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Ableton Live 101


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Acknowledgments Introduction. Welcome to Ableton Live Chapter 1. Background Information The Ableton Live Digital Audio Workstation Ableton Live History and Evolution Audio Basics: Waveform, Frequency, and Amplitude Converting Audio to Digital Format Ableton Live Configurations Cross-Platform Issues Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 1. Selecting Your Audio Production Gear Chapter 2. Getting Started with Ableton Live Target Systems Registering Your Software Software Installation and Operation Ableton Live File Structure Starting Ableton Live The Ableton Live Menu Structure Ableton Live Views and Sections Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 2. Identifying Ableton Live Views Chapter 3. Ableton Live Basic Controls Playback in Arrangement View Clip Editing in Arrangement View Zooming in Arrangement View Grid Editing in Arrangement View Time Scales and Rulers in Arrangement View The Scrub Area in Arrangement View Performance Control Features Modifying Devices and Clips Using the Info View Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 3. Identifying Primary Tools and Controls Chapter 4. Creating Your First Live Set Creating and Configuring a Live Set Working with Tracks Controlling Playback Saving, Locating, and Opening Live Sets and Projects Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 4. Creating a Live Set Chapter 5. Importing and Working with Media Considerations Prior to Import Import Methods Other Methods of Importing Audio Files Importing Video Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 5. Importing Audio Chapter 6. Working with MIDI MIDI Basics MIDI in Ableton Live Setting the Tempo and Time Signature Preparing to Record MIDI Enabling the Metronome Using Virtual Instruments Recording a MIDI Performance Creating and Editing MIDI Performances Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 6. Working with MIDI Chapter 7. Making Your First Audio Recording Before Recording Preparing to Record Recording and Managing Audio Organizing after Recording Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 7. Recording Audio Chapter 8. Selection, Navigation, and Configuration Using the Arrangement Overview Making Selections in the Arrangement View Zooming and Scrolling the Arrangement View Adjusting Your Live Set Working with Locators (Arrangement View Only) Navigating the Arrangement Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 8. Recording, Configuring, and Adding Locators to an Arrangement ... Chapter 9. Editing Your Media Selecting Playback Options Using the Edit Grid Editing Clips Moving and Resizing Clips in the Arrangement View Undoing Your Work Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 9. Editing Audio Chapter 10. Mixing and Creating a Bounce Basic Mixer Terminology Mixing in the Session View Automation Using Devices for Mixing Backing Up Your Session Creating a Stereo Mixdown Review/Discussion Questions Exercise 10. Automating Shared Effects and Exporting a Stereo Mix Final Project. Creating a Musical Arrangement Powering Up Getting Started Creating New Tracks Working with MIDI Data Working with Audio Data Recording from Session to Arrangement View Finishing Your Work Appendix A. Ableton Live Audio and MIDI Effects Appendix B. Ableton Live Software Instruments Index About the Authors

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ERIC KUEHNL (Berkeley, CA) is a Director of Partner Programs at NextPoint Training, Inc., an Avid Master Instructor, and Co-Director of the Music Technology Program at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, California. Kuehnl is a composer, sound designer, and educator. Previously, he was an Audio Training Strategist in the Avid Education Department, and a Senior House Engineer for Sony Computer Entertainment America. He holds a Master s degree from California Institute of the Arts, a Bachelor s degree from Oberlin Conservatory, and studied composition at the Centre Iannis Xenakis in Paris. ANDREW HAAK (San Francisco) is a producer, sound designer, and engineer who is passionate about the infinite possibilities of digital audio. A graduate of Pyramind's Sound for Pictures and Games program, he's currently pursuing his artist career as an electronic music producer and helping fellow musicians and producers express their creativity as a sound design instructor. Formerly a full-time communications and PR professional, Andrew took a sudden turn into the realm of music after discovering the potential for self-expression and learning that modern music digital audio workstations (DAWs) enable and hasn't looked back. FRANK D. COOK is a musician, entrepreneur, author, and trainer. He has worked in publishing and education for more than twenty years and has authored numerous publications related to digital audio and music production. He has been a consultant for Avid for over twelve years, developing textbooks and curricula for Avid s official certification programs. Cook teaches audio production at American River College and Sacramento City College and is an Avid Master Instructor.

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