Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Introduction to Ableton Live Free from Berklee College of Music

Learn Ableton Live’s most powerful tools and how to use them to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. Click Here To Sign Up Free About the Course In the past, Digital Audio Workstations (DAWs) were programs used only by audio engineers with a highly specific knowledge base, on machines inaccessible to most people. But over the past 10-15 years, DAWs and the act of recording music have evolved from being a luxury of the few to being available to the masses. Ableton Live is one such application. Used by an extremely broad range of music creators, Ableton Live not only facilitates the work of engineers, producers, and writers in professional, home, and mobile studio settings, but it is also a powerful platform for musicians on stage, in the DJ booth, and elsewhere. In this course, you will explore some of Live’s most powerful and useful functionality: MIDI programming, audio recording, warping and processing, looping editing, mixing, performing, file management, and troubleshooting. Meant to be a springboard for those who are new to Ableton Live and/or DAWs in general, this three-week course will provide you with a strong knowledge base for using Live to take your musical ideas from conception to final recording. The course breaks down the many barriers of entry into music technology and encourages all those who wish, to create fearlessly. Note: If you do not own Ableton Live 9, you can download the free, fully featured Ableton Live Trial. The trial version will allow you to save and export your work for 30 days. If you use the trial version, do not download...
Using MIDI in Ableton Live

Using MIDI in Ableton Live

We’ve collected a few videos from Ableton about using MIDI in Live. From its 1980’s origins as a technical standard allowing electronic instruments to communicate with one another, MIDI has also become a versatile technology for sequencing and manipulating virtual instruments. We’re going to look at some killer tips and tricks for mastering MIDI in Live. MIDI – Established in 1984, the Musical Instrument Digital Interface is a musical device communication standard that describes a protocol, digital interface, and connectors which allow a wide variety of electronic musical instruments, computers and other related devices to connect and communicate with one another. A single MIDI link can carry up to sixteen channels of information, each of which can be routed to a separate device. Devices are connected to each other via a 5-pin DIN MIDI cable or more common now with standard USB cables. Devices can connect to each other using 3 port types: MIDI In, MIDI Out, and MIDI Thru where MIDI In receives note and control data, MIDI Out sends it, and MIDI Thru replicates incoming data to downstream devices. MIDI can send an incredible variety of data from note on/off, velocity, and volume to patch changes and note data from keyboards and other MIDI devices to DAW’s such as Ableton Live. Note data, once captured, can be edited even so far as changing the original sounds (patches) to other sounds from other MIDI devices and computers. Although MIDI is an incredibly complex technical topic, in its simplest form one can plug a cable from MIDI Out to MIDI In and fire notes from both the played and...
Ira Glass – Podcasts & ProTools, Speeches & Ableton Live?

Ira Glass – Podcasts & ProTools, Speeches & Ableton Live?

Here are a couple of relevant snippets from a LifeHacker interview with Ira Glass, most notably his use of Ableton Live to sequence sound bytes during speeches and presentations. “Wonky” as he refers to it. He also Podcasts and uses ProTools, and of course “The Cloud” which is working its way into the recording engineering and music composition field slowly but steadily through such things as Gobbler (really Avid? Gobbler?) DropBox, Kompoz, SongSilo, OhmStudio and many more. He also gives a nod to his Genelec 8020B studio monitors and Dorrough 12-AES digital audio meters. Hey this guy is getting cooler by the sentence isn’t he? Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of nonfiction radio shows, and has influenced and inspired countless others to grab a mic and give podcasting a try. Okay warning: this is going to get a little wonky. I give a lot of speeches, easily one every two weeks, and in those speeches, I like to recreate the sound of our radio show. I narrate live, and roll in quotes and mix music, all live. For years, I needed a mixing console and CD players to do this. But now I can do it with an iPad mini. The tech isn’t complicated. I run Ableton Live software on my MacBook Air. The Air plugs into the house sound system out of the regular headphone jack. (You need to go through a direct box to push the sound up to proper levels for a professional P.A. system but direct boxes are...
TouchAble App – Ableton Live Controller for iOS Devices

TouchAble App – Ableton Live Controller for iOS Devices

TouchAble is “THE” controller app for Ableton Live. Countless artists around the globe – from bedroom producers to award winning artists – use it on stage, in their studio or while on the road. TouchAble 2 has been completely redesigned from the ground up, with stability and performance in mind – as well as an array of new and improved features. Control Ableton Live with your iOS Devices The New standard of Controller apps for iPad. ~ DE:BUG Magazine TouchAble offers no-compromise control of Ableton Live from your iPad. Its modular interface allows you to split the screen to show two modules at the same time – or to maximize the surface area of a single module. And if the size of one iPad is not enough, you can use TouchAble with as many iPads as you want! Each module offers full feedback from Live, making sure you always know what you are tweaking. The Modules Include Clips – The Clips Module is a TouchAble representation of your Session View. Launch Clips and Scenes, Solo and arm tracks, or open up the loop controls to quickly loop a running Clip. TouchAble 2 introduces an overview that allows quick access to any position in the set. Live 9 Users can use this module to manage their Live Set – Create or delete Tracks, Scenes, Clips and even stop buttons – without ever touching your Computer. Edit MIDI Clips with the new MIDI Editor – Drum Mode makes it easy to lay down a drum loop. Chord Mode allows for precise note placements and lengths – in any scale you want....
DAW Remote HD – iPad Advanced Control Surface For Your DAW

DAW Remote HD – iPad Advanced Control Surface For Your DAW

DAW Remote HD is a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) gives you an iPad-based software controller just like a hardware control surface. Instead of getting stuck in front of your computer to compose, record, and produce and mix music/audio, you can use your iPad with DAW Remote HD to control DAW functions anywhere in your studio wirelessly. Everywhere in your Studio – Taking full advantage of the iPad revolutionary features, DAW Remote brings you a portable control surface with full functions. Now you have full control to your DAW everywhere in your studio. Stay with your Inspiration – Just bring the portable iPad and stay with your instrument. You can now concentrate on your inspiration and record yourself smoothly. No need to move between instrument and computer to manage your recording. By using DAW Remote, you can Forget about messy complex-functioned studio controller, focusing on your inspiration. Easily control tracks Get creativity in an environment away from the computer Remotely control your DAW software from onstage in live performances without messy cable runs Customize your own layouts to do what exactly you want Use all functions just like hardware control surface DAW Remote HD Features Supports Logic Control Protocol, HUI protocol and Mackie Control protocol Optimized control surface layouts for most popular DAWs Customize layouts (only for Logic/Mackie Control Protocol) Cross Platform. Compatible with MAC and Windows Well designed Combination Keys Supports the new iPad Retina display Rich Instructions, Help and FAQ to help you setup connection much easier Use Wi-Fi or USB/MIDI cable to connect with host computer Supported DAWs: Apple Logic Pro/Express, AVID ProTools, Ableton Live, Steinberg Cubase,...
Music Producer Matthew Jonson On Synthesizer Music Production

Music Producer Matthew Jonson On Synthesizer Music Production

Here’s a great pair of music production videos by producer Matthew Jonson from his synthesizer lair in Berlin, Germany. He’s got an amazing collection of vintage analog synths as well as some digital outboard effects. It’s interesting to see how he composes and puts tracks together with gear ranging from from Ableton Live on his Macbook Pro to Jupiter synths, a Prophet 5, and old-school drum machines and rack effects. Whether solo, with Cobblestone Jazz, Modern Deep Left Quartet or his label Wagon Repair, quality is always priority number one for Mathew Jonson. The restless Canadian producer is constantly striving to develop both his composition and studio chops. His sound has earned him deep respect internationally, among his production peers as well as the DJ community. So, we thought it was high time we paid Mathew a visit in his well-equipped Berlin studio for a Slices Tech Talk on Electronic Beats TV. In this next video hear Mathew talk in intricate detail about how he uses outboard gear in creating a bass line with ambient effects. Thanks and a shout out to Electronic Beats TV for the interviews! Check them out for more awesome music production content like...
Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday – You Heard It Here First!

Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday – You Heard It Here First!

Did you know about Ableton’s Free Stuff Friday? Casting our net far and wide to bring you the finest free stuff for music-making every Friday, our catch this week includes a set of top-notch vintage bass presets for Analog, a free iPad controller for Live, and a beautifully juicy filter plug-in. Ableton’s Flagship products are Live 9 and Push. They’re pretty low key regarding marketing propaganda, with about the only description of them being found on their website as: We make Live and Push. With these products, our community of users creates amazing things. We are based in Berlin and our company is run by its founders. Many of us are musicians, producers and DJ’s. You can get a Free 30 day trial of Live at this link. And here’s a handy link to lots of past Free Stuff Fridays!...
5 Tips for Fast & Furious Songwriting – Subaqueous Music, Ableton Certified Trainer

5 Tips for Fast & Furious Songwriting – Subaqueous Music, Ableton Certified Trainer

I want to dive into techniques in Ableton Live for fast songwriting. These tips and tricks will help you stay creative, bust out songs, and feel confident in how you are spending your time. If you’re not using Ableton Live or want to read the article on taking your time, it will look at the bigger picture of how artists can better manage their time. 1. Good Old File Management Nothing says “I am an artist” like spending a day going through your files. Every successful musician I know is ruthlessly efficient with their sample library. We each have our own way of managing our files as well.  Here is what I do with my Sample Library… Here’s the rest of the list 2. Taking Good Notes 3. Start a Track From The Foundation Up 4. Fully Using Session View 5. Mixing it Up Be sure to check out Lynda.com for lots of awesome Ableton Live Training (Free 7 Day Trial) and here’s a LINK to the full Subaqueous Music...