Ableton Live 9 Introduction

  • Control bar
  • Overall CPU load
  • Browser board on left
  • Session view
  • Sounds and effects
  • Help and information view
  • You can show or hide panels via the ‘view’ menu
  • Session view and arrangement view
  • You can use session view for experimentation and improvisation
  • Arrangement view is for final projects and recording

    Session view

  • In session view the scenes run horizontally
  • Use the browser on the left to find a general audio file (Samples)
  • Click on the file’s name to see wave (and hear) sample at bottom
  • Click, hold and drag to insert sample into Session
  • Drag into empty area to create a new column
  • Delete MIDI column(s) if you like
  • Group tracks (right click) to control them as one
  • Each sample clips can be played solo through the arrow on its left
  • At the bottom of looped clips you see some numbers increasing
  • right number length of loop, on the left is the number of times it has been looped
  • Sends control how much level of clips get sent to A and B on right.
  • Decibel meter
  • Panning knob
  • Number in yellow means the clip is enabled
  • s = solo
  • Play a clip by clicking on green arrow on left, stop by clicking on square in column
  • Master column on right
  • Click on an arrow above this to play all the clips in that row.
  • Click on square in master to stop all
  • Transport bar at top
  • Number of beats per bar
  • Time signature
  • Tempo (BPM)
  • Rounded buttons to right of master
  • R = returns
  • S = sends
  • M = Decibel
  • X = cross fade
  • D = delay
  • Add second row of sounds
  • Edit single clip by double-clicking
  • Click on clip to see clip information in bottom left
  • Note in particular ‘warp’ and ‘loop’ buttons, but you can play with the Transpose and other features

    Arrange view

  • Usually used to construct the final project
  • Tracks are one above another
  • Timeline as in more conventional systems
  • You can see a summary of the project above the tracks
  • Drag with mouse along the summary and edit square box to change view
  • Click and drag tracks to move
  • Hold command while dragging to move with higher resolution
  • Right-click to rename file
  • Select part of clip with mouse to manage it (e.g. cut and paste)
  • Undo
  • Make copy of clip by dragging with alt held down
  • Click on track to start playback from that position
  • Tracks are the same as in session view, but don’t have anything in them
  • Play in session view with the top record button on to record to arrange view
  • Click again on record button to stop recording
  • Note Back to Arrangement button
  • When tracks are being played in Arrange view you can see this above the sends in Session view
  • Space bar to play and stop
  • If you play from session view the arrange view tracks may be muted
  • If you want to play them click on the grey arrow to the right of the track

    Saving files (File/Save Project)

  • To export audio select part you want to export and choose File/Export audio/video
  • If you want to export the whole song, choose master, then ok.