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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live

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    Tutorial 1

    Introduction

    1:10

    Lets discuss sampling and how you can use it to create your own unique sound.

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    Tutorial 2

    Recording Audio

    7:58

    How to record audio into Ableton Live.

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    Tutorial 3

    Using MIDI to Sample Better

    4:22

    The sampling process can often be streamlined using MIDI to send notes to our hardware.

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    Tutorial 4

    Getting Creative

    3:26

    Lets explore outside of the box thinking when it comes to sampling.

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    Tutorial 5

    Resampling

    3:24

    Abletons resampling function is a useful tool that allows us to capture all audio currently playing.

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    Tutorial 6

    Processing Samples

    7:58

    Now that we have some samples recorded lets clean them up and add effects.

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    Tutorial 7

    When to Use Simpler

    4:58

    Simpler is a powerful sampling instrument that can make use of Lives Warping Engine.

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    Tutorial 8

    Using Simpler

    9:56

    Lets dive into the ins and outs of using Simpler.

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    Tutorial 9

    Tuning Samples in Simpler

    3:33

    When creating melodic instruments, it is important to make sure your samples are properly tuned.

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    Tutorial 10

    When to Use Sampler

    2:25

    Sampler is Lives deepest sampling instrument with the ability to use multiple samples.

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    Tutorial 11

    Working with Multiple Samples

    7:31

    In this video I demonstrate how to incorporate more than one sample in our Sampler instrument.

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    Tutorial 12

    Tuning Samples in Sampler

    2:46

    How to properly tune our samples in Lives flagship sampler.

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    Tutorial 13

    Key Zones

    3:25

    Sampler allows different samples to be played on different ranges of keys on your keyboard.

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    Tutorial 14

    Velocity Zones

    6:19

    Different samples can be triggered depending on the velocity of incoming notes.

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    Tutorial 15

    Sample Chain Selector

    5:45

    One of the strengths of Sampler is that we can set up different chains of samples that each playback different samples.

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    Tutorial 16

    Modulation in Sampler

    7:14

    Sampler has powerful modulation capabilities that can be used to drastically alter the sound of our instrument.

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    Tutorial 17

    When to Use Drum Racks

    2:59

    Drum Racks can be a powerful sampling tool that excels in certain situations.

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    Tutorial 18

    Dropping Samples Presets

    1:59

    We can adjust the way Drum Racks deal with samples when they are dropped onto a Drum Rack Cell.

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    Tutorial 19

    Getting Creative with Drum Racks

    3:47

    Learn to use Drum Racks for sounds that are not just drums.

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    Tutorial 20

    Layering Samples

    1:49

    More than one sample and up to 128 samples can be dropped on each Cell of a Drum Rack.

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    Tutorial 21

    Routing in Drum Racks

    5:18

    One of the strengths of Drum Racks are its deep and flexible routing system.

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    Tutorial 22

    Adding Audio & MIDI Effects

    3:29

    Lets examine our options for creating Audio and MIDI FX.

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    Tutorial 23

    Audio Effect Racks

    4:58

    We explore the capabilities of Audio Effect Racks.

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    Tutorial 24

    MIDI Effect Racks

    6:32

    In this video we cover our options with MIDI Effect Racks.

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    Tutorial 25

    Instrument Racks

    3:39

    The capabilities of Instrument Racks are described.

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    Tutorial 26

    Layering Synths with Chains

    5:46

    Instrument Racks allow us to stack up to 128 different instruments together.

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    Tutorial 27

    Creating a Drum Selector

    5:16

    Lets explore how we can create a Macro Knob to cycle through up to 128 drum samples on a single Drum Rack Cell.

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    Tutorial 28

    Creating a Synth Selector

    2:52

    This video demonstrates how we can use a Macro Knob to choose between up to 128 different instruments.

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    Tutorial 29

    Experimenting with Sampler

    8:29

    Sampler can be used in some very experimental ways to create sounds entirely different from our original samples.

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    Tutorial 30

    Simpler’s Slicing Mode

    6:49

    This video explores exciting ways we can use Simplers Slicing Mode to create evolving sounds and textures.

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    Tutorial 31

    Saving & Organizing Presets

    5:47

    ow that we have created our own instruments, lets cover the ways to organize them.

In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. Youll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.

AfroDJMac starts with an explanation of sampling and how to record audio in Ableton Live, and then demonstrates how you can streamline the sampling process by sending MIDI notes to your hardware to trigger them automatically. That leads to a discussion on how to think outside of the box when sampling.

Next, AfroDJMac dives into Lives resampling function, and how you can use it to capture audio during playback. Once the samples are recorded, the next step is to process those samples by cleaning them up and adding effects. AfroDJMac also describes when you might want to use Simpler, the more basic sampler in Ableton Live.

Moving on, youll explore when to use Sampler, Ableton Lives deep and powerful sampler, and how to work with multiple samples within it. Sampler Tuning, Key Zones, Velocity Zones, the Sample Chain selector, and modulation are then all explained and explored, showing you how to make samples that are unique and stand out.

AfroDJMac now turns to the Drum Rack, revealing how it can be used for non-drum sounds, and how to layer non-drum samples in the Cells of a Drum Rack. Routing in Drum Racks is also demonstrated for even more creative control and options.

Then its time to delve into the other kinds of Racks in Ableton Live, such as Audio Effects Racks, MIDI Effects Racks, and Instrument Racks, and how each enables further sound design and exploration.

AfroDJMac now talks about the experimental options available, such as how you can stack up to 128 different instruments together, and create Macro knobs to cycle through drum cells or choose between instruments.

Crazy sound design options with Sampler and Simplers Slicing mode wrap it up, followed by how to organize your presets for easy management.

If youre new to Ableton Live and sampling, or an experienced user who wants to get more deep into sound creation, dont miss Creative Racks and Sampling in Live!

Fabio Sirna
Submitted 3 months ago

Precious

I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!

I am a: Producer, Professional, Musician, Sound Designer

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Submitted 3 months ago

GROOVE 3

you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock

I am a: Producer, Professional, Audio Engineer, Beat Maker, Sound for Film/TV

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InstantDj
Submitted 7 months ago

Great course!

This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Musician, Hobbyist

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Timzone
Submitted 7 months ago

Bang for the buck

This is the best consolidation of Ableton core skills I've ever seen. I've seen or read about a chuck of this content, but never gathered together and presented so well. I now have years of methods to experiment within Ableton now!!!

I am a: Semi-Pro

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ArtW
Submitted 7 months ago

Great Instructional Course

I must say that in addition to an online course in Ableton that I am taking, and the Ableton Live Manual and another book on Ableton, this one tool helps me to understand so much more about Ableton and the creative possibilities that exist and I want to thank the creator of this video series for his ability to communicate in a clear and concise way.

I am a: Student

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Dynamostar
Submitted 8 months ago

Superb Tutorials on racks and sampling

AfroDJMac is one of the greatest guys in the industry and Ableton user, I must thank Groove3 to add this great video series of tutorials, all the ideas and how they are explained are great and useful. Would love to have some additional material like empty Live projects or some of those racks as additional content to download but I think with time and watching the videos I can recreate them. Please ask him to make more videos like these for all of us Groove3 Ableton users, the ideas are super useful.

I am a: Semi-Pro, Producer, Professional, Musician

Response from Customer Service:

Glad you like it! The additional material provided by AfroDJMac can be found by clicking the 'Course Extra's button at the bottom of the product page. Enjoy!
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    Creative Racks & Sampling in Live

    In this video tutorial series, Ableton Live sage Brian Funk, akaAfroDJMac, shares his secrets for building truly unique sampler instruments and racks. You’ll see not just how to sample, but how each component in a rack builds upon on the others to create way cool instruments and sounds.

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Creative Racks & Sampling in Live is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Precious I think this is one of my favourite Ableton Live course. It's well explained, and it's packed with advanced info, tips and tricks. Really reccommended!!
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from GROOVE 3 you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock you guys rock
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course! This course came under my attention because I once purchased a sample pack by Brian. I just needed some indepth training material to get further with Ableton and thought let's give it a try. I am very happy I did so the course learned me a lot, just what I was looking for. Brian is a great teacher, everything is explained in a clear built up manner. Thanks and I am looking forward to other course by you.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Bang for the buck This is the best consolidation of Ableton core skills I've ever seen. I've seen or read about a chuck of this content, but never gathered together and presented so well. I now have years of methods to experiment within Ableton now!!!
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Instructional Course I must say that in addition to an online course in Ableton that I am taking, and the Ableton Live Manual and another book on Ableton, this one tool helps me to understand so much more about Ableton and the creative possibilities that exist and I want to thank the creator of this video series for his ability to communicate in a clear and concise way.
Date published: 2016-08-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Superb Tutorials on racks and sampling AfroDJMac is one of the greatest guys in the industry and Ableton user, I must thank Groove3 to add this great video series of tutorials, all the ideas and how they are explained are great and useful. Would love to have some additional material like empty Live projects or some of those racks as additional content to download but I think with time and watching the videos I can recreate them. Please ask him to make more videos like these for all of us Groove3 Ableton users, the ideas are super useful.
Date published: 2016-07-29