- 1. ULTIMATE COLLECTION 1 - Introduction
If you are new to Ableton Live and are using version 8 or previous, this is where you'll want to start. This will give you an overview of how Ableton works & how it is similar and different from other music making software. Even if you've dabbled in Ableton a bit, this should give you some information you may have overlooked.
- 2. Introduction 2 (Live 9 users)
If you are new to Ableton Live and are using version 9, this is where you'll want to start. This will give you an overview of what is new in version 9 as well as more detailed information of Ableton's basic features.
- 3. Basic Editing
This video is extremely important for the essential editing features in Ableton. Learn this and how to warp & you are more than half way there!
- 4. Volume and Parameter Edits
Ableton allows some very detailed automation of almost every possible feature within Ableton, all instruments (3rd party or otherwise) and all plugins & effects. Learn this and you'll be able to do incredibly professional mixes.
- 5. Clips in Ableton
Any piece of audio or midi recorded into Ableton will be saved as a clip. This clip can be a simple drum sound, an instrument, a loop or a full song. Understanding how the clip properties work will give you an incredible amount of flexibility with every clip (audio or midi file) in Ableton.
- 6. Autowarping
This is Ableton's way of making an educated guess at the tempo of your song, loop or sound file. This makes it easy to sync parts that weren't original recorded at the same tempo. It's not always dead on, but when it works, it's a huge time saver.
- 7. Warping in Ableton 8 & 9
This teaches you how to sync your audio files to the master bpm of your song project. Learning this gives you 10 times the flexibity in your songwriting. Get this and Ableton opens you up to opportunities previously unavailable.
- 8. Impulse
This is one of Ableton's two drum instruments. This one is simpler but still very powerful. In this video you will learn to use preset drum kits or how to build you own. A lot of flexibility here.
- 9. Impulse 2
In this video, I teach you a trick to adding effects to an individual drum sound without affecting the other sounds, for example, if you wanted a reverb or delay or your snare, but nothing else.
- 10. Freezing Tracks to Save CPU
Saving CPU can become a big deal when using a number of tracks & effects in any music making program. Freezing a part allows you to hear your processed part without your effects driving up your CPU usage. A very simple, yet important thing to learn.
- 11. Recording Midi to Audio
When creating midi parts, you may find you want to edit what you created in a way only available in Audio. This gives you simple tricks to make that possible.
- 12. How to Export Audio in the Session window
In Ableton, you can work in 2 windows (Session & arrangement windows). In most cases, you have to get all your work into your arrangement window to do your final mixdowns. Sometimes, however, you want to be able to export just one clip instead or a whole song. In this video, you'll learn that you can export audio in either window. Very useful!
- 13. Make a DJ Mix in Arrange Window
When now performing live in Ableton, this is the way most mixes are made for radio shows & podcasts. This will show you the process of making a DJ mix from start to finish. If you are a DJ, you'll benefit a lot from this video.
- 14. Rewiring with Reason as a Slave
Rewiring allows one piece of software to talk to another piece of software in a way that allows you the power of both in one program. In this video you'll see how to rewire Reason (by Propellerheads) inside of Ableton. A powerful combo!
- 15. Controller Knobs and Keys
In this video, you will learn how easy it is you assign keys, knobs, buttons and faders to control almost anything inside of Ableton. If you are going to perform live with Ableton, this is a must. Also powerful in your studio.
- 16. Sidechaining
Sidechaining is a popular type of compression used in dance music to create that pumping effect. Quite a popular way to keep the kick drum and bass from fighting in a mix. There are a lot of more creative ways to use sidechain compression as well.
- 17. Beat Repeat
This is Ableton's glitch effect and can really give life to boring loops or for creating breaks and builds. Very flexible effect and simple once you get how it works.
- 18. Basic Audio and Midi Preferences
This is where you set up your audio sound card, midi controllers, library and temporary file locations etc. This is one of those things you must learn in any music software program. Don't worry though, Ableton makes it easy.
- 19. Lesson for Live Bands
Although Ableton gives a lot of tools for electronic musicians, it is equally powerful and simple for recording live bands and a hybrid of live and electronic instruments. If you have shied away from Ableton because you thought it was only for 'techno', you'll want to take a serious second look.
- 20. Save Save Save
This is so easy to overlook and seemingly obvious, that most people don't bother learning or teaching this simple lesson. I show you how I approach saving my work to guarantee you don't lose any of your work or any of your previous ideas that you thought you wouldn't use.
- 21. Setting up a third party Vocoder
This video will show you how to set up your favorite third party Vocoder (that effect that makes your voice sound robotic).
- 22. Getting a great Vocoder sound
Great a great vocoder sound isn't always as easy as you would think. Here I'll show you how to get a killer Vocoder sound with Ableton's own vocoder.
- 23. Making Filter Sweeps
Filter sweeps are the noise sounds you hear during a build up in a club song. It's pretty important to learn how this is done to add more intensity to parts of your songs.
- 24. Creating and Saving Group Instruments and Fx
Ableton allows you to create incredible complex effect chains with both internal and 3rd party instruments and effects. Here I show you a simple way to save your favorite custom instruments and effects so you can reuse it in other songs at a later time. Great for 'go to' reverbs, delays or complex synth presets.
- 25. DJing in Ableton 1
This is an introduction to DJing in Ableton live. You'll learn how to set up 2 or more 'decks', how to cue each 'deck' and set up your sound card (you need a 4 output card). I'll also go into mixing and using Ableton's crossfader.
- 26. DJing in Ableton 2
In this video, I get into setting up EQ, effects, send/returns and looping features. Then I show you how to assign these to a midi controller.
- 27. DJing in Ableton 3
In this video, I show you a trick to setting up cue points with your songs and how to save these settings for later use. You can easily set cues for intros, outros, bass drop, breakdowns etc. Much more flexibility for mixing. This is how Sasha used to DJ with Ableton.
- 28. DJing in Ableton 4
Here I show you how to set Ableton up with a physical DJ mixer. This is my personal favorite approach.
- 29. DJing in Ableton 5
In this video, I'll show you some other useful effects for your DJ setup.
- 30. Recording Loops on the Fly
This is a great way to record one loop after another, each to a separate track without ever having to stop the music. This is great for jamming synth parts or recording guitar loops. Then you can mix each part however you like.
- 31. Sampler – Zone
The Zone section is incredibly powerful for laying out your own samples across a keyboard, whether it be a traditional instrument, a drum kit or movie samples. The zone gives you complete control over what you hear on each key as well as what you hear depending on how hard or soft you hit that key. Learn this and you can make full songs just using Sampler!
- 32. Sampler – Importing Multisamples
Multisamples are essentially a sampled instrument running up the keys of your keyboard. For example a piano preset is comprised of a number or samples played softer and harder across all the keys. Importing a multisample automatically sets up all those samples correctly so you're ready to play.
- 33. Sampler – Sample Tab
The sample tab is the main window in sampler where you can see the waveform, edit your start and end points, loop points and a number of ways a sound can playback. This is step 1 in your sound designing inside of Ableton's Sampler instrument.
- 34. Sampler – Pitch Oscillation
Pitch oscillation is the ability to set up an envelope the controls changes in pitch over time. You may want a sound to rise in pitch over 20 seconds or drop 3 octaves in pitch over 25 milliseconds (great for kick drums and stabs). This tab will give you complete control.
- 35. Sampler – Filter tab
The Filter tab gives you the ability to set up an envelope the controls changes filter sweeps and settings over time. You may want a sound to start off bright and slowly get warmer, or a pad that gets more and more intense over time. Filters help build that intensity and sampler gives you extreme flexibility over how it is controlled.
- 36. Sampler – Modulation and Midi Tab
The modulation tab gives you some incredible features for effecting your sample with LFO's (low frequency oscillators) and time stretching features. This gives your sounds tons of movement via volume, pitch, filter etc. The Midi Tab allow you control over your modulation wheel and pitch bend amount and loads of other powerful features.
- 37. Changing Tempo in Ableton
In most cases, you may want to keep a steady tempo on a song, but there are cases where you want the tempo to change in the middle of a song or gradually in a DJ mix. This is all possible in Ableton, and I show you how in this video.
- 38. Operator 1
In this video I introduce you to Ableton's Operator synth. To keep you from being confused by the interface, I break it down in a very easy way and I show you the simple building blocks to creating more complex sounds. You will also understand more about different type of waveforms and oscillator setup options. Fun stuff!
- 39. Operator 2
Here, I show you how oscillator envelopes work (think of an oscillator as a simple sound generator) and what the window in the middle allows you to do.
- 40. Operator 3
In this video, I get into the global effects in Operator. This gives you lfo, filter & pitch options.
- 41. Filter Envelopes
Because filter envelopes can be so important to sound design, I wanted to devote a whole video just to this. I'll teach you how to create sounds you might have in your head, but never knew how to make it.
- 42. Simpler Tricks
Simpler is a… well… simpler version of a sampler and I find it extremely fun and easy to use. In this video I show you a way to get inspiration from almost any sample.
- 43. Midi Preferences – Track Sync Remote
Here you will learn about Track, Sync and Remote in the midi preferences. These help you receive and send midi input from controllers and keyboards.
- 44. Bonus: Affecting Multiple Clips in Ableton
As I mentioned earlier, a clip can be either an audio or midi part. In some cases, you want to apply the same settings to more than one sound at a time. This can be especially handy when setting up songs to DJ. This trick saved you loads of time by allowing you to apply a setting to more than one clip at a time.
- 45. Bonus: Step Sequencing
In this video you'll learn how to step sequence, which is a way to enter in midi parts and 'sequences' of notes or drum patterns.
- 46. Bonus: Synthesis – Introduction
Just a quick intro to what I will be teaching in the following Synthesis videos.
- 47. Bonus: Synthesis – Additive
This video uses Operator to demonstrate how additive synthesis works.
- 48. Bonus: Synthesis – Oscillators
This video uses Operator to demonstrate how oscillators (single simple waveform synths) work.
- 49. Bonus: Synthesis – Envelopes
This video uses Operator to demonstrate how Envelopes work. Envelopes have an attack, decay, sustain and release points that can edit a number of synth parameters.
- 50. Bonus: Synthesis – Subtractive
This video uses Operator to demonstrate how Subtractive synthesis works. The Roland Juno 106 would be an example of a popular subtractive synth.
- 51. Bonus: Synthesis – FM
This video uses Operator to demonstrate how FM synthesis works. FM stands for frequency modulation. It uses one oscillator to modulate another oscillator much like a guitar drastically changing its sound when run through distortion pedal. The Yamaha DX7 was a popular FM synth.
- 52. Bonus: Create a Great Vocoder Sound
Although Ableton's Vocoder effect is really powerful and flexible, it isn't all that easy to get that classic Vocoder sound you might be looking for. This video will walk you through getting a great robotic Vocoder sound.
- 53. Bonus: Warping in Ableton 8
- 54. Warping in Ableton 7
- 55. Sampler Root Keys
- 56. ULTIMATE COLLECTION 2 - Drum Racks Basics
- 57. Drum Racks - Slicing Audio
- 58. Drum Racks - Simpler to Sampler
- 59. Drum Racks - Choking
- 60. DJing - Launching Clips Without a Mouse
- 61. BPM Adjusting
- 62. Macro Controls
- 63. Organizing Files for DJing
- 64. Arpegiator Tutorial
- 65. Converting Midi to Audio Using Freeze Function
- 66. Multiband Fx in Effect Racks
- 67. Rewire Reason With External Hardware Effect
- 68. Sampler Root Keys
- 69. Sidechaining Without a Compressor
- 70. Get the Right Compression Every Time
- 71. How to Give Life to Sampled Hits
- 72. How to Set Markers
- 73. Stealing Arrangements for Inspiration
- 74. Warpless Mixing
- 75. Bonus: Make Ableton Follow a Song's Tempo
- 76. Bonus: How to Export Audio in the Session View
- 77. Bonus: Stretch Pitch Vocals for Breaks Builds
- 78. Bonus: Reversing and Stretching Midi Notes
- 79. Bonus: The Most Tips Packed Into 1 Ableton Tutorial
- 80. ADVANCED WARPING - Ableton 7 - Warping Song with Autowarp
- 81. Ableton 7 - Warping the Hard Way
- 82. Ableton 7 - Advanced Warping 1
- 83. Ableton 7 - Advanced Warping 2
- 84. Ableton 7 - Advanced Warping 3
- 85. Ableton 7 - Advanced Warping 4
- 86. Ableton 8 - Warping in Ableton 8 - 1
- 87. Ableton 8 - Warping in Ableton 8 - 2
- 88. Ableton 8 - Warping a Song Without a Kick in the Intro
- 89. Ableton 8 - Warping Songs that Change Tempo
- 90. Ableton 8 - Warping Songs with Tons of Markers in the Wrong Place
- 91. Bonus: Ableton 7 Style Warping in Ableton 8
- 92. Bonus: Acapella Warping 1
- 93. Bonus: Acapella Warping 2
- 94. Bonus: Affecting Multiple Clips in Ableton
- 95. Bonus: Warping - Moving Multiple Warp Markers
- 96. Bonus: Warping Multiple Tracks at the Same Time
- 97. Bonus: Warping Songs with Live Drums
- 98. Bonus: Warpless Mixing
- 99. Bonus: Make Ableton Follow a Song's Tempo