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(Modulate This) Sound Design

Ableton Live Tip: Finding Sets Quickly by Bookmarking Folders

When I play my live show, I use a different set for each song. I’ve optimized my sets so they only take about 9 seconds to load (more on this in a future post).

On stage I don’t want to be mousing around trying to find sets and instead want to just quickly launch the sets in from Live’s browser. A hand way to organize and quickly get to the sets is to create bookmark for the folder with your sets in them, then map this bookmark to one of Live’s 3 “File Browser” buttons.

Here is my approach step-by-step:

  1. Store your sets for your show in a folder
  2. Rename the sets so they display in the right order by adding 01 to the first song, 02 to the second song so they sort in show order.
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  3. Use Live’s browser to find the folder, then right-click (windows)/option-click (mac) to then select “Bookmark Folder”.
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  4. You can now quickly browse to this folder using the pull-down. You can also associate this folder with one of the three “File Browser” icons by simply clicking one of the icons. Just click the icon to return to the folder at any time.image
  5. Double-click sets to load.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Free Resources Synth: Ableton Operator Synths & Instruments (Virtual)

Installing and Using Ableton’s Free “Designer Drums” Operator Live Pack

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Ableton has released a new free Live Pack called "Designer Drums". You can listen to a preview and download the Live Pack from here.

The cool thing about this collection of drum presets is that they are not samples but Operator synth presets. For the most part the installer integrates presets inside of existing folders so finding all the presets can be tricky. In this article I’ll walk you through installing and finding presets and offer usage tips.

OPERATOR OVERVIEW

For those unfamiliar, Operator is an add-on synth you can buy from Ableton’s web site. If you already own Live, it will cost you EUR 129/USD 159. Ableton is running a promotion for new users that’s pretty amazing – Buy Live, Get Operator for Free.

OVERVIEW OF DESIGNER DRUMS

Ableton’s blurb.

We’re giving all Operator fans some "Designer Drums", a free Live pack with brand new Operator presets. It features classic analog drums, a number of innovative percussive sounds and dedicated drum racks for
instant and intuitive beat-making.

 

DOWNLOAD "Designer Drums"

Download from here http://www.ableton.com/designer-drums. Extract the DesignerDrums_v01.alp file on to your computer.

INSTALLATION

From the file menu select "Install Live Pack…" and specify the DesignerDrums_v01.alp.

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The install requires 24.7 MB. 

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FINDING THE DRUMRACKS, CLIPS, AND INDIVIDUAL OPERATOR PATCHES

image The kit presets are implemented as Drum Racks. They are not installed in their own folder called "Designer Drums" and are instead integrated into "Instruments-> Drum Rack -> Kit" and the new presets are labeled with "(Operator)" in the end of the name. See example on the left.

There are a series of clips saved as live sets in "Library -> Clips -> Designer Drums".

The individual Operator patches that make up the drum racks are again integrated within existing folders in "Presets -> Instruments". For example, there are two 808 high-hat presets (open and closed) at "Presets -> Instruments -> Drum Rack -> Cymbal -> Hihat-808(Operator)".

 

DRUM RACK NOTES

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Most of the Drum Rack presets place Devices in a cluster around the same set of 16 locations which is fantastic if you are using a controller like a Trigger Finger. The Kick, Snare, Hihat Open, Hihat closed are in the same position for most kits which I really appreciate since I like to hot swap kits.

IN CLOSING

Operator had been around a long time and I’ve always liked it. This Live Pack really shows off the range of sounds that can be produced from Operator. Once you start working with the presets you’ll be amazed at the amount of work that went on behind the scenes to create this Live Pack. Thanks Ableton!

MORE OPERATOR LINKS

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Video Tutorials Videos

Ableton Live Video Tip: Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Rapidly Rename Tracks

I just posted "Ableton Live Video Tip: Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Rapidly Rename Tracks" to YouTube. This is one of those simple tips that will both save time and allow you to stay organized.

Mark Mosher
www.modulatethis.com

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Tutorial

Ableton Live Tutorial: How to Use an External Audio Editor to Tweak Samples Within a Clip

In this tutorial I’m going to show you how to configure an external audio editor within Live, then invoke this editor to tweak audio within a clip.  In this case I’ll be using the external audio editor to a normalize the audio within a clip, but you can use the audio editor to make any edits you wish. This tutorial assumes you have some sort of audio editor application already installed on your system.

First you need to configure Live to specify the external audio editor you who want to use.  To do this, use the “Options-> Preferences…” menu, then click the “File Folder” tab. Click the “Browse” button in the Sample Editor section. You can now browse your system for the executable of the audio editor you want to use.  In the case of this example, I’ve selected Sound Forge.  Close the preferences dialog box.  The editor is now configured for use within Live.

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Now, double-click on an audio clip you want to edit.  To invoke the editor, right-click the waveform in the “Sample Display/Note Editor” window then select the “Manage Sample File” menu option. 

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This causes the select “Replace Sample Files” window to open.  Click the “Edit” button for the sample you want to edit. 

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This launches the external audio editor and loads the sample into the editor.  Note that this also takes the sample off-line within Live. 

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You are now free to perform any edits you wish — and in this case I used Sound Forge to normalize the audio.  Once you’re done editing the audio save it using the appropriate commands from within the external audio editor.

Now return to Live (you can leave the audio editor open if you like). You’ll notice that in the “Replace Files Window”, the “Edit” button is illuminated for the sample you’ve been working on. Click the “Edit” button to reload the sample into Live and bring it back online.

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As you can see from the waveform display below, the sample has been normalized and has a much higher amplitude.

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Happy external audio editor tweaking!

Copyright 2007, Mark Mosher