Tutorials

You should route your audio in Ableton Live using sends and returns. I know that’s a bold statement, and I didn’t agree years ago when someone made that statement to me. Now I’ve switched to using sends and returns for audio routing live and it’s because of 5 things.

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How do you map your MIDI controller for live performance? Using your MIDI controller on stage with Ableton Live doesn’t mean you have to have tons of mappings.

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If you’re planning on using Ableton Live on stage for backing tracks or stems, there are 2 things you need to know before you ever load a single file into your set.

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How many times have you opened a Live set-ready to work, only to discover a missing files message at the bottom of the screen?

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There’s nothing worse than breaking your creative flow when you’re on stage or in the studio. Using Live’s browser allows you to quickly browse sounds, effects, and load samples into your set quickly, without breaking your flow.

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Learning new software can be intimidating. In this week’s tutorial, Ableton Live certified trainer Will Doggett shows you the most important place in Ableton Live and how it can help you quickly learn the program.

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While Live’s loop brace is incredibly useful while recording, it’s not incredibly useful in a live performance environment. In this tutorial, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett shows you how to use the IAC Driver, to repeat any song section with one button, at any point in the section, and how to have multiple loops per song.

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Imagine if after a song, Live would automatically select your next song so all you need to do, is press play. In part 3 of our Using the IAC Driver with Ableton Live tutorial series, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett shows you how to create a pause and go to next track using the IAC Driver. Navigate your entire set with only one button!

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One of the biggest benefits of running tracks in Arrangement View is the ability to create seamless transitions between songs. But what do you do if you want to stop between songs? Stop pressing spacebar, and use a “stop track” instead! In this tutorial, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett shows you how to use the IAC Driver to create a stop track so that Live automatically stops wherever your clip is placed. Plus-you’ll learn how to stop your song with your MIDI controller-while using a stop clip!

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The IAC Driver is a free utility available on every Mac, that allows you to unlock endless possibilities in any edition, or version of Ableton Live. Create MIDI clips to control features in Ableton Live. In this tutorial, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett shows you how to setup the IAC Driver on your Mac.

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Using keyboard shortcuts is essential if you want to work quickly in Ableton Live. But what do you do if there isn’t a keyboard shortcut for a feature you use often? You create one! In this tutorial, Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett shows you how to create a custom keyboard shortcut on your Mac to quickly trigger features in Live.

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Using an audio interface for Live performance allows you to separate your stems and sounds to have more control over the sound. In this tutorial Ableton Live certified trainer Will Doggett shows you how to set up and configure your audio interface to use with Ableton Live on stage.

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If you’re using tracks on stage, it’s essential that your click and tracks use separate outputs on your interface. In this tutorial Ableton Live Certified Trainer Will Doggett shows you how to route Live’s click to use on stage. You’ll also learn how to create your own subdivided click that you can render out with your original songs and stems.

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Using a MIDI Controller with Ableton Live allows you so much flexibility when you’re performing on stage. Plus, you don’t look like you’re checking your email on stage!

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Playback Academy

A 2-day, Ableton Live intensive, to enhance your live show, expand your skill set, and help you
get and keep the gig.

November 8 & 9 2019
Austin Texas