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(Modulate This) Ableton Live

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.

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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.

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

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Sounds & Preset Libraries

Free Ableton Live Pack by Dennis DeSantis

Ableton_desantis_2 Eariler this year, Computer Music magazine had a special issue on Ableton Live 6 with an exclusive Live Pack designed by Dennis DeSantis. The issue sold out making the Live Pack difficult to come by. Good news, Ableton has made the Live Pack available for free on their web site, get it here – The Dennis DeSantis Live Pack.

The pack contains "a number of pads, electronic percussion
samples and effects, all saved in easy-to-use Instrument and Effect
Racks. There’s also an instructional demo set that showcases many of
these racks."

On a side note, Ableton has since hired DeSantis as their  "Head of Documentation"

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live

Hey Live Lite Users – Ableton Has Announced an Upgrade Path for ALL Lite Versions

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If you have got Ableton Live bundled with another product, now is your chance to upgrade to the full version. In the past, upgrade paths were limited. Now Ableton is allowing upgrades from all bundled packages which include M-Audio,
Digidesign, Korg, Line 6, E-MU, Focusrite, Novation, Tascam, Allen
& Heath, Behringer and TC Electronic.

By upgrading to the
full version of Live 6 you’ll get:

  • Unlimited audio and MIDI tracks, scenes, sends and returns
  • Unlimited instances of audio and MIDI effects, VST and AU plug-ins
  • Unlimited number of Clip Envelopes
  • High-definition multitrack recording (32-bit, 192kHz)
  • Full ReWire (slave and master), ASIO and Core Audio support
  • Support for multiple compressed audio formats (MP3, Ogg Vorbis, FLAC)
  • The Essential Instruments Collection, a multi-GB sample library

…and much more.

The upgrade price is USD 419/EUR 379.

Visit this link to upgrade http://www.ableton.com/ll2f.

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(Modulate This) Ableton Live Sounds & Preset Libraries

Espionage and Other Free Presets for Ableton Live 6 by The Covert Operators

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Looking for some free presets for Ableton Live 6? Checkout the Covert Operators download page at http://www.thecovertoperators.org/archives/category/downloads/.

The newest download they offer is Espionage – a collection of sounds from from their past and future commercial projects. Presets include select sounds from SoundWrecks, Surgical Tools Vol1, and previews from the upcoming The Muses: Covert Midi Effects, The Muses: Covert Audio Effects, and Constructs.

Note: Live 6.0.3 or higher is required to use this pack. The pack is not compatible with older versions of Live.