Ableton Live Tip: Sequencing on the Fly and Insert Captured Scene

For some time, I’ve been using a fantastic keyboard shortcut in Ableton Live called Insert Captured Scene. It has the potential to save you a lot of time and allow you to further enhance your zen-like ability to create and sequence on the fly.

Let me talk a little about an approach I often use to create a new phrase (say for a verse) then create variations of the phrase without stopping playback.

  • I create a Live set with basic instruments – you know, drums, bass, pad etc…
  • I then lay a bass or drum track down with the metronome running
  • At this point, I switch off the metronome and use the new track as a rythmic reference
  • I’m now free to select different tracks and start laying down other parts within the scene

The illustration below shows the end result of this process with a scene made up of 5 clips in 5 tracks.

Live_ctrlshifti_001

Now I want to create a variation of the scene with tracks 1,2, and 4. However, I want to do this instantly without stopping the sequencer or having to drag clips to a new scene.  By pressing Ctrl-Shift-I on a PC, or Command-Shift-I on a Mac, the selected clips in the current scene are instantly copied to a new scene and the scene begins to play.

Live_ctrlshifti_003 Live_ctrlshifti_004

Live_ctrlshifti_002

Give it a try. I think it might change the way you work within Live.

Subscribe if you’d like to receive posts via email:

Join 108 other followers

About

Hi, this is Mark Mosher. Welcome to my blog. I’m a synthesist, Composer, Producer, and Visualist living in Boulder CO. I’m also the founder of the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet and Synth Patrol.

I’ve been blogging wince 2005 and this blog is a mix of posts on artistic news as well as synth tech & technique posts under the category Modulate This!


Latest Singles

Subscribe & Discover

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.

Join 108 other followers

x

If you are enjoying my music and videos, or have found my blog posts and events to be time-saving, helpful, and inspiring consider offering artist by buying my music or making a donation.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog Categories: