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Live: Session View

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques By Len Sasso
Published December 2020

Screen 1: Three drum clips are separated into four parts and routed to a?new track for playing and recording.Screen 1: Three drum clips are separated into four parts and routed to a?new track for playing and recording.

Live’s Arrangement view is similar to most DAWs in its approach to arranging sections of a?song along a?timeline with a?separate track for each part. By contrast, Live’s Session view abandons the timeline and allows you to simply trigger individual looping or one?shot clips of any length. To make that useful for both performance and sketching, Live lets you organise your clips in horizontal rows called Scenes and provides tools for simultaneously triggering some or all of the clips in a?Scene. In this column we’ll look at using Session view to sketch out new ideas as well as to edit segments of your existing arrangements.

Beat The Drum

Let’s start with building a?drum track. Live’s library is filled with Drum Racks (instruments with multiple drum sounds mapped to individual MIDI notes) and MIDI clips for playing them. Our example uses the Memphis Studio Kit Drum Rack and three MIDI clips, all from the Drum Essentials Pack included with the Standard and Suite editions of Live.

The first step is to create a?new Live set ??somewhere between 60 and 90 bpm is a?good choice of tempo. Insert the Memphis Studio Kit (from the Pack’s Drums/Acoustic folder) on a?MIDI track. Drag these three MIDI clips from the 60 to 90 bpm subfolder in the Pack’s MIDI Clips folder to adjacent Session view clip slots on the Drum Rack track: Exposed Kit groove 02 (2 bars), Head Smack Kit groove 01 (1 bar) and Memphis Studio Kit groove 01 (2 bars). The next step is to split each of the MIDI clips into several clips playing...

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Published December 2020

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