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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 2:53 am 

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Not that obscure but CMD + B to change between Draw and Pen modes for midi editing

Also, i discovered in Preferences the Takeover Mode, on the Midi page.

That one boned me for a while. I had it set to Pickup, instead of none. Something to watch out for.


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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:54 am 

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in arrangement view hold "ALT" and click on the button to expand the track. all tracks which are closed will open. if you do it on a open track all others which are open will close too.

the same for automation lanes. hold "ALT" and click the little "PLUS" to add ALL automation lanes.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:30 pm 

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in the Arranger:
select a time span, then double click the time ruler: Live will zoom in on the selected time span..
double click again: Live will completely zoom in on the time span..

this also works inside clips..


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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:58 pm 

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I've been reminded of that one in a conversation a few days ago. In zone editors, like the Sampler zone editor or the Racks zone editor, press a note or a range of notes on your MIDI keyboard, then double click a zone: it is set to the note/range you've pressed on the keyboard.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 5:32 pm 

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Ooh, did not know that.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:24 pm 

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Nice to see this thread still chugging along. It's a veritable gold mine of tips.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 5:51 am 

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another "not so obscure tip" but so useful I'll mention it.

Right click and "map to macro _" is a huge time saver, instead of mapping this with the little map buttons. I still see videos online where people don't use the context menu.
I have option+shift+1 as a macro with iKey that allows me to hover the parameter I want and map it with a key stroke.

Add notes to your set by right clicking fx and even channels and selecting "edit info text". sometimes i'll create a dummy lyrics channel just to have some text stored.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 12:58 pm 

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just remembered a good one...
In large sets, removing all the unused "stop" buttons on the tracks improves CPU usage. (or removes weird hiccups in the audio when using scene launch).

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 6:11 pm 

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Shortcuts I use a lot:
CMD E - Remove stop button from Session View cell (previous clip continues to play)
CMD D - Duplicate clip

Also, when you have a promt such as "Save changes to 'Untitled' before closing?" ... You can press the corrosponding keyboard letter, instead of using your mouse, i.e: D for "Don't Save", C for "Cancel", S for "Save" etc....


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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:10 pm 

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Holding shift while pressing up and down on some Live plugin parameters will move them in higher increments, like Pitch and Scale knobs will move in octaves.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:22 pm 

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Jekblad wrote:
just remembered a good one...
In large sets, removing all the unused "stop" buttons on the tracks improves CPU usage. (or removes weird hiccups in the audio when using scene launch).



and if you remove unused stop buttons it also enables you to launch scenes while playing Arrange at the same time

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 7:59 pm 

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select a few samples from the browser and go with your mouse into session view. normally they will drop into one track but hold CTRL and every sample get its own (new) track.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:07 pm 

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Evengy wrote:
select a few samples from the browser and go with your mouse into session view. normally they will drop into one track but hold CTRL and every sample get its own (new) track.


ooh! That's a good one! It's cmd on a mac of course.

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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 10:45 pm 

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Amaury wrote:
In zone editors, like the Sampler zone editor or the Racks zone editor, press a note or a range of notes on your MIDI keyboard, then double click a zone: it is set to the note/range you've pressed on the keyboard.


what the- WHAT?!
is this in the manual?! has this ever been mentioned anywhere before now? wow... so much time could have been saved. TENS OF MINUTES!
that's really cool to know, cheers.

[edit] Invol already posted this earlier in this thread. TIL!


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 Post subject: Re: Post your most obscure Ableton Live knowledge
PostPosted: Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:06 pm 

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Jekblad wrote:
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nice discovery! I've got it opening the browser, hiding clip view, and opening my samples folder for me, all in one keystroke!

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