monthly member or annual member of Lynda.com, you don't have access to the exercise files, but you can still follow along using your own Live sets.
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