I'm a huge fan of working with shortcuts. In fact, I utilise a little app called Alfred to enable the use of even more shortcuts on my computer. And the reason why I love them so much is that they save me a lot of time. Every day. And shortcuts can save you a ton of time in Ableton Live as well. So here are ten essential ones to keep you in the flow while making music.
There's still plenty to do before this year ends and the new one begins - at least at Sonic Bloom. So let's dive right in, shall we? Here are the five video tutorials I made this year that were the most sought after. Do you already know all these tips and tricks?
This episode of the Ableton Live 9 Quick Tips brings you another workflow tip in the form of a shortcut. This time I will show how you can quickly reset device parameters to their default value. This can be extremely handy when you play around with a preset and notice that some things haven't turned out for the better.
If you often work with Live Sets that contain a lot of tracks, you should definitely add this shortcut to your workflow which allows you to quickly hide or show the overview.
In this installment of the Ableton Live 9 Quick Tips I've got a handy shortcut for you to seamlessly switch between a Drum Rack and the last selected pad in it. This way you're much faster, when you're tweaking your drums.
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.
This time I have one tip for you in Ableton Live that can save you a lot of time in the long run. Whether you already know that there's a handy shortcut to switch between the Clip View or the Device View of a track, it bears repeating. Use it!
This tutorial is a tip for everyone who doesn't have Sampler, but would like to create their own multisample MIDI instruments in Ableton. It's a simple, but effective workaround I used myself for years.
While saving presets in the User Library might be an old hat for you, this tutorial could still serve as a reminder to actually do it. It always gives some helpful tips on ordering presets in the User Library, so that you have quick access not only from within Live, but also Push and other MIDI controllers that offer this feature.
Did you know that you can lock automation envelopes to the song position? This can be useful when you want to replace a clip in the arrangement, but retain the various automations in this part. Here's how it works: