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Ableton Live Clip Tricks

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    Tutorial 1

    Quantize & Launch Modes

    6:29

    Revisit the launch modes and quantize settings that are important when playing clips like a sampler in the session view.

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    Tutorial 2

    Mapping & Launching

    6:37

    Learn about the velocity settings and range mapping to play velocity sensitive clips over the full length of a MIDI keyboard, like a sampler.

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    Tutorial 3

    Glitchy Follow Actions

    6:38

    See how you can use follow actions to create glitched up samples from several different clips, then make a new clip that can be triggered individually.

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    Tutorial 4

    Follow Actions for Offbeat Intro

    4:00

    See how follow actions can be used to attach an intro to a clip so that it can be triggered with one press.

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    Tutorial 5

    Clip Envelopes

    11:39

    See how clips can be used as a highly flexible way of controlling effects.

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    Tutorial 6

    Dummy Clips

    6:01

    Now that you can control effects with clip envelopes, see how we can then use 'dummy' clips to create specific clips for triggering effects, so you can store a bank of effects changes for later use.

Use Ableton Live? Well then you need to know all of these awesome clip tricks! Ableton Certified Trainer Craig McCullough takes you through all of his personal favorites, one by one, in this power packed micro series, empowering you and your Ableton Live knowledge to work faster and more creatively.

Craig starts off with quantize and launch modes, then mapping and launching. He then goes into glitchy follow actions and using follow actions to include an offbeat intro / lead in. Craig wraps up the micro series with clip envelopes and utilizing dummy clips.

If you're into live, you have to know these important clip features and techniques. Work faster and more creatively, watch "Ableton Live Clip Tricks" today.

1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I have been living and breathing music, and music technology, for most of my life. I first got into music by learning guitar over 20 years ago, at around 11 years old, and after playing in bands throughout my school years. I studied Audio engineering at college, at first with analogue tape and MIDI gear using external synths and an early version of Cubase.

2. What training have you had?

After leaving school and earning a living playing in bands for a while I started working in live sound in the mid 1990s, working on a lot of live music events, large and small, while still writing and producing my own music, both solo and with various different bands.  By this time my music took more electronic focus, switching to Logic to sequence samplers, synths and drum machines, and record live instruments and vocals. 

3. When did you get into recording?

From 2000 I worked in a production studio in the UK, mainly using Logic, Cubase SX, Nuendo, Wavelab, Sound Forge and the Waves plug-ins for audio engineering, and Reason and Acid for music composition, until discovering Ableton Live in 2002.

4. People you have worked with/for?

When MIDI was added to Live in version 4, I focused much more on using Ableton Live with Native Instruments and Waves Plug-ins, getting to know them intimately. Over the last few years I have been an internal tester for Ableton’s upcoming versions and I am also an Ableton Certified Trainer.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

I am good at training people because I have an intimate relationship and passion with the technology I use. I strive to develop a deep understanding of the tools I use and genuinely want to share that expereince with others

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Ableton Live Clip Tricks is rated 5.0 out of 5 by 1.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful stuff, fun stuff. Short and to the point - very helpful. Covers several points on how to get a variety of actions and multiple variations out of your clips.
Date published: 2016-12-02
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