Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Angstrom » Mon Jul 06, 2020 11:38 pm

This is now no longer the tips thread, it's the timday/filtersweep chat thread.

well done guys

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by timday » Tue Jul 07, 2020 6:43 am

filtersweep wrote:
Mon Jul 06, 2020 10:55 pm
Well all I can say is I've messed about with it this evening and it seems to work fine for me as long as the grid snapping is on and that it's the fixed grid. And won't really work in a useful way when the grid is switched off completely.
Final tidy up of the chat thread :D

Looking at the key commands the weirdness is a PC/Mac thing.
On a PC (which you are on I assume because you're talking about ctrl) bypassing the grid is alt, and this function uses ctrl, so they don't interfere with each other.
On a Mac (which I'm on) bypassing the grid is cmd, and this function also uses cmd, so they interfere with each other and you have to start with the grid off so cmd turns it on again.

huh.

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Tone Deft » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:16 pm

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by filtersweep » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:28 pm

I have absolutely no idea what any of that post means.. ?

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Tone Deft » Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:43 pm

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by wayfinder » Sat Jul 11, 2020 5:35 am

Might as well post this here:

If you want a directory in the browser indexed immediately (say, for example, you just put new samples in there and don't want to wait until the program gets around to indexing it eventually, since that can take a while), you can, from within the browser, create a new subdirectory in the place you want indexed (and then delete it again if you like). That will show the newly added files right away.

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by filtersweep » Sat Jul 11, 2020 9:13 pm

Tone Deft wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:43 pm
filtersweep wrote:
Fri Jul 10, 2020 10:28 pm
I have absolutely no idea what any of that post means.. ?
post edited.

chill the chat, asked yet another person.
It makes a lot more sense with the images : )

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Tone Deft » Thu Jul 23, 2020 1:35 am

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Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge

Post by Slow Hand » Fri Nov 13, 2020 8:08 am

I'm very surprised to get to the end of this thread without coming across this hidden feature:

If you drag a single cell from a drum rack into an empty MIDI channel, not only will it move that instance of Simpler into the new channel, it will export the MIDI pattern for that note from the original MIDI clip into the empty MIDI channel.

This makes it super easy to extract the MIDI data for one drum element from a complex drum pattern and quickly transfer it onto it's own track.

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One last tip. This is more of a workflow tip than a hidden feature: I always keep a 'Pitch' MIDI plugin before my drum racks and then use it to transpose my MIDI to different samples, instead of using hot swap. I always program my separate drum elements on their own own MIDI tracks, each with their own drum rack: A channel with a rack for my kicks, a rack for my snare, for my hats, etc...

I use the 'Pitch' plugin to transpose my MIDI note and quickly audition that MIDI pattern with any number of samples, while searching for the perfect drum sample. For me this beats hot-swapping samples because it allows me to dial in the exact volume, EQ, or processing for each drum sample and quickly A/B between them.

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