There are a lot of things you can do in Live to improve your workflow. And nothing's more annoying than losing the flow when creativity hits you. This tutorial shows you a shortcut that allows for a finer resolution when dragging clips or automation/modulation breakpoints in the Arrangement View in Live.
Recently I've been reviewing quite a few touchscreen controllers for Ableton Live. LTC-1, a new and free controller for Live comprised of a Max for Live device and a Lemur project by DSRT Sound, takes a decidedly different approach. There are no drum pads, no keyboard, no Session View. Its focus is on controlling the tracks, 16 to be precise, and the transport in Live.
If you're like me and spend a considerable time of music production in the Arrangement View and have an Ableton Push, this Max for Live device is for you. It basically gives you an additional Arrangement Mode on Push, which can be entered via Shift + Session, without interfering with its other modes. Most functions work on a "selected track" basis. Push-ArrangeMode frees you from the mouse and speeds up your workflow.
This new video in the Ableton Insider Tips series explains how you can achieve exact tempo automation in the Arrangement View. It's really easy, but how it's done is not quite so obvious.
When arranging, the time commands (Duplicate, Delete and Insert Time) and Insert Silence are vital for a great workflow. Yet, a lot of users don't regularly use them.
This tutorial of the 'Ableton Live 9 Quick Tips' shows you a quick way to zoom into any area in MIDI and audio clips as well as in the Arrangement View. A great addition to your editing workflow.
Although there is not just one way to use Live and misusing software can be quite creative, there are best practices of when to use Session View and when to use Arrangement View. I thought I'd explain this here since a lot of users are confused as what to use when and how both Views are connected. This tutorial will be helpful when you're new to Live or might clarify some things you were unsure about.
In the last tutorial I explained how to achieve time signature and tempo changes in the Arrangement View. The latter only works with newly warped clips and you can only achieve abrupt tempo changes. In this tutorial I will show you two options how to create exact tempo changes in the Arrangement View that also work with clips that are unwarped or have custom warp markers. Both also offer gradual tempo changes.
In the last tutorial I explained how automatic tempo and time signature changes can be achieved in Live's Session View. So what if you needed this for Arrangement View? Here's how...
Session View is great for getting down loop based ideas or when performing live. Arrangement View, on the other hand, is best used for the production of songs along a traditional musical timeline. It can be handy to start in Session View to come up with the initial idea for a new song. At a certain point you will want to get the parts into Arrangement View. Exporting the whole song only works from the Arrangement View. You can copy and paste all clips, but this can be tedious, especially the more clips and tracks you have. The good news is, you can also record from Session into Arrangement View.