Challenge: Learn Ableton Live in A Week!

DAY ONE

I have always wanted to learn to use Ableton Live.    From what I have seen and heard of this program, it seems obviously useful in both composition and performance settings.

So I’m setting aside a little time each day for a week, to see if I can make this software part of my production arsenal.

The end goal is to create a track, .mp3 of my design.

If you’d like to join me, you can download the trial version of Ableton 8 (big download – it will take a while).

Are you Up for the Learn Ableton In A Week Challenge?

DAY ONE VIDEO BLOG

DAY TWO

Software is installed on both computers, in demo mode.   I watched about 4 videos on VTC that were very helpful in seeing how to use Ableton.

On my home computer I hit a problem when I had to configure the outputs to go to different channels than the defaults.   But once I found the small “i/o” button on the master fader I could configure  the main output.   This window also let me configure  the “cue” output so that when I audition clips they could be heard.

The demo versions on my two computers were downloaded at totally different times and seem a little different, in that my home computer seems to have a lot more audio clips in the library.    It has been a long time since I loaded the software on my home computer, but perhaps I did so with an install DVD instead of the download version?     The install DVD came free with a midi controller I bought.

DAY TWO VIDEO BLOG

DAY THREE NOTES

I am finding Ableton Live fairly easy to learn!   Just setting aside a half hour a day this week has provided some quick knowledge of how to use this sofware!   I’m feeling ready to create with it!

One helpful tactic for learning a new software:   write down specific questions you hope to have answered during your study session.

On day three I learned to do the “Capture and Insert as Scene.”  I discovered some keyboard short cuts for muting tracks.   I also learned how to use send effects, but did not show that in the video blog.

DAY THREE VIDEO BLOG

DAY FOUR NOTES

I spent some time experimenting with using effects, both as an insert and as a send.

Additionally I looked into other video tutorial sources.    I found that Ableton has posted some very good videos on YouTube.

I think tomorrow I will turn the corner from education into trying to start to create music with Ableton.    Perhaps in the course of trying to create music I will encounter new questions, and learn even more new things?

DAY FOUR VIDEO BLOG

DAY FIVE NOTES

I started today trying to create music in Ableton Live.   Out of habit, I fell into programming sequencer regions on the arrange page.   But made myself think more Live-ly and tried to transition to converting my ideas to be used in the mixer view, converting my midi compositions into clips.

I’m still very clumsy with the software, but I’m growing more skilled every day.   Every time a light bulb goes on, and I see the creative possibilities I find myself wanting to purchase this software.    … If only I had a spare $500 sitting around … sigh.

DAY FIVE VIDEO BLOG

DAY SIX NOTES

After my labors in trying to be creative in Ableton, I found myself wanting keyboard shortcuts.  So I did some research and learned quite a few handy ones!

DAY SIX VIDEO BLOG

 

DAY SEVEN NOTES

…. the video says it all.

DAY SEVEN VIDEO BLOG

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