Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by G-Pop » Tue Sep 04, 2018 10:09 pm

Angstrom wrote:There are some things in Ableton Live that I think only three people know about.

Here's one: The rack Hierarchy view, right click the little Rack Overview and receive a menu which will allow you to quickly jump to any instrument, or effect within the rack.
It's very useful when dealing with complex racks, but almost nobody knows about it.
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So what obscure Ableton Function do you think most people do not know?
YESSSSS!

Thank you Angstrom!

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by G-Pop » Wed Sep 05, 2018 2:36 pm

invol wrote:@Angstrom, nice one.

To move your view of anything in Live left/right or up/down, hold Option+Command (Mac) and you will see a hand you can drag around - e.g., Device Chains, Arrangement View, Zone Editors...

I am sure there are PC equivalents to the first 2.
FOR PC /WINx:
[Ctrl] & [Alt] gives you the "grabby hand" thing and thanks (again!)Angstrom!
(Between Angstrom & Stromkraft I'm getting lots of ideas and help!)

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Gregory Wells-King » Sun Dec 02, 2018 8:23 pm

I just learnt you can edit the text window for Lives clips as well as well as Live’s tracks. Quite useful for adding info relating to Key or how it was made, at a glance.

It’s not particularly obscure Ijust see stuff in Live and never really use it until I notice it properly. 8O

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by G-Pop » Wed Dec 05, 2018 5:16 pm

Gregory Wells-King wrote:I just learnt you can edit the text window for Lives clips as well as well as Live’s tracks. Quite useful for adding info...
I just "lernt" this myself a bit ago Greg! Same way too...
Stumbled on it while I was wishing for it! (Sub-Menu)

My challenge with the manual is usually nomenclature but this
one was all "where to find it" and I run out of patience quick
when I'm in the middle of creating something. I've been using
"side-chaining" lately and particularly "Ducking" my drums, and
the "Notes" have come in very handy indeed!

My recordings and clips may come IN raw, but they never stay that way.
The Notes feature I KNEW had to be there; who wouldn't want this???
So although not so obscure, it is in a way and I'm sure lots of future
forum visitors will be glad you mentioned it here and/or stumble
across this post and find it THAT way! :idea:
Brilliant!

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Exie » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:36 pm

When multiple controls are mapped to rack macros, they are displayed as 0-127 values, and plugin parameters are always mapped like that:

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I always had problems with this because it isn't natural for human beings to think in 7-bit integers (hey, MIDI). This is how rack macros can have meaningful units and scales.

A dummy device that has a control with desirable units (percents, dBs, Hz) is inserted into the chain and goes first. It can be disabled if it's not needed in a chain. Both dummy and useful controls are mapped to a macro, it stays 0-127 at this point as expected:

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Then both dummy device and useful devices are grouped with dummy racks, a macro takes units from the first mapped control in chain, which is dummy device:
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Mapping ranges can be tuned inside inner dummy racks but not inside outer rack, to not lose macro units.

Discovered by jur here, this seems to be a bug but also a great feature, hope it will never be fixed.

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by [jur] » Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:47 pm

Exie wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:36 pm
Discovered by jur here, this seems to be a bug but also a great feature, hope it will never be fixed.
Haha, I was reading your post thinking "I know this one".
:lol:

Btw, at some point I'd like to review the whole topic and make a sticky with all the tips listed and organized in a nice single post.
If anyone is interested in helping drop me a pm.
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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by King Z » Sat Mar 23, 2019 4:14 pm

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Group of audio tracks saved as .als - You can save a group of audio tracks in a .als template file and place it in your user library then drag and drop it into a new session when you need to record something like a drum kit with you regular presets! :mrgreen:
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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Danthewoman » Sat Mar 23, 2019 8:45 pm

Make a chain with redux (I like to use Broken Hi-Hats) and an EQ that cuts the low end at 1.44 khz, then make another chain without these and set the first chain to -5.7 db. You'll get more texture to your hi-hats! I learned this from SadowickProduction.

ETA: Shit, I already posted this. But this is what Sadowick did in his video; I'd twisted it into my own, crappy version.
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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Fvtch » Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:16 pm

Rename the scenes under the master with tempos and or time signatures and the scene and session will conform to that.

Tempo in this format: xxxbpm
Time signature in this format: x/x
If you use both, they need to be separated by any character: xxxbpm~x/x

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