The Complete Guide to Ableton Live 10 – Part 1 | Setting up, Recording and Live 10 New Features

hi it’s Thomas George and thank you for joining me in this complete Ableton Live 10 course so what I did is I actually filmed this lecture as one of the latest lectures so I’m going to give you an overview on screen with me now what you’re actually going to learn in this course we’re going to start off with navigating yourself around Ableton Live so learning what the main functions and features actually do we’re then going to look at editing and recording MIDI and audio so this includes warping audio after this we’re going to look at setting up so things like the preferences the control bar the session view and the arrangement view then we’re going to look at some of the new features for live 10 which include the wavetable synth capture echo and the drum buss hi and welcome to this lecture where we going to have a look at a quick overview of Ableton Live 10 if you’ve never used Ableton life before this can look quite daunting you might be thinking what is going on where’s my time line why does this not look like Logic Pro or Pro Tools what all these little mixing channel things but I explain what they are if you’ve used previous versions of Ableton Live like Ableton Live 9 or maybe even Ableton Live 8 it’s very similar the layouts I’m sure you’re used to it but what this is here this is called the session view so this is really great for actually making little clips and adding clips and playing little beats and clips then if you hit the tablet and you’ll go to something called the arrangement view so this is more of a kind of a traditional layouts linear so we have time-based time at the bottom then if we hit these buttons here which actually make up the Ableton logo if you notice so we have the the arrangement view and the session view you can switch back or we can hit the tab button mine actually looks a little bit different to yours I’ve actually zoomed in quite a lot just for these tutorials really so you can see what’s going on we can also close sections with these arrows on the side if you do want to change the size you can go to live the top preferences and then go look feel and you can change the zoom display I’ve just zoomed it in so it’s easier for people to see what’s actually going on okay let’s go back to the session view hit tab so this is the session view this is the arrangement view if you’ve used digital audio workstations before you’re probably used to this layout of the arrangement view however the session view like I said it can look a little strange can look like you on the mixing desk to start with but it’s not like that so each one of these has loads of little Clips you can actually make and then we can trigger the clips individually or we can play a row of clips so this is really useful for live performance so you can trigger stuff and it’s also useful for creating the song you can add loads of little clips play them and then what we can do is record it to the arrangement which we look at in a future lecture so what we can do is actually create our own parts record them in or we can just use some of these clips and samples that Ableton Live actually has so let’s just use a few of these samples I’m just going to type in drums so these will give us some audio samples it give us loads of different drums then what we can do is just drag them in drag this in here and let’s type in bass you might notice you just got one hits like this these can be sampled so say we want this bass parts we will have to create a new audio track if we want this separate so let’s go create new audio track and then another audio track will appear next to it let’s just drag the bass here then we can go command are renamed their space and now you can play these little clips so that’s this clip this clip you’ll notice it’s actually in time which is pretty cool then we can add the bass pause the bass by hitting the square button let’s get rid of this from pot then add the bass and get rid of this drum part add this one pause this one add this one that’s kind of really that really really really basic way of using Ableton just drag clips in and play them it’s kind of what you do but you can also make the clips you have a MIDI keyboard you can also play in MIDI information and that instruments so if you have a MIDI keyboard plugged in let’s just choose this one here analog and I play some notes on my MIDI keyboard and I can play along with say this drum part can even record these clips in but you do have to make sure your MIDI keyboard setup and you do have to have this little red light to record our mapped and if we just hide this you

have more settings here as well so we have the MIDI from so this is where you can choose your MIDI keyboard the monitor so you can hear it back or not so monitor in monitor Auto monitor off obviously we won’t here you can still see the MIDI information with these little yellow dots we have audio too below this so this is where the audio goes movie to choose master so it will go to the master channels so when we play this audio you’ll get routed to this master track then below this we have sends so this is where we can actually send part of this to another channel so we can send it to a we can send it to B so a here is reverb so we can send it to a reverb unit if we click we can bring up reverb and B is delay so the more you pump it through the more you send it the more it gets sent to this reverb so I’m just going to play this drum kit you’ll notice it sounds a bit weird it’s because it’s got reverb and B you know it says sounds a bit strange because it’s got delayed on the left here we have these menus so we can choose our favorites you can choose sounds we could choose drums instruments or the effects MIDI effects max for live plugins clips and samples we’ll be looking at these in a lot more detail in future lectures feel free to skip forward to any lectures so if you have used Ableton Live 9 before you might want to skip through a few of these begin the ones but if you’re brand new to Ableton Live I definitely recommend watching these then we have this little thing here drop audio effects here so we can drop audio effects here as it says and if we click down here you’ll notice we can change to this view so this view is the sample editor view and this view is where we can have the effects so we can have things like the MIDI effects on MIDI channels and then audio effects on audio channels the MIDI channels we can have audio effects but on the audio effects we can not have any MIDI effects just audio effects because the information is already there it’s already been processed it’s already audio so we can’t actually add on a MIDI effect so I’ve got all these things here we have stuff like tempo no bars play recording it’s just a really simple overview you can hide some certain things here bring them back I just want to make this lecture just for people who are brand new to Ableton Live so it’s not scary as it initially looks so the session view here this is really where we put in clips and we play clips and then this part here is where we can kind of change it into more of an arrangement change it to more of a structured song you can copy and place clips into this arrangement view we’re gonna look at recording again and also building a song in the arrangement view and notice it’s kind of faded outs have this little button here which will bring it back so you can just play this drum part if we choose to in the arrangement view I know some people like to work in the arrangement view some people like to work in the session view I think it’s a good idea learning how to use them both quick overview I hope you realize Ableton Live isn’t a scary to first think because when you first open it I remember the first time I opened up a Ableton Live I was very confused for the first couple of weeks really and after a while you do get used to it you just have to realize the session view is a place way collect clips you bring ideas forward and the arrangement view is a place normally where you will arrange it into more of a song so the session view was originally created for live performance release so people could play these clips live and create more of a groove people do actually use Ableton Live now just for actually recording and creating music so thank you for watch this lecture just about getting started in Ableton Live 10 I hope you’re starting to get the grips of how it actually works and see each of these as little clips that you can actually record to the arrangement view so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture so thank you for watching this video so far I hope you’re starting to understand the basics of Ableton Live 10 if you want to check out some of the other lectures in this video then be sure to open up the description below and I’ll have all different points for the different lectures so this video course on YouTube is actually just the first part of my complete Ableton Live 10 course I’d like to access my full course which is over 10 hours long then be sure to check out the description below we can get this course for only $10 full price it is one hundred and ninety five dollars in a complete course we do cover a lot more things like the simpler the sampler the drum racks the instruments the MIDI effects the audio effects and much more but anyway let’s continue on with the video hi and welcome to this next lecture so if you’re brand new to Ableton Live you haven’t really used it before you might be thinking this digital audio workstation this program looks really complex and difficulties it was like that when I first started using Ableton Live I was a bit overwhelmed because there’s so much stuff going on it’s different to of a digital audio workstation I’ve used before like Pro Tools or Logic Pro or Cubase this session view can be a bit daunting but

believe me it gets a lot easier but the main thing you need to do is just go in experiment and just write some music really was one thing learning all the theories one thing learning what everything does and there’s another thing actually going in and practically doing it so in this lecture I’m just going to go through and just quickly make a few loops make a few grooves so I want you to go through and do the same afterwards so it’s not about making perfect music straight away it’s not about making the best music ever it’s about getting used to this piece of software so it becomes second nature so once you understand how it works and you can just go through and make music without thinking about the technical things without thinking about what stuff does that’s when you know you’ve mastered Ableton Lite but before you get to that point you just need to go in and just experiment just get some clips down there just make some music so let’s actually go ahead and start a new project so we just go to file over here and create a new live set so they’re able some live we call them sets rather than projects and here open up a blank set so this set here will have two MIDI tracks and two audio tracks also have some reverb and delay and the master Channel so what I’m going to do for now is just use presets later on in this course I will be going through a lot of these different instruments I’ll explain how you can actually use it to create your own sound but for now we’re just going to use presets because I want you to just start making these really just start getting used to the workflow because it is quite different to other digital audio workstations so I’m just going to go on instruments just use the first one analog and let’s go down and find mallets let’s just hear this make sure this little headphone buttons on but I’ll do let’s just look at this over dragged it over to MIDI okay so that brings up this instrument so I’ve got my MIDI keyboard plugged in make sure you’ve got auto on on monitor or in because if monitor is on off you won’t hear it it’s on auto you obviously well okay now let’s go on to drums and let’s go on to a drum kit and let’s find let’s go on to drum rack blow here let’s just preview some of these this will do 606 let’s drag this on to MIDI it might take a moment to load okay and now what we need to do is just create summon drums so you’ll notice here this drum rack get these different sounds and if we click on this blank part here you can bring up the MIDI editor if we drag this up you’ll notice it links up to the different drums sound so here we have kick if we hit B we have a little pencil tool if we turn on the headphone here there you go there’s basically just a kick drum loop so I’m going quite fast but this is what’s really about just getting used to it here you go you’ve got a kick drum now we’re going to copy this over hold down alt or option and double click on this and now I’m going to add a snare you look here snare 6:06 a different snare sound she’s that one two and four okay I’m going to color this differently right-click choose a different color just so I know it’s different hold down alt drag this down okay and now we’re going to add some high hats let’s find hats not that one that’s fine closed okay that’ll do okay just really really quick and let’s color this different okay that one there so now I’ve got some drums stop all clips with this Square and the bottom rights now let’s add on a bass part let’s go down to here make sure this is on okay that one there okay let’s hit this back it’s all I did is just used to be just type in some bass notes and that’s ready yet I don’t really like the sound cloud and bells it doesn’t really sound like a bass pot so let’s go back to instruments choose analog and this time let’s open up bass she was the first one bass floor abouts just drag this over to here and now let’s go over to this triangle button and hit play okay we’ve got a nice little groove going just kind of close this browser and then let’s hit this button here let’s play this one let’s add some more high hats by pressing just next drum kit okay you’re getting aggrieved oh okay I want to add another MIDI instruments let’s go to crates create new MIDI track sir MIDI track

this is my preset I’m just going to delete this for now so hit this arrow here and then let’s go on to instruments now let’s choose let’s use wave table that one’s very interesting let’s choose mallets this one I’ll do crock housing I think it says Ableton is a German company it’s probably why it’s called croak housing probably saying that wrong and let’s double click on this and let’s just type in some information so it got B I’m just going to this is not a GFC minor see – Evan with that seventh note which is a b-flat if you don’t know your minor scale it’s the same as a major scale but you flatten the third flat in the 6th flat in the seventh or if you’re brand-new to music theory just use the white notes which is C C major okay now let’s just drive this over down alt I’m going to delete the first one and then bring it in on the second one now we create more of an arrangement let’s just go through use these arrows here we’ve got this guy in this groove and how you’re going to bring in the different drum beat and now this synth part then we can just drag this down and so though this then bring it back with copy over this drum part with the snare and then copy over the bass pop you over this kick drum you always go through and just select different ones here manually click them double click on this I’m just going to change this a little bit more add a few more notes in back to our notes just gonna color this right click okay let’s do the same of this one which they come on day then hit B and then hold down alt drag this down as well so play octaves drag this down and now right-click this now I’m going to trigger these clips remember you can always go into the effects and change it to a different one I’m actually going to do though is hit create new MIDI track in certain humidity track and then what I’m going to do is find under the Cynthia this one here karate belt drag this over to this MIDI track this will replace whatever instrument is there no match you’re going to just copy some of these over I’m going to be sneaking and copy some of them that don’t really link in and then hopefully let’s see what this sounds like now this is just a really quick way of just writing in some music I didn’t have any of this planned just about creating layers creating clips and that’s how you can quickly get in and start making music I want you to do the same way to spend 10 15 minutes just going through playing with ideas just getting used to this session view because that’s one of the main things that Ableton Live that sets it apart from other digital audio workstations but also makes it quite difficult to start with when I first looked at a below I was like whoa what is this session view what’s going on with these little buttons these clips I don’t like this I want to use the arrangement view however once I got used to the session view I realized how powerful it is and how quickly you can just go through and make arrangements and just throw bits in everywhere and just make really interesting music compared to the arrangement for you don’t get me wrong you can make some great music in the arrangement view but generally I prefer using the session view coming up loads of great ideas and then going through the arrangement view so we can get an automating section so moving stuff around and maybe tweaking some of the effects and volumes so I’m just going to play this now show you what you can make really quickly and how easy it actually is

obviously you can use of Accords you can create stuff that’s a bit more experimental a bit more exciting than that but for this example I just thought I’d just go through and show you how you can just quickly go in drag some MIDI information around to start making music from scratch of course you can use loops as well you can use samples of course you can use audio we will be looking at recording audio later on but let’s also just have a look at some of these as well let’s go on samples let’s find one of these audio samples let’s drag this in here as well of course we can use this audio sample you’ve all need to do a few more things like warping make sure it’s in time really so if you want to have a look at warping audio be sure to check out the lecture all about warping audio so I just wanted to show you this lecture because making music and Ableton Live is about making music it’s not always about the Preferences it’s not always about setting up and knowing what stuff does a lot of the time it’s about just jumping in the deep end making music experimenting learning from trial and error so I hope you found this useful just my workflow of quickly throwing in ideas and I hope you practice doing the same thing I hope you just go in start making music start making loops and then continue the lectures so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture I am welcome to this lecture where we’re going to be looking at editing in the arrangement view so just made this little groove in the session view and then I actually recorded this into the arrangement view by just playing through the clips and hitting the record button now it’s in the arrangement view let’s just have a quick listen to this and then we’re going to go through and edit in the arrangement view so it’s just really a simple groove and then I have a few variations of the drum kit and a variation of the bassline and then I add this synthesizer part that’s kind of the groove just a really simple pattern and made quickly for this tutorial okay so the first thing we could do is actually create a bit of space so when the kick drum plays it doesn’t get to MIDI the lower frequencies don’t get too muddy so one thing we can do is create a bit of space so when the kick drum is playing the bass line will duck down a little bit we can do this with sidechain compression if you want to know more about sidechain compression I recommend checking out a lecture on sidechain compression but the good thing is you can add on effects in the arrangement view not just in the session view so if we go over to this arrow and go to Audio FX let’s go to compressor and we could drag this on to say the bass part then we can just add sidechain input from drum rack and then choose kick and now relays you create a bit more space in the mix that’s one little tip you can do okay now let’s have a look at adding some automation so one of the best things about Ableton Live is this automation setting in the arrangement view so all you need to do is click on what you want to automate I’m going to choose this filter frequency cutoff in this base synth so click on this make sure this automation button is armed up here and then it just appears so the last thing you clicked on will actually appear in the automation I click resonance and you can see up here it changed to resonance so let’s choose filter frequency and we’ve actually just draw in parts here just click and drag up so I’m just going to increase the filter frequency here and let’s click on resonance and here I’m going to actually increase the resonance like so okay let’s hear this part now go back to frequency whatever is red is the one that has automation as well that might be a little bit too dramatic but it is

really interesting just clicking down here the ones that are red are the ones that have automation let’s just drag it down a little bit okay and let’s say we want to just automate the volume keep it nice and simple we can click on volume here and then just gradually fade the volume down now let’s hear this and you should hear a fade in the volume of the bass sent part could also do the same of sense say we want to actually add some reverb you can automate this as well so I’ve just clicked on this button here which is descend there we have the return track a return check brie so we can send to return track a and return track B but I only want to actually add reverb at the end so I’m just going to automate some reverb for this bass part as well let’s hear this back so the volume should go down so if we look a master volume of the synth and then a girl mixer the reverb will increase so we will increase this reverb or we send the trap to the reverb units and will also decrease the volume so let’s hear this bitmap could do a similar kind of thing with a synthesizer let’s just click on here so this will send to return track a which is this one here which has or reverb units so all you do is click on this and then just add on some reverb here as well increase let’s do a similar kind of thing let’s go on let’s click on this track and go on volume and we’re just going to automate the volume down a little bit so let’s hear this so this riff here this synth parts the lead part it should increase in reverb and decrease in volume okay to add a fade as well for the drums just gradually fade it down so there’s loads of things we can do in the arrangement view it just makes it really interesting to write music in the session view but call it into the arrangement view and then go through fine tweaked and tuned and automate parts in the arrangement view like I said you can go but this window here and you can add audio effects in the arrangement view it’s the same as a session view so don’t just always rely on the session view the arrangement view is very useful especially for mixing arranging tweaking and editing your audio and your MIDI in Ableton Live time so that’s how you can automate and that’s how you can edit using the arrangement view so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture okay in this lecture I’m going to quickly make a song in the session view and I’ll explain my process along the way so if you’re new to Ableton Live and you just want to jump in and start making music I definitely recommend watching this lecture so we’re going to start off with some drums so let’s go over to drum rack and I’ve got a few presets here but let’s actually start off and I’ll just delete my presets I’m it’s data we have some blank ones so here we go if you want more detail about the drum rack I recommend checking out the section on the drum rack but for now we’re just going to drag in samples and this will link up with our MIDI keyboard so let’s go on samples and I’m going to type in kick let’s get this kick drag it to c1 now I’m going to type in snare just get this one here have this one d1 and now I’m going to type in hats this one here let’s have this on F sharp one and let’s find another hat this one here let’s have this on G sharp okay we’ve got really simple drums here okay and down I’m going to double click on here this will open up some MIDI information and you’ll notice that the drums have appeared on the side now I’m going to hit B and this will bring up the pencil tool go to type in some drums notice there that one wasn’t on the beat I want that off the beat and snare I’m going to have 2 4 and hats I’m going to make a little pattern here type in some hats zoom in the zoom here if we zoom in we can look at this in more detail it’s gonna have another hat here so there is the drum parts okay drag this down and let’s just play that back really simple okay now I’m going to

add in a bass part let’s do this with MIDI so I’m going to go on instruments get rid of this search here where it says hats okay I’m going to choose analog I’m going to use a preset bass this one here drag this over to MIDI we’re going to type in some bass remember the drums was playing have a look at the drums it was playing kick kick that weird beat there so a bit early and then kick so let’s make a bit of space actually okay here we have a lot more options but I’m just going to keep this in C minor okay and then go up to a flat okay and then go down to a b-flat this is all in C minor and drag this out a bit because I want this a bit longer than just one bar let’s have it’s let’s just have it two bars for this example okay so I’m going to hit be dragged all this over and then just copy and paste it or hold down alt so remember it went to see here if we hit this headphones we can actually hear what’s going on here move this to an F okay move this down to C and then this one go to a G okay let’s hear this back to play both of these clips at the same time we will have to hit this arrow button here okay starts good grief I don’t like the last note so let’s change the last note to something else let’s hear it but now it’s kind of a C minor and then we go to NS it’s kind of a C / F so it’s C – still but of F in the bass so we can just really just play a C minor chord and a fit over all of this so I’m going to copy this hit command C then command V let’s copy this track over okay I’m going to actually choose a different preset let’s go on analog again this time I’m going to choose let’s choose synth keys okay maybe not them you can audition these sounds make sure the headphone icon is on here sometimes the sounds might not be suitable this one here drag this over and it will replace okay now we’ve got the MIDI information from the bass so we know what to work with which is quite interesting I’m going to do is first of all hit command a hit shift and up that moves everything up an octave so it can do as I’m going to add a harmony of an octave and a fifth so I’m going to select alt okay and then I’m going to drag each one up I’m going to make a harmony of an octave and a third so let’s drag this up a minor third and see – that one it’s actually an e-flat button here it comes up the shops so you’ll notice that flats actually come up with shops so we’ve got this one here which is a d sharp or E flat and a further is this major third G this one is an A flat open octave and are preferred as a major third which is a D and then we have an F up a minor third which is a G sharp or a flat and then we have this one which is a signal to a D sharp and D sharp again so now we’ve got a bit for harmony going playing the bass line up an octave and another octave with third riff go now we’ve got bass line and we’ve got a riff so what we could do which is a thing I like to do is now go back to the base and add a bit more rhythm this is more of a riff now so we can add a few more notes so you have a bit more movement in this part just going to copy this over this ribbon okay and now I have a bit more ribbon and a bit more movement could even make it a bit straighter if you wish a moment is quite syncopated it depends on what you’re after so I’m just going to move a few of these

let’s find out where that was I got that wrong that wasn’t the C we’re making music it’s not always going to be perfect so that was actually a b-flat that’s why we heard that class sound because it wasn’t the correct notes drag this back so this is just a lecture really to show you how you can quickly make loops and patterns in their session view okay so that’s really how we can build up layers and then say we want another bass part we can just hit down alt drag this down and now we can click on this maybe we just want one note going along just one note consistently so what we could do is drag all these down to C so we’ve got the same pattern just one note add a bit of variation into our parts okay so it’s to see you all fit over see very simple part you can right click this and color it differently and now when I play one thing is make sure you’re not in the red peaking is not very good it can ruin your sound so just to drop some of this down a bit and now we’re not peeking let’s go to the bass part we could do a similar kind of thing with this sim part here we can hold down alt drag it down and kind of use the same trick just going to move this all down to see you we do need to turn this into a minor so there we go this one as well so we’re moving it all to C and E flat or D sharp as it says in Abel’s in life you can do a lot of this by ear or you can look at the notes on the side okay now when we play back we’ll have this part color this again I can add the other part go back to live one by clicking ok and now we can change some of these drums around so we’ve got that main drum kit I’m going to hold down alt drag it down click on here and now I’m going to take out all these snares just these two snares okay and then going to right click let’s color this different just so I know it’s a different part drag down double click and now let’s get rid of the snares and the high hats so we’ve just got that kick color this right click different color and now let’s do one more where it’s just the snares and the high hats so we need to actually drag this first one because we want the high hats and the snares double click on this so and basically just get rid of the kicks okay now we’ve got a bit of an arrangement going here so let’s start off actually with just the kicks which is this first one so it’s drag all this Darrin or we can hit command and I which will start which will add in a new section here so we’re going to start with just this here just the kick and the base directly sends over to the side okay we’re gonna start with this base so it’s just the one note and then build up with this one with the other note and then we can add in the other synth parts of the park with more movement if you see here but we’re gonna keep this one note bass going and then we’re going to add in this base with more notes but we’re actually going to swap the symp to the part with just one note and then we’re going to add in the part with all the notes and we can add in the base of all the notes and then we’re going to find the kick and then when this comes in here and then we’re going to add in the full drum kit which is this one here this blue one so let’s and then when this kicks in this purple bit we’re going to add in this blue bit of all the drums kicking in and here this differently so no it’s a different part this is basically just a very very very fast arrangement and it’s going to do this add the drums and again and go back to the original part oh that’s just the kick and then go back to just that simple part and then finish like so so that’s a very very quick arrangement you might not be able to do this as quick if you’ve just started but it’s just a way of showing you how you can quickly get clips together because the main thing I

struggled with Ableton Live is getting used to this clip view get a new swatch leave making music and clips so it’s a very quick wave how you can do it MIDI information and using samples so now we just need to play through these arrows here and then just feel the beat feel when to change I’m going to play a quick arrangement in though I think that starts a little bit too abrupt so hit command and I add in a new section here so drag this down just start with the bass and the drums and then I’m actually going to add in a new section here and just drag this down and then bring the drums back again into here this killer gray isn’t really the best because it’s quite hard to see what’s actually going on I’m just going to select all of these gray ones hold down the command button and then just choose another color there we go and how you can see what’s going on that one there go away so let’s select that as well it’s a different blue it’s not the correct one because there’s so many different tones here sometimes you can get it wrong but all I really need to know is how to actually see the difference and there’s a little sneaky trick we can do now is we just hit record at the same time and this will actually record into the arrangement now hit play and if we hit the tab button you can see it’s recording into the arrangement okay and I’m going to hit this play button here and this will trigger the next row clips ready ready and now one mistake I want to change there is want it to change every four bars not every one bar because I want to have this as kind of a four bar phrase so I can make some changes really quickly and it won’t change straight away so here you’ll notice we have all this information I’m going to hit this button and just delete it all drag it and delete and then go back and rerecord so remember all we need to do is hit this record button and then trigger your clips so now it’s going to change every four bars rather than every bar ready to make changes on the fly while recording which is pretty cool like there are just deleted that part and there are let’s trigger in the next part good delete the space part now I’ve got a new section ready and now the new part now altogether you can always go back actually we don’t have to go down in a linear fashion so we’re going to go back to the start and there so it doesn’t have to be going down in order we can go back and forth for however we want which is really interesting so for live performance or if you just decide you want something different whilst you’re recording you can just quickly bang this in so I’m going to go back to this part here and now this orange part here and I’m going to go down let’s skip to here we could even stop this part here hit this square button this will stop this drum clip now I can add the drums back in really now I’m going to add the space pattern now we’re going to change the drums now we’re going to build up let’s change these simps ready 1 2 3 4 now

let’s add this of a bass part end now let’s take the drums out let’s change the bass part now we go to change the drum part and the synth part now I’m going to soak at the base now goes soaked out the drums now I’m going to stop the simps we can fade down as well okay and then hit stop and there we go that’s how you can really quickly make a song in Ableton Live for hit their tablet in now and hit this little triangle here this is actually recorded all of this what I just did into the arrangement view which is absolutely fantastic in my opinion you can just record something in on the fly make a quick arrangement and Ableton Live record the end that was over free three minutes that recorded the whole bit in so if I just play back now there we go we’ve got the drums the simps we’ve got the bass and we can always go in here and change stuff around so you might notice right at the end I drop the volume on the synthesizer so let’s hear this at the end you can see there the volume actually changed so we can actually go in and automate this volume and change around in the arrangement view which we’ll be looking at later on but that’s how you do it that’s how you can quickly make a song in Ableton Live with that take about 10 minutes or so 15 minutes and that was a full song maybe not the best song but it’s a good example of how you can just quickly put in ideas but this could build into something good there’s some nice ideas there and you could always go back to the session view rerecord this in if you wanted to delete what you just did in the arrangement view or maybe save as and save this as a different copy file save as then just quickly make music so I wanted to just film this lecture just to show you how easily and how quickly you can make music in Ableton Live 10 so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture okay now we’re going to have a look at the MIDI editor so let’s first of all create a MIDI clip so in our MIDI instrument here I just dragged in analog presets and then all you need to do is just double click on this blank slot and this will open up at the MIDI editor we can resize the MIDI editor by dragging up and we can actually go back to the device view by clicking the button here or we can use the key command shift and tab and that will toggle between the MIDI editor and the device for you so we have a few different things going on here in the MIDI editor we have the bar numbers at the top and then to the left we have the piano roll so we have the notes of the piano if you’d like to hear some of these notes as you click them make sure you have this little headphone icon enabled let’s just draw in some notes now to do this we need to activate the pencil tool we can hit the pencil tool button up here or we can just press B on our keyboard and that will bring up the pencil tool so I’m just going to type in a few notes okay you’ll notice down here that we have some velocity so it goes from one two one two seven one two seven is maximum velocity and one is minimum velocity zero will be off or no velocity so we can edit the velocity of the pencil tool or we can hit B again and we can just drag down the velocity of these instruments little circle on the end of this line we can also zoom in or zoom out by scrolling up to the top here you’ll notice there’s a magnifying glass so you can click and drag down to zoom in or click and drag up to zoom out you can also use the buttons plus and minus on your keyboard to zoom in or zoom out we can also click on the notes and drag them around or we can change the length we can all by hitting command a drag them all around we can drag them up or down in octave by hitting shift and up arrow for open octave or shift and down for down octave this allows us to quickly change octaves of our notes in the top left we have the fold button and what this will do it will only actually display the notes that we are using this is most

useful for drums for example if you’re using a drum kit and you just have say a kick a snare a high hats and a crash cymbal you don’t really want all the notes of the piano roll because that can get a bit confusing you would just really want the notes that you are using however if you’re playing a more harmonic instrument like a piano you probably will want fold deselected and you will want to see all of the notes if you’re on a Mac you can use the key command command and alt and this will create this hand icon which allows you to scroll up quickly if you’re on a PC it will be ctrl + alt ok if you move your cursor upwards you’ll notice that a speaker sign will appear so when you click now obviously space bar to pause and spacebar to play the clip as well going back to the pencil tool if we draw in a note or several notes you’ll notice it will snap to the grid we can and do this by hitting command and Z as well so we can change the grid amount if we right-click you’ll notice we can go down to fixed grid at the moment it’s set to 1/16 notes but we can change it to adaptive grid so adaptive grid will give us more lines as we zoom in so let’s try adaptive grid now you’ll notice it’s a lot less lines but as we zoom in more lines will actually appear as we see Magan it’s a lot tighter than it was before so if you want to make some really intricate parts but aren’t necessarily set to a beat division adaptive grid can be very useful we can change it back to a fixed grid by right-clicking and going back to fixed grid we can zoom out again with this magnifying glass then we have the loot markers up here the top one is the loop and the bottom one is the start points and on the right is the end points so we could have the loop starting here the actual loop could just be this part here so let’s just play this loop now you’ll notice when I play it you’ll start here and it will loop around this section so that’s basically the MIDI editor it’s a quick overview of how you can start to edit your own MIDI information in Ableton Live 10 so thank you for watching I hope you found this useful and I’ll see you in the next lecture hi and welcome to this lecture where we’re going to look at setting up a microphone and recording audio so I do recommend using headphones if you came to record audio and it’s actually quite straightforward in Ableton life so in the session view you have audio tracks up here to create a new audio track you can use the key command command T or go over to crate insert audio track on the PC it will be ctrl T and here will be some audio tracks you do get two audio tracks as the defaults and if we click on here you’ll notice we get all these settings so we have audio from audio – for now let’s leave audio – to master so this track will get sent over to the master track and audio from you will have to select your audio interface and your microphone so if you have an audio interface you can select it here if you don’t have an audio interface you can use the built-in mic on your computer but that’s not generally very good so do you recommend getting a microphone and an audio interface what type of microphone you want really does depend on what you want to record but for now let’s just select on here and let’s choose external in you can see here I’ve got a microphone coming through and this is just on one channel so I’m going to select one if you don’t have your microphone coming through here you will have to go into the Preferences so go on to live the top left go down to preferences and then go on audio and here we’ll have the input device which is my audio interface which is called Shore digital and the output device I’m using the built-in output you don’t have to use the same output as input and here you can see this gray line appear so when I’m make sound into the microphone you can see it appear in this gray line if we have monitored in then we will hear this it’s actually a separate microphone to the one speaking in now so if I talk in this microphone here you can hear obviously the audio and you can see it with this green line here I recommend just having it on auto and then we can record in some audio in the session view it’s really

straightforward all we need to do is hit this little circle here and make sure the track is armed by selecting this button here down here so it gets changed to red do you recommend having the metronome on if you want to record in time so just let this metronome button up here then all I need to do is just select one of these little circles I’ve got a small shaker so I’m just going to record in a shaker I hit the stop button okay then just gonna take the first bar of this so I can just drag this back to here and then when I play this back you know loops around the right okay later on we will look at actually warping this audio so making this go in time kind of quantizing the audio so it’s actually in time and it’s really straightforward to do in the arrangement view as well all we need to do is hit the tab button or hit this button up here to go to the arrangement view it’s very similar all we need to do is just make sure external in is selected here and then choose input it depends on what input you’re plugged into on your audio interface I’m going to select one monitor I’m going to have it on auto if you don’t want to hear this back you could have it on off and the audio I want this to get sent to the master so hit master make sure this red dot is selected here and then just select and hit record I’ve got two bar countin then recording some audio okay we can see the audio here if you play it back you can hear the audio same kind of thing we can drag the lamp we can change it around here but we will look at warping in a later lecture so that’s basically a quick way of recording audio in Ableton Live you want to go back to the session view just hit tab then we can hear this here and we can also go over to the arrangement view hit this little triangle button over here and this will play the audio from the arrangement view so that’s how you can record audio in Ableton Live and that’s how you can set up a microphone so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture thank you for watching this video so far I hope you finding it useful if you like to continue learning after this course then be sure to check out my complete Ableton Live 10 course which is over 10 hours long you can get this course for only $10 if you check out the coupon in a description below I also offer over at digital music masters com an academy and a mentorship program if you’d like to learn even more with me after this video so let’s continue we’ve got a lot more to learn and thank you again we’re sticking with me and I’ll see you in the next lecture okay now let’s have a look at warping the audio so warping really allows us to put this audio in time so when we’re playing in the audio we’re not always going to play it in perfectly if you’re recording say jazz music maybe you might want a bit of Swing you might want some human elements to it but for a lot of electronic music you might really want it what and you might really want it perfectly in time so all you do is click on our audio track a little clip here and then we can zoom in with this magnifying glass here and we can leave bits by hitting this loop button so a loop around around and we have the start point of the loop the end point of the loop and above here we have the loop markers so first thing we need to do is make sure warp is selected if warp isn’t selected we would just have a clip like this with no dots or anything above or below just a time scale if we select warp you’ll notice we have these little dots here so what we can actually do is we can go in and drag these around and move the audio so it preserves if we double click it will create these little yellow dots and this will preserve the audio so if I move this one around you’ll notice before and after is not affected depending on how well you actually played this part in is how close it will be to the bars or to the beats so let’s just track this in I was playing sixteenth notes so let’s just fix this and just click in and try and make this perfectly in time so I believe it was just like this so it’s quite a simple pattern and say for example there I want it to walk from here I can just double-click and move this marker Ableton generally does a pretty good job but sometimes it’s not always correct so just double click and move it in place and that’s the best way really to warp it in and I think that’s right let’s have a listen let’s just play it back and it should loop around around make sure loop is

selected weird double time thing going on there so I didn’t quite get that right it could either go in and correct that but for now for this example I’m just going to use this first section so there we go for a loop at some time if I put the metronome on we can check can always go in and correct a few more things as well I don’t really like that first one it’s cut off if you look so we could always start from a different loop point so you could start from say here you always drag this first one forward get a bit of a shuffle going so it’s not completely in time so I’m just going to shuffle this beat around so it’s not bang on the beat which could be interesting but you do have to go in and correct it really it can take a bit of time but that’s really how you can warp you can do it manually by dragging around say I wanted to start from here I don’t want the rest of this I just want this to start I can right click and go and set 1.1.1 from here and that sets one from there you can also right click and crop sample and this will crop the rest of the samples so we’ve just got this little section now we have the segment BPM so this will allow the little segment so we can drag it around like this then we can double time it or half time it with these here so here notice this will go a lot faster or you can half time it even slower so you can get some interesting sounds here so below this as well we have the warp types who have beats so if you’ve got a beat like this with a lot of transients I do recommend using beats then you have tones if you have a different type of sound probably not for drums texture Reap itch complex and complex Pro complex and complex Pro will be the most accurate ones but there will use up the most CPU I do recommend going through all of these and having a listen you can really hear the difference when you slow it down so let’s slow this right down this is texture let’s go to tones so tones will try and preserve the tones a bit more refit which will obviously slow the pitch down like a record because the ones will actually preserve the pitch the reap itch will play it’s more natural pitch we’ve got complex let’s try complex and then we’ve got complex Pro we have a few more controls for complex prey we can choose the formants and also the envelope so with what mode we can really create some unique sounds wouldn’t normally think of that little shaker has been turned into something a lot more experimental now especially at the end we could even just loop the N bit we wanted to of course we could also transpose this with a transpose button so this is actually turned into an effect more than a drum shaker now you can change the volume here with the decibels be tuned if you wish then there’s a few more options and the clip so you can actually go in and change some of the envelopes so this is a volume envelope there clip we can select transposition modulation grain size a few other ones if you just want to get started warping I recommend having a look at this warp feature because it can allow you to create some really interesting sounds we have trigger mode as well but this is more for live performance which we’ll be looking at later on but for now if you want to warp audio just jump in double click on the audio move these little orange parts around and then there ya experiments and just try and get it in time so thank you for watching this lecture just about warping in Ableton Live 10 hi in this lecture we’re going to look the main preferences in Ableton Live 10 so these are the preferences to get up and running and to start making music so it’s go to preferences you click on life and then go on preferences for a PC I believe is under options and here we have a few different settings on the side here so look feel here we can choose our language and here we can zoom

the display in I currently have the display zoomed in you can either zoom this out and it will fit to size as well so I’d like to have 150 person personally that’s just me though because I do create lectures so it is easier if it’s zoomed in a bit more okay going down we do have theme so we can choose different themes we have lights dark Live 9 the default is mid light but go through and choose the ones are quite like dark but it really doesn’t matter too much it just depends on what used to then we have the brightness if you want to make a brighter or not double click to go back to the default color intensity the hue as well so we can change the hue can get a little – yeah but too much so I’m just going to bring it back to the default okay going down we have audio so the default for max is the core audio and here we have input devices so for audio inputs so this is for your audio interface if you want to record any audio such as a microphone or say a guitar then if you click on this your audio interface should appear here mine’s a scarlett 2i2 and same with outputs you could have it appear here as well if you just make a music who have MIDI or just on your laptop with no microphones you don’t actually need an audio interface to do this you can select built-in input and built-in output and then we have sample rates 44100 or 48,000 Dabo fine then we have buffer size the lower we go the less latency we might get if your computer is struggling maybe increase your buffer size but the default one is absolutely fine then we have test tone this is just a test that your speakers are working really and your outputs working you can change the tone you can change the volume okay and going along we have a link MIDI so if you have a MIDI device a MIDI keyboard or say a MIDI controller like a plush – it will appear here the moment I’ve just got my MIDI keyboard plugged in which is this oxygen 25 and here we have track and remote turned on so track basically means we can play notes on the keyboard and remote means you can actually sync this to certain devices or knobs enable some life so for example you want a MIDI map something to a knob on your controller or a dial make sure remote is also turned on now though we don’t need output turned on you can leave this on off if your controller does not appear automatically down here which normally will you can find it in this drop-down box here where it has most of the compatible controllers are used in Ableton Live ok going down we have file folder so here in plug-in sources this is where you can rescan your plugins so if you have any external plugins say for example any external keyboards or any plugins by companies such as waves or native instruments or anyone like that that have third-party synthesizers or plugins you can rescan them here these are plugins though that are not included in Ableton Live from other manufacturers a lot of the time they are paid plugins as well and if you are using a Mac you will get audio units of using a PC it be vsts but Mac actually does allow you to vsts and a use audio units as well ok going down we have a library I wouldn’t really worry about this too much and we have record warp so you can choose a file type so you could have AIFF or well eva’s absolutely fine bit-depth 24’s fine counting I do like to have 2 bars of counting or 8 clicks so when you record you’ve got a bit of time to prepare yourself ready to play okay going down we have warp modes it can choose your default warp mode there is a lecture about warping in this tutorial series so if you do want to learn more about warping make sure you have a look at that ledger but beats is fine and this one’s quite important create fades on clip edges so this is basically to stop the pop sounds at the end of Clips it will create cross fades so just get rid of some of the popping sounds we have launch mode as well down here I wouldn’t worry about this too much if you’re brand-new tables in life and then going down we have licenses where you can have a look at your Ableton license so this is just a quick run few of the Preferences because I know sometimes when you open up a digital audio workstation when you’re brand new to it you don’t want to go through all the Preferences you just want to jump in and start making music straight away so I thought I’d just give you a quick rundown so you can go in and

just set this up as soon as possible so you can start making your music I’d give you I never run through so you have the look feel you have the zoom display you can have the theme audio this is where you set up your audio interface give you sample rate and your buffer size then link MIDI this is where you can set up your external MIDI controllers or MIDI devices file folder this is where you can scan for your audio units or VST s your third-party plugins or synthesizers library I wouldn’t worry about that too much right now what mode you can choose your file type and your warp mode and that’s basically it so I hope you find this lit so I hope you found this lecture useful just so you can just understand the preferences quickly go in and start making music hello and welcome to the lecher are we going to be talking backpacks so in Ableton Live we have a lot of different packs available to us so if we go to the clip mode here you’ll notice we’ve got a lot of different clips and samples I’ve also got a lot of different samples these are not all included with Ableton Live however you will have to download these and not all of them are free I have been using Ableton Live for a while and have built up a collection of packs you don’t need them although you can make some great music without all of these packs but if you do want to follow along and use the exact same packs I use you can use this by going to the Ableton site and then just click on packs so here there’s a lot of different packs there’s 189 different ones I don’t have all of these but I do have quite a few to access the packs you have to go on user select your user accounts and then go down to music and then go down to Ableton and then go down to factory packs so this is where the packs are kept if you download these and there is another way to view your packs as well if you’re not using a Mac using a PC I recommend using this way of finding your packs so go up to live in the top left go to preferences and then go to library and here it says at location of user library and it’s the exact location I just said user Thomas George music Ableton use a library it might be slightly different if it’s on their PC but you can click on this browse button and this will actually allow you to choose a directory for your user library and below it says installation folder for packs and here same again you can choose the installation directory for factory packs so this is where the packs are you can change you to a different location if you wish and remember just go to the Ableton site to download the packs like I said not all of these packs are free some of them may cost a bit of money it really depends on how seriously you want to take this if you want to produce full time if you want to take music production seriously I do recommend paying for a few of the packs but maybe just start off with the free ones there is a section here free just go down and download all the packs I recommend you can get some great stuff here but however like I said you might have to pay for some of these you can’t get software instruments as well but some of them like the wavetable synth is included in a live suite and of ones like the sampler or the operator our amp you can just download that’s basically it that’s how you can access the packs you can also choose it by genre so if you click on all and genre instruments you could choose say dubstep and then there’s loads of different ones here I don’t have all of these I’ve got a few of them and if you do want to use the exact same packs I’ve got just have a look at the PDF download that is included with this lecture and here will be all of the packs that I’ll be using like I said I do actually have quite a few these are some of the packs here but yeah if you want to get the exact same ones I recommend just download or just have a look at the PDF that’s included with this lecture and then you can use the exact same packs as me if you wish some of them though like I said aren’t free for example orchestral brass if we just type this into the pack search so if you go on all I’ve just opened this in the incognito window and you notice the brass is actually 129 your ace so yeah some of them aren’t that cheap really however it can be useful but it really depends on how serious you want to take this you can follow along with all of these lectures without having the exact same packs I just picked some of them by random a lot of the time and I’ve got so many packs I’d hear lose track of which ones are free and which ones are paid however don’t worry if you don’t have the paid packs because you can still make fantastic music or just the free ones so thank you for watch this lecture just about accessing the packs remember just go to the Ableton sites and if you want to find a location just go up to preferences on Ableton

Live and then just go on library and he can actually choose a location for the pack so thank you for watch this lecture you’ve got any questions about packs feel free to start a discussion so thanks for watching and I’ll see you in the next one hi in this lecture we’re going to look at the session view so the session view is this view here in Ableton Live we have two views we have the session view and of course we have the arrangement view we can swap between these by hitting the tab view but in this lecture we’re going to look at the session view so Ableton Live is unique because it actually offers these two views the session view and the arrangement view so you can use one of these workflows exclusively so you can use the session view or the arrangement view or you can use them both together so you can either hit tab to go between these two views or go over to the section on the right here the horizontal lines will be the arrangement view and the vertical lines will be the session view this is where the Ableton logo is actually built from this session view and arrangement view however when you move to the different views arrangement view and session view you notice the edges to this side here and this side here actually do stay the same the session view like I said it’s pretty unique to Ableton Live it’s similar to a mixer that allows us to actually add clips and create music on-the-fly quickly and make really fast arrangements the arrangement view is similar to of a digital audio workstations like Logic Pro or Pro Tools and also in the arrangement view it moves on a time scale so from left to right is time and up or down is instrument so you’ll notice at the top you have the bars and then at the bottom here you have the time in seconds and then in minutes so we can create these little boxes here by double-clicking and this will create on a MIDI tracks some MIDI information and so we can create several little boxes at the moment this information is blank the audio tracks you can’t double-click to add information will have to either record in audio or dragged in audio samples on the MIDI information we can quickly draw adding some information just by using this pencil button by hitting B or hitting B again to get rid of it can hit backs place all right click and delete these boxes these boxes are little clips of information so this can contain medium formation and we can process this MIDI information for an instrument to create a drumbeat synthesizer sound effect so you can quickly throw in bits of information if you’re new to Ableton Live this sessions you can look quite confusing you’ve probably used to this arrangement view the session view however once you get used to it allows you to quickly create music and you can make some really interesting stuff so most of these clips are normally four bars or eight bars could even be 2 bars one bars you can choose the length you want them to be and let’s actually just get a sample you’ll notice down here if you click on samples you’ll have a few different samples sieve news so a lot of these are one-shot samples or sound effects for things like kick drums snares guitar sounds or we can actually go to clips which will play more loops rather than sound effects or one-shot hits so we can click to preview these and if we have this little headphone icon on we can see some of these samples here is a loop you can double click on this and this will open as actually a MIDI effect because this opens in something called a drum rack if you’re new to drum racks don’t worry I do cover the drum rack extensively in this tutorial series so we have loads different things here we can drag them on so we’ve actually drag this below can have another clip using the same interim rack and then we can press the play button and that should go between these different drum racks however going down vertically you can’t have two Clips playing at the same time going along though you can have different Clips playing at the same time so just drag this over here you’ll notice it won’t actually play anything as MIDI information coming through this but the MIDI information has to process through an instrument to actually create some sound so if you go over to instrument F categories we could drag on the instruments say a operator synth if we click this little arrow here we get some presets so if you click on say guitar and plucked and drag this into the MIDI information it sound awful

because this is designed for a drum rack so if it’s designed for drums you’ll notice if you double click on this it will bring up some MIDI information and this isn’t really for a keyboard sound this is for drums so this is drum hits and the high hats and stuff like that so if so be careful when you’re loading a MIDI information that you get it for the right kind of instrument however if we click on say drum rack here and let’s choose one of these presets here that I’ve actually made you can drag this over and now when we play this flipping make sure you flips don’t go too loud we drop the volume down starting to sound more like the drunker this is quite a heavy trap sound drum kit so maybe this might not be the right sound it really does depend on what kind of sound you’re after okay we can delete these tracks here by hitting backspace or even right-clicking and going to delete until we’re left with one track and we can create a new track by going up to create and audio track or use the key command command T or insert MIDI track by using the key command shift command T this will open a new MIDI track you can have preset set on your MIDI track the one I have has a synthesizer called serum that is not included with Ableton Live so let’s just have a look at that quickly serum is a plug-in so if you click on plugins you’ll have your different plugins here these are from different third-party manufacturers that are not included with Ableton Live so it might be things like the waves plug-in it might be stuff like the UAD plugins it could be synthesizers like serum or native instruments massive these not included with Ableton Live you will have to purchase these from their websites and not through Ableton Live unfortunately so the clip view lets just open a few audio tracks so command T command T we’ve got some audio tracks so now we have two MIDI tracks two audio tracks so I’m going to open a project I was using previously and I’ll show you just some of the stuff I did there so I just quickly threw this together I just want to show you how the session view actually works because it is really important a lot of people when they’re new to Ableton Live can get confused by this session view because the arrangement view it looks like a lot of other digital audio workstations but this session view can look very different so if you click on this here so this is a synthesizer and after the synthesizer which processes this MIDI information into audio information we have an EQ an equaliser so let’s just play this leap we can click on any of these little Clips here by pressing this arrow button if we press one of these squares here it will stop the clip or we can press the square down here which will stop all of the clips going down we can also play the clips horizontally by hitting this little play button here so this will play all of these clips here you can drag move these around so if I press this little play button here this will play this base clip and it will play this drum kit you can also stop the clips by pressing the spacebar you’ll notice they’re still lit up these clips if I press the spacebar again it will play clips again if we go down we can stop all of the clips by hitting this square button in the bottom right and now when I press spacebar nothing is playing you can go through and trigger different clips together so you could play that one stop this one play this one stop this one stop this one so I’m just going for it and playing free so on the fly if you have a lot of different clips you can just quickly make loads of music so what I’m going to do now is just hold down alt like other applications on Mac and I’m just going to drag this over and I’m just going to go through and go into this MIDI editor which you can actually drag to make bigger so I’m just going to go through and just delete the second half that’s all it is just drag over and delete so now this is actually a different kind of clip you can right-click and color this difference just so I know that’s a different kind of clip same of this piano sound I’m going to hit option or alt right-click that’s color that’s different and then I’m just going to change this a bit I’m just going to copy this MIDI information just so it’s a bit different this is just an example how you can quickly throw some clips together same with these drums here I’m just going to click on this it’s going to get rid of all these percussion parts apart from that one and then I’m just going to right-click that let’s make that different colors the rest so let’s

choose say this one okay this is just a really quick way of creating an arrangement in the session for do you recommend spending a lot more time than this however for examples sake let’s just go through and make a quick arrangement in the session view so what I’m doing now is just dragging these parts down okay this is real time as well and then you can play these different rows you can play these horizontal parts so all of these parts here all at the same time scroll along if there’s any more by hitting this button here this little play button so I’m going to play this now and notice it’s just playing the drums so next it will play the different drum kit so this one has some different information to this one we can click on the clips just to see the information and let’s play this with the play button and it should hopefully bring in this straight EP there’s pianos and electric piano and this plastic vibraphone synthesizer sound and let’s continue with this if you even go free just click certain ones who want to change like this in real time so we can flick these parts individually by going through and clicking them or we can click on the horizontal rows over here now we can hit stop by hitting the spacebar or stopping all clips down here or stopping there in individual instruments by hitting this square button so that’s really how you can quickly go in and start making music and what we’re going to look at later on is we can actually record this performance so what i did that i played the different clips i made a bit of a performance we can record this into the arrangement view and then we can go through and fine-tune some of these instruments so you could add some effects we could change a few things around we can mix it we can make it more of a track and that’s the great thing about Ableton Live the hood show you this lecture quickly just so you know what’s exactly going on in Ableton life because that’s one of the most amazing things about life is you have this session view here you can just quickly throw in music it’s absolutely fantastic so going along down here in the session view you’ll notice we have a few other things like I said it’s similar to a mixer we have mother’s are here so obviously you can hear me speak now you can turn monitor off you have the audio from so you can see here the microphone is coming through here and then we have master audio to master so all the audio it can get sent from one track to another one but in the end it will all get sent to this master track so this master track has all the audio from the different tracks and then we have stuff like sends so you can send reverb and different effects through these which we will be looking at later on there we have a pan knob to make the audio go left and right track activator or we can mute the tracks who can turn a track on or off we can arm the track so you can make it record ready by hitting these little red buttons we can solo the tracks we have the track meter here so you can see the level coming through so for example here you can see the level coming through we have a few other things in this window as well if we have little arrows as well so if we click this little arrow in the top left you’ll notice this browser sections actually gum we can bring it back by hitting this little arrow down here this is very useful if you’re new to Ableton Live we have the info view so if you hover over say this here you’ll notice it will say track pan in the bottom left adjust the tracks position in the stereo field by clicking here and dragging up or down over here it says sounds browser sound click here to view all of your instrument racks and instrument presets organized by the type of sound they make so it basically just tells you what’s going on which can be really really useful you can hide this all as well by hitting the arrow but I do recommend if you’re new to Ableton Live just leave this open the whole time until you know what stuff actually does we have never arrow as well down here so notice this will show and hide this editor as well so this is for editing MIDI and this is for editing audio you can click this and this to hide that open up a bit more space so if you’re doing a live performance for example you might want to have a lot more space available so you could hide all of these different triangles on the side you can bring them back here as well so here we have stuff let the tempo and the meter of the track time signatures the metronome in the next lecture we’re going to navigate around Ableton Live in a bit more details so I’ll show you what all this thing’s actually do above here and yeah

I thought I’d just show you this lecture so you can quickly just start going in the session view messing around finding sounds finding samples finding presets and just going in and just experimenting and making music in the next lecture we’re going to navigate in a bit more detail Ableton Live and then in a future lecture also going to have a look at this browser section here so if you want to know about this more detail I recommend having a look at the browser lecture I recommend going into Ableton Live now experimenting with the session view to start making some music start making some beats just clicking on stuff seeing what stuff does and then coming back to these lectures and having a look in more detail what some of the stuff actually does so thank you for watching this lecture and I’ll see you in the next one okay so going along up here we have the control bar this has things like the tempo the tap tempo we can choose the time signature the metronome we also have a quantization here then going across we have the arrangement position and then we have the transport control so play stop record so going along we have some of the overdubbing features then we have some controls for mapping keyboard MIDI mapping and then we have some system performance indicators that the CPU and also if there’s MIDI information coming in from external MIDI devices we’re going to go through more of these when we need them because if you’re new to Ableton Live and explaining exactly what some of these things do it’s not really in context so the best thing to do is carry on through these lectures and when we go in and start making music and explain what the instruments do or the audio effects do what the MIDI effects do max for life the plugins are clips the samples the places when we go through all of this it will make a lot more sense I don’t really want to go through some of these over technical things to start with I want to go in and start making music start experimenting having a look at this session view having a look at the arrangement view just start putting in beat start putting in ideas start getting loops and then we explained in detail how you can use more of these features and able some life but the most important thing is to just start so I recommend just go into Ableton Live now and just start playing with some ideas the next lecture we’re going to have a look at this browser feature over here so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture hi and welcome to this lecture to be looking at the browser the browser is this section over here you can open and close it with this little triangle it allows you just to go in and choose instrument sounds effects that kind of thing you also have this feature here favorites we can save your favorites and let’s just go down we have sounds so this has some of our presets of course we can just click on these to audition them just make sure this headphone is actually toggled on this blue little headphone and then you can just audition these hear what they sound like you can double click to insert the sim but what this will actually do is it replace the instruments and your MIDI track so before I did have a drum kit now it’s playing this ambient swell so if you hit command + Z or bring it back so what you can do is drag it onto a new MIDI track if there’s not a new MIDI track I recommend creating a new MIDI track shift command T shortcut or going to create up here insert MIDI track you can just drag these over to the MIDI tracks there you go and now we have this ambience well and you can expand this by hitting this little arrow here notice that hasn’t actually dragged in and Eclipse it’s just brought in this instrument because you all have to actually add your own clips so remember if you double click on this MIDI information here you’ll get this MIDI note editor if you hit the B button you can draw in some notes if you hit the B button again it will get rid of this little pencil you can hear these notes if this headphone icon is toggled on backspace to delete okay I’m going quite fast but I do want to kind of get through the essential setup in Ableton Live because the most fun part really is going in and learning what the simps do were learning what the effects do and actually make music but at the same time this stuff is important because if you don’t know how to use this it will hinder your performance in actually creating music and actually making sounds or live performance in Ableton life so the sounds will give you a load of different sounds you can just quickly go in and find some sounds to say you’re after a piano sound you can go down find piano and keys you can just have a look here abstract piano go down grand piano

Grampy iPad or you can go to the search engine here let’s type in piano and sound it’ll bring up all the different piano sounds okay and then going down we have drums of course this will have drums you actually have different drum kits weren’t actually dragging these samples here so if you drag this over to this MIDI instrument again can take a moment or two to load and you’ll notice it’s not actually playing the drum kit the preview will give you a drum beats however you will have to program your own drum beats in in this drum section this is for drum kit so you can go through audition some of these say this one was quite nice so like this you can drag this in and this will give you something called a drum rack I do recommend checking out the lectures on the drum rack I’m not going to explain that now because it is quite in-depth there’s a lot of different functions and features in the drum rack and I have several lectures just on the drum rack so recommend if you want to have a look at creating your own racks so creating basically a drum kits with different sounds inside one MIDI instrument definitely check out the drum rack section okay so we have drum hits Bell Congo Bongo claps loads of stuff going down there’s tons of them in Ableton Live Suites and instruments we have the different instruments as well I’ve got a lecture about these so if you want to have a look at say this wave table which is brand new to Ableton Live tend to have a look at the wave table lectures but we can go in and just drag some of these presets like before we can just click on these to preview them just make sure this little headphone icon is on this is really useful you can just quickly hear what type of sound you’re going to get and if you do like this drag it over like before and then you will have to go in and add some MIDI information some of this can be quite daunting but remember have a look at the lectures on this section about wave table and the other synthesizers so we’ve got loads of different ones here at lowes to choose from we have audio effects this is stuff like EQ compression reverb that kind of thing there’s loads of lectures about this in the course as well so I’m not going to go through all of these now because there’s a lot here and it’s quite a detailed thing and then we have MIDI effects this stuff ler arpeggiators and the difference between audio effects and MIDI effects is that audio effects processes the audio so this is after it’s gone through the instrument the MIDI effects is before it goes to the instrument so a MIDI effect like an arpeggiator will go here before the instrument and an audio FET like a chorus will go here after instruments so I’m just going to drag this down turn this monitor salty and you’ll notice when they play key you have some of this these dots here so this is MIDI information it gets processed into this arpeggiator you can hit a different rate of that page later then it goes into this instrument that processes and changes this MIDI information into audio and you’ll see here we get some audio and then it goes into this effect which is a chorus so you can obviously change some of these features for the chorus but that’s just a quick overview of the difference between MIDI effects and audio effects there’s a lot of different ones in Ableton Live suite if you’re using a different version of Ableton Live like Ableton Live standard or Ableton Live intro you might not have as many instruments or the effects on MIDI effects and then going down we have max for live max for live is very detailed it’s basically a way of actually programming your own sounds we will look at that later on in the course so if you want to have a look at Max for live check that out then we have plugins so this is for third-party plugins so companies like Native Instruments waves UAD that kind of thing they will be in here if you have a Mac you have audio units and vsts if you’re using a PC to use Ableton Live you will just have vsts so none of these will actually come with Ableton Live so I’m not really going to go through these in this course because there’s so many different ones and that’s for a different class altogether that’s for a different course but if you do want to use any external instruments like I used their keyboard serum quite a lot it will be under Eva vsts or Audio Units but the instruments and the effects you get in Ableton Live are more than good enough to make very decent music of course you can get other external instruments other external plugins but generally they will cost money there are a few free plugins you can get online but the good ones normally you will have to pay for okay and going down we have clips so this will play different clips or different loops you will have to go down here and click to preview so we get stuff like percussion this one here we’re drum sample got some interesting stuff and of course we can search up here let’s search for pop so here we get drums pop let’s hear this

click again for it to stuff okay then you have samples so this can be one shots this can be drum hits snares kick drums that kind of thing can be sound effects crashes there’s some loops as well so if you want to build your own slams you want to do some sampling these samples can be very useful and then going down we have places to wave packs these are some packs that are available Ableton so you might not have these straightaway you might have to go in and download some of these packs you have user library as well so these are some racks and instruments that I’ve edited and created myself so when you do create your own presets they will be saved here then you have current folder so these are some of our folders as well and we can add folders so if you have loads of different sample packs and libraries that can be in these folders here and we can just simply create our own folder so that’s the browser feature in Ableton Live just remember we have favourites which can be quite useful so you can always save favorites then we have sounds so you can quickly go in and find some sounds drums you can go in and find some drum sounds instruments these are very detailed we’ll be covering this later in the course audio effects again it’s a lot of different ones here don’t worry if you don’t have Ableton Live Suite you’ll still have a fair few of these audio effects and MIDI effects as well so this is like I said effects that go before is processed into audio so this will process the MIDI information and Max for live which is quite complex I wouldn’t really look at Max for live right now if you’re brand new to Ableton Live if you’re intermediate or advanced max for life can be fun and interesting because you can really go in and customize your own sounds then we have plugins which are from third-party manufacturers so companies that are not able to live so other companies like I said waves you may do native instruments that kind of thing but you will have to buy them from their websites and install them and clips and then samples so thank you for its this lecture just about the Browse section and I’ll see you in the next one hello and welcome to this lecture where we’re going to deconstruct and analyze a tract that I’m actually currently working on so we’re going to start off with looking at the chord progression so in this track we’ve really got three different chord progressions we have this section here which is green this section here which is blue and then there’s another section over here with another chord progression so let’s just have a look through some of these chord progressions and I’m going to explain how I actually wrote these chords so first of all this is in the key of C minor but that doesn’t necessarily mean all the chords have to be in C minor I do throw in a D flat so this is a note that’s not in the key of C minor so temporarily it does actually change to a different key and I like to do this sometimes because it can add a bit of flavor and a bit of movement to your chord progression so let’s just have a quick listen to the first section so that’s the first chord progression this song has not been mix yet it’s still the ideas there I thought I’d show you this while I’m still in the writing phase so let’s just have a look at some of these chords so this first chord here is actually a C minor we know it’s a minor because we have the flattened third it fills a major it would be the sharp and third and next we have an a-flat so we have the a flat C E flat and a flat again an octave higher in Ableton Live it does come up as sharps and stair flats I normally look at C minor in terms of flats rather than sharps okay next we have quite a big chord here so it’s similar to the one we have a C and E flat a G and the B flats so this chord actually played by ear so it’s quite an unusual one it’s kind of a an A flat with a G in the bass but we do have the seventh of an A flat and we also have the second of no flat which is a B flat so it’s kind of a flat seven ad two over G because we have the G in the bass it’s quite a big kind of in-depth chord let’s have a listen to this in a different part of the song as well was this cord here I can add quite a bit

of richness to the track let’s just solo this main pad yeah so just add a bit of tension as well these this call and we do release it in the next chord which is simply just an F minor so the F minor has an F a C enough again and then the flattened third which is the difference between the major and the minor in most cases so we have this C minor then we have the a flat then we build a bit of tension with this third chord which is a kind of an A flat seven add two over G quite a complex chord and then we release it again with this F minor let me go back to the C minor and then we have another interesting chord it’s quite a simple chord doesn’t actually fit in the key this is a D flat major so we have the D flat because in the key signature of C minor there isn’t a D flat so this creates a bit of movement as well because it has this kind of semi tonal shift and then we release it again with the F minor okay and then we have the last chord which is basically a G minor with a lot of space so this chord progression is really about tension and release I want to create a nice chord progression but now and again I want to add a bit of tension and then release so we can do this by building up kind of larger more unusual cause that can add tension or we can actually do this by creating a modulation so we’re moving to a different key and then we release back to the key so that’s what really what the first chord progression is about just creating tension and release to make the song in my opinion sound a bit more exciting then we have the second section which is kind of the verse and this just repeats the first two chords so you can see here we have the loop of all the chord progressions and this just repeats the C minor and the a-flat so it’s just a simple to chord progression just because I don’t want all this tension all the time to intros and kind of the chorus section we have this more complex chord progression but for the verse it’s just these two chords so when it does bring in this more interesting chord progression it makes it stand out a bit more and then we have this middle eight section so you have another section of chords so this has a lot more space you can see the chords aren’t as full suit create and more open sound so here we have C minor then we go to G minor and then we go to a F minor then we go to a kind of a G minor again then a C minor and then F minor so that’s this chord progression it’s not really too much about the exact notes you use I do recommend playing by ear as well as knowing your music theory but just remember if you want to make your music more exciting you can add suspense you could add tension by adding some unusual cause in there as long as you get a loop go around so the loops match the first chord and the last call or match each of it in between you can add stuff that’s a bit more exciting you can add stuff that doesn’t necessarily fit in key just to make it so more exciting so that was really the premise I had was creating this song I wanted to make a chord progression that added tension that added suspense and then got released and that’s really how I did it with this main chord progression here and then I just looped the first two chords then I had a more open section with less booked going on the chords as kind of a middle eight section just to add a new element into the track so that’s really the chord progression for this track in the next lecture we’re going to continue looking and analyzing this song now let’s have a look at the melodies of this track so the melody of this track is based on this main riff here and then we have a few alterations of this riff let’s just hear this so that’s the main melody it’s really just based around the chord progression in the previous lecture we had a look at the chord progression it wasn’t a standard kind of two five one chord progression so we didn’t use the standard notes in the standard chords you might find in regular chord progressions there is a modulation in there there is a few notes that don’t

necessarily fit in key but that’s fine it doesn’t have to fit in key so let’s have a look at this melody here the good thing about Ableton Live is when it’s one note at a time it will tell you what the notes actually are so the first chord we had was AC minor so we have a G which is the fifth of C minor and we have a B flat or an a sharp which is the seventh then we have the G sharp or a flat which is the six and then going down we have the F so it’s basically just notes that fit in the chord and I’ve actually played this on a MIDI keyboard and I just wanted to have something with some long held notes with some runs in between so we have the two main notes here and this is really just the runs in between the fitting key and that’s really what I did continuing on continuing on into the next course I just held other notes as well and it’s a similar kind of thing all the way through it’s just they’re held notes there is one section however where I do actually play D flat so at the moment this is just the notes in the key so this is really just built around notes in the chord normally built around the root the third and the fifth and then in between I have a few different runs that still fit with the chord and when we modulate to the chord that doesn’t actually fit in key I change the melody so that fits with that chord as well so that’s the main melody it’s just really built around some long-held notes that are normally the Triad so the root the third or the fifth of the chord sometimes the seventh and then I just put some passing notes in between I’ll try and make it sound melodic I try and make it sound like it’s a song or if it’s something that can be quite catchy at the same time not too predictable then we have this of a riff here which is built around the first two chords which is a C minor and an A flat so we have a similar kind of riff but I just make sure when they’re the chords actually change the melodies and the riffs actually fit in these chords as well so it’s very similar I just make sure when the notes change the melody changes with the notes because you’ll notice here the second half isn’t actually here I’m just using the first half of the riff and I’m just double checking and making sure all the notes fit which they do so you can see here it finishes on a C and if we play the note here also finishes on the C so it’s just the first half and I just went through and double-checked via ear and free music theories and notes actually fit then the rest of the melodies are basically just notes that are held or rhythms or patterns that just go around the root the third and the fifth or sometimes the seventh of the chord and a lot of it’s just playing by ear and just knowing music theory you need to know the chords really need to know chord progressions and you need to know your keys especially before you try and think outside the box and create modulations and change the different keys it is important to know your music theory so I do recommend studying music for you having a look at different chords having a look at chord progressions before you go in and write music because it can help of course your ear is the most important thing but no music theory can definitely help so that’s this song analysis it’s basically built around this chord progression and then it’s built around this melody okay now let’s have a look I never tracked that I’m currently working on and let’s have a look at the drum beat now so I’m just going to play this track and this drum beat was actually created with the drum rack on the push – but this can be done without the push too just by typing in notes as well so well that is quite straight drumbeat you’ll notice we have the first section

we have the kicks on every beat and the snares on beat free and then we have this rhythmical hi-hat it does repeat quite a few times to create that kind of shaker feel and then the second part it seems to add a bit more movement and the reason it does this is mainly because the snares appear now on two and four we just have the hats on 16 notes so there’s less emphasis on the hats and more emphasis on the snare and the kick and this adds a bit more movement it’s very popular in a lot of electronic music or disco music you have this standard drumbeat then the next section that we actually take out the snare so a take away some of that movement and then this time we bring the snare back in but it’s not as frequent and we actually take out the kick to create less movement and then we add let’s kick on the ends just to give it a bit more movement but it’s not straight so we create as much Drive so this is perfect for more of a verse section but generally if you want more of a hands in the air big chorus straight kicks and snares on two and four will create this and that’s basically the drums it’s just around creating movements and the easiest way of doing that is the positions of the snare there’s another section as well where take out all the hats and there’s even less kicks and they’ve only got the snares on beat free so when the snares aren’t beat free it creates that kind of halftime feel and then we bring the kicks back on to every single beats which creates more movement and then it kicks back into this full stitch and then we have the full section again snares on two and four so what I mean by two and four is there’s four beats in the bar because we’re in four four so one two three four it’s the snares on four snares on to the kicks on every beats so this track is really built around the drums it’s built around creating movement and the way we can do that is by creating the straight drum beats so we have the kicks on every single beats the snares on beat two and four and then we fluctuate between that and a less straight beat so a less straight beat will not be like this it wouldn’t have the kicks in every bar it will be more like this so there’s some gaps or some spaces and that way when the straight beat comes in it’s more noticeable and that kind of directs the audience to believe that this is the chorus this is the main section so that’s the drum beat I actually wrote this on the push too but you can use this in the piano roll editor but I do definitely recommend using the drum rack if you want to create your own drums have a look at the section all about the drum rack if you don’t know about that yet that’s one of my favorite features about Ableton Live so thank you for it’s just lecture just about deconstructs on one of my songs and the drum beats okay now let’s analyze another track and the way I created this track is I wrote a load of clips in the session view and then I recorded it into the arrangement view this track I’m currently working on and it does use some quite unusual chords some of the cause I can’t describe because they’re so unusual there is a lot of modulation there is a lot of key change all about suspense and I wanted to create something quite eerie and quite mysterious so let’s have a listen to this

so it’s quite an unusual chord progression so if you have a look at the chord progression let’s just open this up you’ll notice we have this C playing all the way through apart from the end it goes down to an a-flat so I’m just going through each notes arpeggiating each note of the chord this is quite unusual chord it’s kind of a C major then we have the minus seven so it’s really a C dominant seventh and then we have another chord here which looks quite unusual so have an e a bass and the C sharp d sharp and a G sharp so it’s quite an unusual chord this we have a lot of suspense then we have a similar chord to the start this time we drop but we have a semi tonal movement of Asia up to an eight then we continue through the cause some more suspense especially this bit here we have a semi tonal thing here generally when you write to music if you add a lot of semitones it can create a lot of suspense because this does really clash so it’s all about more of a regular chord and then suspense more of a regular chord suspense more of a regular core but we still have suspense in this semitone movement here so it’s just kind of creating suspense and releases especially these semitone the movements here and create a lot of suspense so it can sound quite eerie quite mysterious quite spooky which is really what I wanted to create so let’s just solo this piano part and have a listen to this again so it’s a very unusual chord progression I played a lot of this by ear on my MIDI keyboard and how do you string sounds and piano sounds from a sampler called contact this is not included with Ableton Live this is made by Native Instruments but I do recommend it if you want some high-quality samples then we have this string sound here such there violin sound which is playing a semitone or movement between C and B just to add even more suspense so make this cause sound even more unusual let’s just listen to the chords wave this string sample as well so this track is just really about Croton suspense and the way that this is by creating a lot of tension and also releasing and using semi tonal movements so going between notes right next to each other to create that kind of eerie uncomfortable sound which is very popular in a lot of horror music it’s very popular in a lot of film music when people want to use suspense so this is really an interlude trapped between my other songs just to add some uncomfortable tension between the more conventional tracks so thank you for watching this lecture and I’ll see you in the next one okay so we’ve got over the basics of Ableton Live ten such as setting up and recording we’ve also had a look at some of the tracks that I’m currently working on the next few lectures we’re going to have a look at some of the updates for Live 10 including the wavetable synthesizer and the capture feature if you like to continue learning with me after this video course be sure to check out my complete Ableton Live 10 course like I said with the coupon below you can get this for only $10 also over at digital music master comm we do offer an Academy and a mentorship program we like to take your learning even further so let’s continue with the next few videos where we’re going to be looking at the updates for Ableton Live 10 hello in this video we’re going to be looking at the wavetable synth in Ableton Live 10 so this is brand new to live 10 live 9 we didn’t have this synth it’s a wave table sense so we can actually control the simp a lot more with the wave table it’s similar to say serum if you use serum before but if you haven’t don’t worry I’m going to show you in this lecture how you can actually use this wave table synth so just drawn in some chords here just some basic chords and then have opened up the wave

table sense so here we go we basically have a couple of us laces going through a couple of filters and then being modulated by a couple of envelopes and some lfos at first this can look quite intimidating especially when you click on the matrix it can be like what is going on but I’m going to go through step by step how you can actually use this synth so let’s go through on the left we have a sub so this is sub octave below you can control the gain we can control the tone and control the octave without the sub trolling the tone and transpose everyone for now we’re going to turn this up off but that’s basically the sub it’s just a sub oscillator so you can control the gain the tone gets nice interesting side of the tone with this basic sine wave over here sure use this sound we can go through the different types of wave so we have a sine wave triangle square and sawtooth basic for waves and this dial here just allows us to go between these different ones who I recommend just going through and experimenting this can produce a lot of gain so I’d actually turn this down quite a bit on live this is under the category basics we have several different ones collection complex distortion filter etc then we have basic shapes and there’s loads of different ones we can actually go through to click through and choose different shapes or we can just use this arrow here and you’ll notice straight away there are lot more waves that looks a lot more complex so you can get a kind of more complex sound from this so this is under the harmonic series the notice here changes from kind of a sine wave to more of a square wave and we have a different view here so we have the more lift style view of the waves changing or we have the circular view there is no of a stock simp in Ableton Live 10 that’s really anything like this this means instead of a simple periodic waveform like I said before sine triangle square and saw we have a whole collection of tables and this is why it’s called wave table tables are combinations of different wave forms that can really just morph through the sound also has a global waveform morph control which is this over here I recommend just going for in experimenting to start off with if you haven’t used a wavetable synth before it’s so much fun just experiment and go for all the different sounds and try and hear the different wave sounds so the ring is a whole variety of different wave sounds here first of all is just go through an experiment retro for example choose this one it’s a simple one so when you actually move this morph control you’re recalculating the waveform as it’s been generated can also grab on our filter so I’m just going to play this now I change the frequency I’ll kill that a lot of the highs because this is a low pass which means it allows the lows and cuts the highs change the resonance which adds a bit of a peak at the cutoff point and a bit of a boost the cutoff I generally like to get the simp sounding good before I add filters and effects but you can always add the filter filter is a great effect it’s a great way to cut out some of these high sounds or maybe low sounds sculpt the sound into something more that you’re after of course we do have never filter as well we have different types here let’s change this to a high-pass so a high-pass does is it allows the highs and cuts the lows so we only really allowing this mid frequency of waves at the moment and sculpt it and change it around but I’m

just gonna have the low pass for now okay moving on this is the bit that looks a bit more tricky we have something called an matrix so we can really go in and scold what’s going on so we have a matrix this looks a bit more complex but it gives us a lot of flexibility and a lot of customization for our simps and we can really add some modulation with the LFOs which stands for low frequency oscillator so you could basically make the sang go faster or slow in a really simple way of putting it so let’s change the oscillator one position and here you can see the wave moving up and down through the LFO we have a second off LFO as well just double click to go back to 0 and if you go on the mod source so modulation source and we click on LFO we can actually change the amount and the rate and the shape and the offsets I generally like to sync this to the clock of the project rather than time amount rather than one Hertz so I’m gonna click on this little pitch of a note here and then we can just really sync it to a time value let’s choose one eighth keep it simple no merit 100% shape so we can choose the different types of waves let’s just choose a sine wave to start with and then go back to matrix and you’ll notice now it’s actually locked to 1/8 so for turn on the metronome up here and then we add some LFA you can hear it syncs up to the clock of the tempo can add modulation on to the ones say amp this is the overall volume really it’s gonna be adding your low-frequency oscillator of course we can go back to mod sources and click on LFO – this doesn’t have to be the same rate has changed us to one six notes and go back to matrix and then we can add on LFO – so this is changing the oscillator one position so this is changing the position of the wave let’s change this to amp as well you’ll notice creating something a little bit more unique now LFO going on one eighth notes and also LFO going on one six notes so you can create something quite interesting double click to go back same with the pitch be careful of the pitch because it’s that can sound maybe a little too wacky it depends what’s on your after you want the crazy kind of intro or some weird sound effects you could add a low-frequency oscillator onto the pitch my favorite one here is actually the oscillator one position so you can go through the position of the waves at certain rate which is pretty awesome okay so that’s the basics of the wavetable synth I recommend just going in now and playing around the different oscillators so we have the sub oscillator oscillator one we haven’t really looked oscillator 2 yet we have the filter we’ve started to look at mod source and matrix the next lecture we’re going to dig even deeper and look at the wavetable synth in more detail so thank you for watch this lecture and I’ll see you in the next one okay let’s continue looking at the wave table synthesizer in Ableton Live tap so one thing I didn’t mention in the last video so if you hit this arrow here it expand the wave table sent and even dragged up more and depending on your screen size the zoom you have in Ableton Live it will fill up different spaces but if we drag it all the way up like this you’ll notice there’s a lot more we can actually see in this wavetable synth and before we had different tabs so we had the middie matrix and we had the modulation matrix now it’s put it all in the same tab we have the filter here and then we have oscillator 1 up here and oscillator 2 we have LFO here so you can control the amount of LFO notice the waves get larger or smaller the rate as well then we get tighter as the rate increases then we have the shape as well can make it more square or more triangle and then the offset as well

LFO twos the same as the luffa one but you can have different low frequency oscillators going on at the same time if you wish we have the ampere so this will affect the overall sound of the synth they will envelope 1 & 2 which we can use in this modulation matrix as well as the amp so the amp will affect the overall sound and then we can affect the separate envelopes with the matrix here we can also affect the midi information which is interesting too and we do have a unison button here so you can add unison with different types of unison and we can add the number of voices as well so let’s choose classic you’ll notice when we play this back it creates a bigger spread sound we can increase the amount and that is none unison obviously makes a huge difference okay now let’s add on oscillator to can actually control the gain levels of each oscillator here so you can create a balance let’s choose say this one we can also hit the arrow button and get the original set that we had before let’s go through these arrow buttons and let’s go to the matrix and for oscillator 2 I’m going to add on some LFO so let’s turn off oscillator 1 and the sub and turn oscillator 1 and the sub can also change the symptom on a and add on glide obviously this part is playing chord so mono probably would not work however if you’re creating more of a lead part mono might be more useful then you can get that interesting glide sound and that’s basically the wave table synthesizer one of the thing we can do which is really interesting is we can actually right click and anything we want to hear any parameter and go to show automation now we can actually add an automation let’s go through this part here you’ll notice that the filter will change to increase it so you can change the effects over time which is really interesting as well another thing we can do is actually group this into an instrument rack so if we just hit command + G we’ll create an instrument rack and then if we open up this we can find a macro here and then let’s say we wants let’s just right-click this and map this to macro one and then when we move macro one it will move the gain of oscillator to and if you’re using an external controller like an APC 40 or a push to you can map this to these MIDI controllers also so you could do a few other ones let’s say map the tone of the sub to macro – so you can see when you move the macro it’ll move other things here you can also right-click this and go to show automation so we can actually automate the macro as well obviously you can do this if you just automate straightaway by right-clicking and hitting show automation but macro allows you to actually send several things s so I’m going to map this resonance to macro too so let’s hear

this back now so you can actually see it moves from real-time and so does the macro we can automate this macro here as well so right click show automation and let’s create something a bit more extreme see the macros moving we can see the wave going through the waves you can see the filter and the resonance actually moving as well so there’s a lot of interesting things we can do especially with the matrix and especially when you start mapping this to an instrument rack and using these macros and using the automation so I hope you found this useful remember you can go into the wave table and explore even more by hitting this arrow there’s a lot of things to go through but I do recommend mainly just going through and experimenting there is stuff like the envelope we didn’t cover so much but it’s a simple adsr envelope so you can change the attack time you can hear that it takes longer for the attacks will come in we can increase the sustain we can also use this in the matrix as well the main thing is just to go through explore and just try and think of some interesting sounds of course you can go to the instruments over here so go to instruments wavetable and we do have a load of different presets so what we can do is actually save this instrument rack here hit this save I’m going to call it WT example now that’s saved and let’s just open up a preset so let’s find say pianos sitar presume this is a blend between the piano and the sitar let’s hear this so you can always go through and have a look at these presets and try and work out what it’s doing to go into the matrix change some stuff around and really just explore the presets as well so that’s basically how you can use this wave table synthesizer in Ableton Live 10 I hope you found this lets useful and i’ll see you in the next one hi and welcome to this lecture where we’re going to be looking at a capture feature in Ableton Live 10 so if you have a track record enabled so if you have this red button here if this is selected on the track you can actually capture stuff without recording it in so sometimes you can come up with an idea when you’re just messing around on say your MIDI keyboard or maybe even in your push you don’t really have the pressure of recording then life can actually capture this MIDI information and tempo so this can be really useful if you feel a bit of pressure recording or if you just want to mess around and get ideas you can recapture these ideas again ok let’s use the capture feature I’m just going to play around on my MIDI keyboard then all we need to do is hit this button up here which is the capture button there’s the idea change the tempo as well you can see it’s changed to seventy eight point five beats per minutes we can also play in some overdubs so I’m just going to play this part back now it’s ordered is playing some ideas them and just hit the capture button okay we can also add in say some drums I’m just going to record enable this drum kit then let’s just play this keyboard loop again we can also turn the metronome if you wish like so and then when we hit the capture button drums will appear here as well so notice we have a two bar loop in the first clip and life wants to keep it as a two bar loop but we can rearrange this

if we wish like so you can also quantize this information now we can hit command a and command you to quantize so we can go back to the other one and quantize this if we wish also now when we play this back can turn off the metronome we’ve just created agree really quickly without even recording so go in and edit parts change stuff around so we can just come up with initial ideas really quickly with this capture feature and like I said you can add on overdubs all you do is hit the capture button again and you can see that overdubs have appeared like I said we can quantize this as well now when we play this back we just made a grieve about really recording just by using the capture feature so that’s it that’s basically capture so your loop and your tempo are captured it allows you to focus on playing capsule will allow you to record your loops tempos and also records and captures the velocity of MIDI information then after you can edit this you can quantize this you can manipulate it but just for coming up with initial ideas capture can be really useful all you really need to do is just make sure your tracks enabled and select the capture button which is this one here and also if you’re playing your original clip you can just quickly add in overdubs so that’s capture and that’s how you can use it in Ableton Live 10 hello in this lecture we’re going to look at the echo audio effect so this is a great emulation for analog delays and it also can create some interesting noises so this is it here let’s just turn it on and here we have a visual display of what’s actually going on and we have a few things around the edges we have the rates then we have a reverb and we have a few more tabs here modulation and character ok so I’m just going to play this little loop that I created without the echo on and then we go through in detail what all these things actually do so this is the loop that I just made so this is without the echo and with the echo so let’s go through these settings now so here we have the sync rate for the left and the right channel so you could choose say 160 fourths it’s quite a rubbery sound when it’s that fast because it’s so quick we can slow it right down and we have a link button here so you can have the right having a different sync setting to the left let’s try that now and the visual displays actually showing us the speed here so we have a lot more space here because the left is going at 1/2 notes and the right is going at 1/16 notes so we can actually see what’s going on here and if we link it you can see it links together and as we change it the visual display will change with whatever we have changed on the left here we don’t have to have think we can have it time value we could have the left with a time value and the right synced at the moment the dry/wet is on 70% if we put this to 100% you can also choose type of net here as well so gonna have notes triplets dotted

sixteenth and this is actually a faded out when it’s in time value this will only work in sync so we could have say a dotted quarter note and let’s just link these you change this to triplets we could change to sixteen you can create some really crazy signs when we move this in real time while the instrument is actually playing okay so going down we have the input here what we can do is correct name put up really far and then put the output down and this will create some overdrive I do recommend having a limiter on your output though if you’re going to be doing stuff like this just in case you do push it too far you don’t let blow your speaker’s so this is one way of creating some overdrive if you want to get that really old-fashioned analogue style echo just put this back double click to go to default then we have this D button here if we toggle this on this causes the input game to distort the dry signal so similar kind of thing if you want a bit of overdrive or distortion and below we have this little symbol so this actually inverts the feedback polarity we can increase feedback here so the feedback will feed the echo back into the echo to create even more echo we can get some really wild effects when we increase this feedback like I said I do recommend having a limiter on the master channel if you are going to be playing with a feedback or pushing the echo quite hard we actually have a filter here so we can filter out what we want to go to the echo we can choose the filter high pass and the low pass and also the resonance of each one of these and if we hit this little arrow button we’d be able to just drag it around like so it’s a bit easier than just the numbers so you can create kind of a bandpass so this is a LAN the lows take out the lows the obviously if you mix it with dry wet it’s only the frequencies here that are actually going to be put through the echo effect now it’s just a really high frequencies are going to be echoed good turn on there off the filter there’s button here let’s just put wet all the way up okay we can hide the filter that and going along we have reverb so we can add reverb as well and we can choose where we want the reverb pre means it’ll be before the echo post means after the echo and then feedback will be after the feedback as well so post will be after the echo but before the feedback and feedback will be after all of it so you can get some pretty crazy effects when you have the reverb on after the feedback let’s say they’re pre first let’s try post let’s try feedback don’t as we increase the feedback get some really wild sounds

let’s just turn the food back down so you can get some really interesting sounds or use this as a sound design tool as well so going back to the time here we also have these offsets so we can create a bit of a swing delay if we create some offsets so just swing it a bit and won’t make it exactly perfect I do recommend having them both offset at the same points if you do want to get that swing delay okay we also have decay for the reverb this is decay a hundred percent and then all the way down okay go and go up in the top right we have stereo zero will actually be mono and 100 will be its original width and 200 is maximum widening so if want to create a bit of a wider sound you could push it above 100 then of course we have outputs and we have dry/wet signal we also have three different types of delay here as well we have stereo which is the one we listen to and we have ping-pong which goes from left to right and then we have mid side so the left becomes mid and the right becomes side so this is the mid and this is the side Ableton actually calls this display its echo tunnel and the distance between the lines is time and the density is the feedback okay let’s change this back to stereo and let’s just link this and change it back to notes ok now let’s have a look at some of these things up here we have modulation so this section here allows you to delay time and filter frequency with the onboard LFO so we can modulate the delay and the filter cutoff with LFO waves so we have different ones to choose from there’s also even a noise one which can create some interesting sounds so we can choose the rate of the LFO then we can choose the phase so this alters the LFO phase from the left to the right channels zero is in phase and 180 is perfectly out of phase then we can choose how much we want to actually modulate the delay by and we can actually times this by four run some more extreme amounts so we can get some really crazy effects we can turn our sink and choose a time base instead and we can also modulate their filter cutoff so we can get some really wacky effects with this modulation and then we have envelope so when we increase this envelope amounts this bill ends the LFO modulation with an envelope follower so like I said we can get some really wacky effects of this and let’s go along to character now their third tab so here we have four internal effects you have gate ducking noise and wobble so gate this will gate the signal so this allows us

to control what actually goes through our delay so the parts have to reach the threshold to reach the delay so you can determine what gets delayed or not a zero nothing’s actually getting delayed nothing’s going through this delay because nothing’s hitting zero DB if you lower this down to say 4 DB it’s a few parts it sounds like maybe the snare is reaching 4 DB and if we drop it even further it’s the whole of the drum kit let’s just change some of this modulation a little bit too crazy ok let’s go back to the threshold set up to zero nothing to go down to a four point two minus four point two that’s right to the snare okay and then we have release which is how long it takes for the gate to close after the signal has dropped below the threshold going along we have ducking so ducking actually pulls down the wet signal when the input is triggered so it’s a bit like side chaining we can get some nice rhythmic movements if we time this right so let’s have a listen to the ducking effect basically ducks it that and then we have release which is how long it takes for ducting to stop after the input signal drops below the threshold then we have noise so noise dulls in some noise to simulate a noisy analog delay and you can morph between different types of noise with the morph here and of course we can choose the amount so this will create a more noisy delay as you can hear so if you want to replicate kind of an old-fashioned analog echo or delay and this is quite useful with this noise here as you can hear it’s still playing the noise you can use this to create some sound effects as well or for sound design okay and then going along we have wobble so what balls seems to randomly wobble the delay so it’s kind of a pitch wobbling effect so we can choose the amount and morph and morph all actually sweep between different mod types or the different modulation types we can have more than one under as well so you can create some really wild effects and not just use this as an echo or delay we can actually use this as a sound design tool like I said the noise you can create some interesting sounds just when it’s noise so that’s it that is the echo effect like I said there’s a lot of fun you can create some really interesting sounds I do recommend going in and playing with it starts off with this the main interface for the echo then go through add some LFO modulation and then we can add some more effects with the character tab as well so thank you for watching this lecture all about the echo audio effect in Ableton Live 10 hi in this lecture we’re going to have a look at the drum buss audio effect so I’ve just got a drum track here and

let’s just drag on a drum bus onto this drum track let’s just hear what this sounds like without the drum bus and then let’s hear what it sounds like with the default drum bus so here is the drum track and here it is with the drum bus you can hear straight away it gives it some body or punch so the drum bus is meant to emulate an analogue style drum processor so it’s designed really to add some warmth or some body to your drums so we have a few different functions over here I’m going to explain what all of these actually do so the first one you’ll notice is Drive so this quite simply will add some Drive so add some distortion or crunch to your drums and then below this we have three different types of Drive soft medium and hard so let’s hear what the three different types of Drive actually sound like to this drum track so this is soft obviously increase the drive medium and then hard you can hit hard actually adds a lot of low-end as well so let’s just get there eq8 and just drag it on here as well so this is hard you can see there’s a lot of low-end and if we swap it to soft so this type of distortion or drive is called wave shaping Distortion it’s called this because it will actually change the waves it change the shape of your sound okay going down we have trim so what this will do this will allow us to trim the input so if we don’t want it to drive or push so hard we can trim the inputs so you’ll notice we can’t actually drag upwards we can only drag down so you notice it will obviously get quieter with a trim again and if we double click it will go back to 0 then we have compressor this is a very basic compressor it’s just a one button so this is designed to give extra attack and give a bit more body to your drums too and without compressor you can it instantly gives that body and gives that depth to your drum sound so going along we have crunch this will add some more mids and highs to your drum sound and hear that crunchy sound on the snare and below this we have damp so what damp will do it will take away some of the higher frequencies so it’s similar to a low pass filter for our distortion so with the crunch it can get a little bit too harsh with those mids and highs so we can kind of filter out or damp out some of those highs with the damp obviously even a bit all the way here it sounds quite muddy we can find a nice sweet spot around about eight or so so you can filter out some of these sounds that might be a little bit too harsh okay going down we have transients this is an interesting feature in the drum buss so this allows you to actually emphasize the transients so these are the initial hits of the drums so they punch through your mix a little bit more and if we move this to the left this will actually take away the decay of the drums so it makes everything sound a bit sharper or a bit snappier if you compare this to in the middle so lots snappier drums really and if we move this to the right it will still emphasize the transients however we get a bit more body to our drums so this is nice if you’re using real drums that recorded in a real sound you want to add a bit of body this transient feature is useful for this so this compared to so it can add a bit more body okay going along up at the top we have boom so when we turn on boom we’re actually adding musical notes to our drums obviously this is quite an extreme example because it’s on 100% and we could actually choose the notes we want the frequency here and you’ll

notice it will tell you the note with this button here this might be a little bit too high for tuning drums this can be useful for tuning your kick drum you can see here it says easy row and after we click it it will tune to be zero I’d normally tune to the key of your track or maybe even the fifth and if we click this this will tune to G zero okay we also have decay this decay control will determine how long this base note or boom note will actually last for so if we have a short decay then the boom sound will not last very long and if we have a longer decay sound the boom sound will last a lot longer we also have this little headphone icon so this actually allows us to audition the actual bass frequencies here so if you want to tune the bass frequencies we want to hear the notes from this boom dial just make sure you select this headphone icon and it will just isolate these okay then we have a dry wet amount so this might be useful if you want to get a blend between your dry signal and your wet signal so your signal without the drum bus and with the drum bus and then of course we have the outputs if you want to increase or decrease the output gain so that’s it that’s the drum bus it’s a useful tool for making your drums so more powerful and have more warmth and it also can give your drums that analog character okay let’s have a look at the pedal plugin so this is basically a distortion device that’s meant to emulate guitar pedals there’s a few different types of distortion overdrive distort and fuzz so the overdrive is sort of a light distortion then distortions more of a medium and fuzz more of a heavy distortion as we turn up the gain as well you can get some more distorted effects so I’ve just created a loop here let’s just play this and then we’re here the difference with the pedal on okay now let’s turn the paddle on so that’s fuzz you can hear straight away a how distorted it actually is let’s go to distortion and then overdrive so as we increase the game it will become more distorted and fuzz is just quite out of control when he increased the game we have an output as well because these distortion units can create a lot of out but I do also recommend having a limiter on your master Channel because it can peak when you’re using a lot of distortion and you don’t really want to blow your speaker’s so if a few of the things as well we have a base amid and a treble eq and the mid has free settings kind of a low mears middle mid that makes sense and a high mid so do you recommend going through them and just finding the sound that will suit what you’re after we also have a sub because sometimes when you distort you can lose some of the lower frequencies and the Serb will just boost this I do recommend having this on unless you have the bass sound and the frequencies are going to clash when the sub is on but normally the distortion will sound a bit bigger and a bit beefier when you have the sub on so with the sub and without the sub you could also boost the bass here you want to even bass you and of course like most of lives all the effects we do have a dry wet amount if you like to balance your dry signal so the signal without the pedal and the wet signal the signal with the pedal so you could have say really crazy fuzz effect that’s balanced with the dry signal so just small amount of the fuzz effect coming through but they give that big distorted effect in the background

that’s it that’s basically the pedal effect you can get some really big beefy effects when you distort chords as well as the lead parts that’s basically it this pedal effect is meant to simulate a real stomp box so an actual guitar pedal or a real analog pedal so thank you for watching and I’ll see you in the next lecture okay now let’s have a look at panning so when we move things in a stereo field this is panning release so we can move rings from the left to the right and vice versa so we’ve got a drum track here move it to the right and we can move it to your left well it’s actually doing though is it’s turning down the volume of things in the left channel when we go to the right and it’s turning down the right channel when we go to the left we can create true stereo panning though it’s what we need to do is actually right click our pan knob and then click on select split stereo pan mode so this allows us more control of panning so we can move the left all the way to the rights and the right all the way to the left if you wish swap the panning around quickly if we put them both in the middle lbc or center and this will make the track mono so this will actually lose a stereo field so it’s actually quite easy to invert the placement of your stereo tracks here you can just put the left to the right and then the right to the left we can put them both to say the right or both to the left and we can right click and go back to stereo pan mode which is the standard one just this dial if you do want a bit more control I do recommend having a look at the split stereo pan mode and we can use this for any of our tracks it just gives us a bit more control than just one dial which basically just reduces the left and the right channels depending the way but this knob so that’s it that is the split stereo pan mode okay in this lecture we’re going to look at multi clip editing in the past we could only see one clip at a time but now we’re able to in a lifetime we can look at up to eight Clips at the same time so this can be used for for editing so we know for example what cores been played or what rhythms being played we can see the other clips all in the one editor window so all you need to do is just select the clips so on the Mac just hold down command or in the PC hold down control and just click on these and you’ll see the different lines actually appear so let’s just expand this out before you go down we can see what’s selected here in green is the drum rack and then if we select this line here the next one this is simple and above is another synth part so when we play this loop now we can see each individual clip and the easiest way to go between them is to just select it up here say for example we want to move apart let’s say this cook here and then these snare but then we also Mian to move this part here you can do this quite easily now just in the same clip editor so makes it a lot easier to see what’s actually going on in the other clips it’s really useful especially for drums and basses and also for lead instruments so you could open up the clip of the chord and then you could base the lead instrument or bass the melody a random notes in the court and stir flicking between clips which you had to do in previous versions of Ableton life you can just have them all open and just see what’s going on in the other clips to make something lock in rhythmically or lock in harmonically or melodically we can also do this in the arrangement view as well I’m just going to copy these clips into the arrangement view just open up the clip out by double-clicking a clip and then hold

down command to open the other clips so you can see here by these free lines there’s three different clips and when we scroll down we’re be able to see the two different civil parts and the drum parts obviously the drums have stopped there because the drum clip which has four bars and their synth bass were eight bars so that’s it that’s how you can multi edit clips it’s really straightforward just remember to select them all and then go between them with these lines here so viewing and editing more than one clip in the editor just allows you to see things without switching between you can see the drum parts if you want to write a bassline or you can see the chords if you want to write a melody part it just speeds things up and it makes it a lot more convenient when writing music in Ableton life okay we’re at the end of this video course now thank you for sticking with me if you found this course useful remember to give me a thumbs up if you have any comments questions or feedback just leave them in the description below so this course you just watch was actually the first few sections for my complete Ableton Live 10 costs like to access this complete course where we go a lot deeper we have a look at the instruments the racks the audio effects the MIDI effects are much more than have a look a my complete Ableton Live 10 course which is only $10 if you follow the link in the description below full price it’s one hundred and ninety five dollars also if you’d like to continue learning with me and I do offer an academy and a mentorship program over at digital music masters com or just follow the link in the description below if you want to take your learning to the next level and have a more tailored approach to music production so thank you for watching this video course I hope you found it useful and I’ll talk to you soon