The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Share your favorite Ableton Live tips, tricks, and techniques.
Lettuce
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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by Lettuce » Sat Nov 05, 2016 6:20 am

using autopan as a compressor is listed twice.........fyi, thinking that it was listed twice for l channel and then right channel....lol

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by Warmonger » Mon Sep 18, 2017 5:29 am

You can record master output back to Live audio track. This is so huge time saver compared to regular "rendering", as works in real time, unlike rendering which only uses one core for some reason :?

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by i'mhereforthefreecookies » Fri Oct 20, 2017 6:43 am

is it just me or do almost non of the list stil work?:)

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by Tarekith » Fri Oct 20, 2017 2:58 pm

Well it is almost 12 years old now.
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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by [jur] » Mon Nov 26, 2018 9:02 am

I've edited the first post and put the dead links in a separate list.
Btw, Erik, you've got a dead link.
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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by deerdoexx » Wed Apr 03, 2019 11:46 pm

Hell yeah :!: thnx, Jur

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by jonljacobi » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:35 pm

Comping:

- Double-click on the looped clip. Turn on looping in detail view if it's not already on.
- Go back to arranger view and split the clip appropriately.
- Double-click on whichever split you want to audition takes for and detail view will gain focus.
- Hit the up and down arrows and watch the different takes come into view in the split clip in arranger.

Live doesn't constrain the movement to the beginning or end of the file so you need to be a bit careful moving between takes.

You can loop/play the entire original clip in arranger if you want to audition in context and the loop markers in the individual clips will remain the same.

If you want an overview of the entire file (this used to be the default), then just magnify it in detail view.

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by jonljacobi » Sun Nov 24, 2019 6:39 pm

Mapping using AutoHotKey for single keystrokes and showing hiding panes. Just an example. Edit to taste. I have a Mac keyboard, hence the high-numbered F keys. Save to text file, name with the .ahk extension.

Note that I never use the computer keyboard/musical keyboard function and remapping those keys as I do will mess with that. Also, why single-keystrokes? So I don't have to take my hand off the guitar, bass, or keyboard.

Keyboard Maestro will do this on the Mac, and more easily.

#IfWinActive ahk_class Ableton Live Window Class

;! equals Alt, ^ equals Ctrl, + equals shift

l::^l
r::^r
e::^e

numpad1::^!b
numpad2::^!l
numpad3::^!g
numpad4::^!i
numpad5::^!m
numpad6::^!r
numpad7::^!o
numpad8::+tab
numpad9::?
numpaddot::^l
numpadmult::^1
numpaddiv::^2
numpadenter::F9

F17::^+f
f19::^4

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by sahiljoshi » Mon Feb 10, 2020 7:44 am

thanks for the tips! really helpful

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by Specia1.One » Tue Aug 11, 2020 4:05 am

Nice thread, thanks!

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by baseinstinct » Fri Mar 12, 2021 1:17 pm

^^

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by jlgrimes » Sun Jun 12, 2022 1:14 pm

Less of a Tip but more of a reminder if looking for Weird/Creative Reverb/Effects be sure to browse the Audio Effect Rack presets.

Alot of these tend to get looked over (or at least by me since I will often just go to Hybrid Reverb) but I'm finding some excellent presets especially in the Reverb categories.


Many of these effects tend to go over the top and not so subtle (but that is the point) but also shows the power of combining more basic effects to get the sound you need. Some of these presets almost sound like buying a whole new VST lol.

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by Ryan_DJ LOCO » Wed Jan 18, 2023 4:14 am

The beauty of music producing is that its exactly what it sounds like! Get it? You can be computer savvy or not, it doesn't matter. It all adds up to you in the end. So long as you have a desire to make music with a DAW, you will learn to navigate the software and manipulate it to your choosing. Practice makes perfect, I cannot emphasize that enough. Some days it seems like there is no progress but the truth is that the progress is only in its foundational/ growing/ very un-detectible stages. Dont get discouraged by hate or other creative blocks because they are illusions. The proof is in the pudding. :mrgreen:

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by milkformycoconut » Fri Nov 24, 2023 12:43 pm

I know some people were asking for Middle mouse wheel changes
For Windows users Autohotkey scripts

Here is a little Autohotkey script for mapping keyboard arrow keys to scroll wheel of your mouse, so you can change values with mouse

WheelUp::Send, {Up}
WheelDown::Send, {Down}
return

Plus with Shift for finer control on some, and bigger jumps on other

+WheelUp::Send, +{Up}
+WheelDown::Send, +{Down}
return

Thanks to people on AHK forums

And some personal ones

Switching ctrl+Alt+Left Mouse click for screen panning to Middle mouse button


MButton::^!LButton

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^+RButton:: ; Toggle loop selection
Send, ^l
Return
---------------------------------------------------
^!RButton:: ; Toggle clip ON/OFF
Send, 0
Return
---------------------------------------------------
^Rbutton:: ; Delete whatever you click on using Ctrl + Right mouse button
Send, {Click}
Send, {Delete}
Return
--------------------------------------------------
XButton1:: ; Crop

Sleep, 50
Send, {Click}
Sleep, 50
Send, ^l
Sleep, 50
Send, ^j
return

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Re: The Little List of Tips and Tricks

Post by jlgrimes » Sun Dec 03, 2023 3:17 pm

hoffman2k wrote:
Thu Sep 22, 2005 10:24 am
List updated on November 26, 2018. Dead links are there, in case the author have a working link just let me know.
[jur]


Ableton Live videos on YouTube

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Tips and tricks
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Tips, tricks and downloads for Live

- Ableton Live 10 Themes online builder

- Building DIY midi controllers

- More Music production videos than you can poke a stick at

- Using Live to send CV signals [1 2 3]

- Max/Msp Tutorial Videos by Baz

- Sidechain compression tutorial (Live + Reaktor)

- Using autopan as a compressor

- Bigger kits with the impulse

- Syncing loops in simpler

- The Utility Trick - How to Isolate sounds

- Velocity switching with impulse and simpler

- Live 5's Arp: 2 little tips

- Make an exciter: get your high end sounding tight

- EQ 4 as Resonant Filter

- May your bass be smooth and your transients never be shaved

- Live 6 Impulse file management tutorial

- Follow actions to mess up arrangement

- A great trick with the sends in Live 5

- Morphing delay times without automation

- Cool half-time effect

- How To Warp A Whole Track with relative Success (In versions earlier than Live 8

- Groover - automating the "nudge forward" button (PC)

- Keeping note's on your sets by adding your own lessons (live 4)

- PHAT BEATS -- the percussion routing of the nefilim

- Syncing two computers running Live (OSX 10.4)

- Emulating a turntable scratch

- Robert Henke talks about Live 6's reverb

- Smooth song transitions in a live set (Using AngstroLooper)

- Instant Crazy drummer with Plogue Bidule

- Trigger Fruity patterns the Live way

- How to use TWO audio interfaces with Live (MacOS X)

- Handy Autokeys script for mouseless DJing (PC)

- Live + Bidule audio looper

- Pioneer DJM-800 | Configure Live for 4 or 8 tracks

- MIDI Beat Juggling Template

- Tutorial: building a synth in Plogue Bidule

- Thread on how people use their BCRs

- Original 'sticky' for the SL

- Supatrigga Crossfade

- Breaking mental block using old songs as templates...

- Chordhouse: a good place for finding chords and scales

- MIDI Note Number to Frequency Conversion Chart

- Basic Concepts of Analog Modular Synthesis

- Good article on latency

- Website where you can get all the latest audio freeware for mac and pc

- Amo's Movie player plugin for mac and pc

- MIDI Ox, MIDI Yoke (3rd Party Virtual MIDI Drivers for Windows)

- ASIO 4 All (the universal ASIO driver for WDM audio for Windows)

- VST -> OSC Bridge

- KVR Plug-in Database

- Links to free samples

Optimizing Windows for Live

Quick Links

http://www.producerspot.com/create-a-re ... hley-young
http://www.producerspot.com/slicing-voc ... hley-young
http://www.producerspot.com/collision-t ... hely-young
http://www.producerspot.com/creating-cu ... sing-loops


Dead links:
The Covert Operators Blog / Videos / Live Packs
- Glitch Sound Design in Ableton Live
- Vocoding Voices in Live 8
- The Little Things in Live Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
- Making a Step Sequencer in Live
- Ableton Live On Stage with Tom Cosm and Pitch Black
- Various Ableton Live Video Tutorials by Nick Maxwell
- Transposing Clips using a MIDI Keyboard
- Creating a Reversed Reverb effect
- 6 Bass Sequencing Tricks From Daft Punk
- Another sidechain compression tutorial
- Dummy Clips 101
- Dummy Clips Revisited: Videos for Live 7
- Advanced Arpeggiator Programming Techniques (videos)
- Chord and scale MIDI plug-in presets
- Funky Breaks
- Tarekith's Guide to Leveling, Meters and more...
- VINKALMANN's Guide to Warping in Ableton Live
- VINKALMANN's Guide to Arrangement View Mixing
- Virus TI and Live 5 tutorial
- Vocoder Tutorial with Live
- VST Distortion Tutorial Using Ableton Live
- VINKALMANN's Guide to Using the Echo Indigo DJ / How to Cue in Ableton Live
- Angstrom's vst plugins for pc
- Get into devilfish-acid-ish madness with Operator
- Making a Supersaw using Racks and Operator
- Making a Dance Kick using Operator
- Using Autopan as a Compressor

Might be common knowledge for synth programmers but while Wavetable seems to be an extremely powerful synth, I couldn't find a filter Keytracking (where Ableton's other synths and samplers have this in a more obvious location). It is there but "hidden" in the MIDI matrix tab under Note modulation.

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