Editing music in Ableton Live: An Overview

MIDI Clip Editor
MIDI Clip Editor

It’s time to cover what I consider “editing” in Ablteton Live, and by ‘cover’ I mean: “become excruciatingly frustrated with”.

Welp. On with it…

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How I review a DAW

In the comments section of the last article, someone asked: “How do you spend the 45 days? How much of it is by-the-books feature evaluation and how much is actual real-life music making scenarios?”

So let me walk you through how I go about one of these “30 days with…” reviews.

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Writing music in Ableton Live: An Overview

Looper
Looper

Today I’m going to cover the act of getting sound into Ableton Live. Not editing things, but just getting the basic sounds in.

It’s a surprisingly large article for the topic, and surprisingly… well, you can wait till the end.

Other parts in this series:

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45 Days with Ableton Live Suite

Ableton Live 10
Ableton Live 10

Anyone that’s familiar with me, or the DAW Feature Chart, probably thinks that I dislike Ableton Live.

You’d be right. I try to be as fair as possible in the DAW Feature Chart, but I personally have had a history of issues with Live.

I toured with Ableton Live (5-8) and was invested heavily in their products and third-party products, and over and over and over and over and over I was either let down by the stability, or met resistance when trying to work with large projects or ‘large tasks’.

I will be using Live 10.1(beta and release) for at least the next 45 days. I will be using it for personal music creation and indulging my own curiosities. I will try to be as fair as possible, and I strongly encourage anyone reading to speak up if you think I’ve made a mistake or have represented the product unfairly.

I hope to make this an interesting series. I’m going into this with fewer positive expectations than I’ve ever had.

Other parts in this series:

Tracktion Waveform - Version 10.1.0

Track Editor
Track Editor

Waveform 10 has been out for a little while, but I’m just now getting to it. Lucky me too, because it’s been a rough launch for them.

The release is pretty huge though! One of the more significant updates to a DAW recently, at least in terms of workflow changes and added products.

Let’s get on with it.

Other parts in this series:

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Kilohearts Carve and Slice

SnapHeap integration
SnapHeap integration

Kilohearts is known for their Snap Heap product, which is quite is perhaps another review in itself, though it will feature here.

They released two Equalizer products a time back: Carve and Slice.

There will only be cursory testing of the DSP itself to make sure it’s operating as presented in the GUI… unless I find something interesting.

I will be mostly focusing on the workflow in Carve and Slice, along with the Snap Heap integration.

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This Week

I’m not going to make a normal post this week, but I’d like to let readers know what’s happening.

It’s not exciting, just life things.

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Things I don't hate about Digital Performer: 10 edition

Quantize and Move
Quantize and Move

A while ago I wrote a bit of an article about what I hated in Digital Performer. (I have updated that post as well!)

Well, Digital Performer 10 is out!.

I had a bunch of prepared content for DP10, but it appears that other press, including MOTU, managed to cover the same topics I was going to. I hate duplicating content and I avoid it if possible. I sorted those posts away. THIS IS NOT A THOROUGH REVIEW. It’s just the things I like about the update.

Let me walk you through what I like about DP 10, and why I’m back to using DP10 as my main driver. (I switched to Cubase in Aug 28, 2018 while waiting for DP10 if you don’t remember.)

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DAW v DAW - Part 2: Automation

Which is it
This is a simple automation fade of a test signal in a DAW... which is it?

Last time I set out to show that DAWs are different in common use, and folks were curious about the automation part.

So let’s dive deeper and let me show you how to replicate (or refute!) my tests.

Other posts in this series:

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Digital Performer 10 - VCAs

Complex, but easy
Complex, but easy.

Digital Performer 10 is out! and one of the big features is VCA faders. Other DAWs have had them for a while, but I love DP and it’s now time to talk about VCA Faders in more detail.

What are VCA faders and why do they matter? Allow me a few minutes to explain.

NOTE: DAW Chart has been updated for DP10! Look at those points soar!

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Question and Answer with Fabien Schivre from Tokyo Dawn, Again!

Q&A
Discord q&a with Fabien

Recently on the EDM Production discord that I help administrate, I held a Q&A with Fabien Schivre from Tokyo Dawn. We had a free for all this time!

Click through for the whole Q&A as I’ve transcribed it.

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