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Ableton Live 10 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Ableton Live 10 Explained

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    Getting Started

    First, learn to install and activate your software. You'll also see how to download and install packs, which are additional content made for Ableton Live.

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    Audio & MIDI Setup

    See how to make sure you have your settings correct and MIDI controllers ready to make music.

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    Starting a New Project

    Explore Ableton Live's file structure and discover how Live organizes files.

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    The Browser

    The built-in browser makes Live a dream. Learn how to preview audio, in-time, before adding it to your set. Also watch how to navigate sounds, instruments, and devices.

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    Our musical ideas live on tracks. In this video, go over how to use and organize them.

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    Routing & Monitoring

    Next, you need to learn how to hear what you're doing, both when you play back your ideas and when you want to record them. This video shows you how.

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    Intro to Clips

    Learn all about Clips, which are the basic building blocks where you store and launch your musical phrases and ideas.

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    Session & Arrangement View

    Live has two main views, which is very different from most DAWs. Learn the differences between them and how both views interact.

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    The Mixer

    The mixer section is where you begin to blend your tracks and ideas together. Watch how Ableton Live implements this workflow and gives you a fully functional mixing environment.

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    Intro to Devices

    Next, take a look at "Devices" and their workflow, which are Ableton's version of plug-ins and signal flow.

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    The Views

    Now let's go over all the different views within Ableton Live. You'll be moving these around a lot, so pay attention to these awesome shortcuts!

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    The Basic Components

    Every DAW needs controls to allow us to use it. Let's now take a look at the standard and unique control options Ableton Live has to offer.

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    Recording MIDI

    Now that you know how to operate the software, let's begin recording your MIDI ideas.

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    Converting Audio to MIDI

    This is a great feature which allows you to take previously recorded ideas and make them your own, by utilizing the endless options of MIDI.

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    Recording Audio

    Grab your microphone, keyboard, or favorite record. In this video you'll learn how to capture audio signal.

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    Key & MIDI Map Mode

    Discover how easy it is to "touch" the software. You'll never want to touch a mouse again after this video.

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    Intro to Session Automation

    In this video learn how to capture parameter changes, simply and creatively.

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    Editing MIDI Clips

    Next, learn how to edit and fine tune your MIDI ideas and performances.

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    Editing Audio Clips

    There are also many unique ways to manipulate audio clips. Scottie pulls back the curtain and reveals all.

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    Now, let's take an in-depth look at what Ableton Live is known for. Stretching audio in real-time.

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    Editing Clip Automation

    In this video, dive into automation editing, which allows you to perfect and execute your parameter movements with precision.

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    Intro to Grooves

    Learn how to add feel and swing to clips which gives them an amazing, groovy, human feel and locks them all together.

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    Freezing & Resampling

    This workflow is simply brilliant. It makes life much easier when dealing with large sets or sharing sets.

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    Recording into Arrangement View

    In this video you'll learn how to capture a Session View performance for further editing.

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    Editing in Arrangement View

    Explore how you can begin the process of perfecting your song's arrangement, with some phenomenal work flow.

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    Automation Editing in Arrangement View

    Next, learn how to further refine your production using Automation Mode.

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    Exporting & Managing Sets

    Now that your song is done, see how to get it out of Live and out into the world.

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    Performing in Session View

    Finally, take a look at bringing your ideas back into Session View, which is the perfect place to perform your songs live.

Chapter 2 : 10.1 Update

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    Device Updates

    In this video, we take a look at some new devices as well as improved device features in Live 10.1.

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    Automation & Modulation

    There are some great new features that make working with automation and modulation ever easier, faster, and less confusing. Here's everything you need to know.

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    Finally, let's take a look at workflow improvements that will speed you up and keep you in the flow.

Product Overview

Ableton Live 10 Certified instructor Scottie Dugan brings you awesome videos designed for beginner to intermediate Ableton Live 10 users. Learn to get going with Live 10, understand its main features and functions, as well as get more advanced topics and creative ideas. If you’re new to Live 10, this is the series to watch!

Scottie begins by welcoming you and then covers installing and activating your software. You’ll also see how to download and install packs, which are additional content made for Ableton Live.

Next, Scottie covers many basic, but important setup and foundational topics such as Audio & MIDI Setup, starting a new Project, understanding the Browser, Tracks, and Routing and Monitoring.

The almighty Clips are then looked at, which are your building blocks when using Live 10, followed by understanding and navigating the two main views in Live 10, the Session and Arrangement views.

Going deeper, you’ll then learn all about the Mixer, Devices, Recording and Editing Audio and MIDI, Key and Map Modes, Automation, Warping, using Grooves, Freezing and Resampling, Exporting your song for all the world to hear, using Live 10 to perform with in a live situation, and much, much more.

See the individual tutorial descriptions for more info. If you’re looking for the best way to get started with Ableton Live 10, look no further… “Ableton Live 10 Explained®” awaits you.

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Ableton Live 10 Explained® is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 65 .
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very very good! This is just great. A life safer for a noob like me
Date published: 2021-05-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super useful Great intro to Ableton, and most of this will transfer over to Live 11.
Date published: 2021-04-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Super valuable! Excellent course, it teaches you to the point in a calm and concise fashion all what you need to know to manage and understand Live, without wasting your time.
Date published: 2021-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great content delivery. I am about 80% completed and I'm sure I'll go over some parts that I did not get but so far it's been great, I decided not to start producing in Ableton live until I am done. I can say that when I am done here I'll be well prepared for the journey.
Date published: 2021-02-23
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Good Stuff! A great introduction to Ableton, my only criticism is that the trainer did not state what the shortcut commands on windows are.
Date published: 2021-02-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great stuff Really straight forward and to the point.
Date published: 2021-02-11
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Ableton 10 Basics Good to get started.
Date published: 2020-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview Easy to understand and thorough
Date published: 2020-11-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent overview of Live I've come back to Ableton after a few years, and watched Scott's tutorial as a refresher. I actually picked up a few tricks that I didn't even know about. Great tutorial!
Date published: 2020-11-09
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Helpful After watching this my workflow in ableton is much faster. Thank you!!
Date published: 2020-11-06
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great tutorial! Great tutorial!
Date published: 2020-08-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Lot of info. Very good for a beginner or even a refresher.
Date published: 2020-08-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Most helpful refresher Training helps me get back into the groove after being away from ableton for several years.
Date published: 2020-06-11
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Course! I've seen many Ableton Live videos and this one was easy to follow and covered very helpful tips I haven't seen in other courses. 5 stars!
Date published: 2020-05-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome! This is by far one of the best tutorials I've learned from. The instructor explains the ins and outs of Ableton in a simple and concise manner. He makes it very easy to understand. Outstanding!!!
Date published: 2020-05-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent course! Super easy to learn! This course is fantastic. I paid for the subscription but I might pay for this course specifically so I have a guide if I'm ever stuck. It's amazing. Great voice. Super easy to learn. Perfectly paced. Fun and never dull. I got exactly what I wanted...then there were updated videos at the end. How much better could this get? haha Love it! Thanks!
Date published: 2020-05-08
Rated 3.0 out of 5 by from Too few instructions and lack of source files make a well structured course hard to follow I was disappointed with this course. The structure is logical, but it falls down on basic instructions making it almost impossible to follow along with in your own copy of Ableton because options are different or steps taken are not explained. For an Ableton Live 10 course I have no idea why the instructor spent time explaining different install options of 32-bit vs 64-bit given Ableton 10 is 64-bit only and offers only Mac or PC options. This is a hangover from Ableton 9 and although it talks throughout of Ableton 10 the screenshot showed Ableton 9 32-bit and 64-bit versions with a beta Ableton 10 just mentioned in passing. An Ableton 10 user wouldn't care about Ableton 9 only install options! The course assumes you are a Mac user and so shortcut keys are always given as "for the Mac" with no explanation of what a PC user is supposed to do (easy enough to work out, but even so...) The Browser section introduces sounds but makes no mention of the Preview button - which on a new install of Ableton is turned off. So the student will be wondering why he can't hear any of the sounds the instructor is showing off. The preview button is a pretty fundamental basic of using the browser, so why no mention of it when it's likely to trip so many new users up when using the browser? In the Routing and Monitor chapter it was impossible to follow along, presumably because what the instructor showed was specific to having a clip which he'd preloaded but wasnt supplied or explained. He explained outputs and channel options that were just blank on my copy of Ableton, so I got nothing from the chapter which attempted to give some depth to routing that I couldn't replicate with too many fields just left with no dropdowns or options to select that were showing in the video. Too often the instructor uses hot keys but doesn't explain that he's doing so. The section on track grouping is almost impossible to follow because you can see changes being made but have no idea how (he's using hot keys but not mentioning this) Well you get the drift. If a course is going to be for beginners, as this one supposedly was, it needs to understand what the student needs to know to follow along - not bury it in unclear steps the student finds he can't follow for whatever reason. The bare bones layout is good, but the implementation is somewhat flawed.
Date published: 2020-05-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Just wonderful Thank you so much. I will definitely be referencing this in the future, but I can't imagine a better foundation.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent tutorial and teacher! Very good
Date published: 2020-04-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great intro to Live 10! Review is very in-depth, covers all of the features you would need, and explains things clearly and in a manner that introduces concepts logically. I have experience with another DAW (Studio One), but wanted to learn Live 10 for electronic production, and these videos have been tremendously helpful for that. The pacing is good, the quality of the production is good, the instructor is great, and I would highly recommend this video to anyone starting out with Live 10 at any level!
Date published: 2020-04-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Covers all you need to know and more to get started in Ableton! Great explanation, detailed yet not boring to listen to! I highly recommend this Ableton course as your first course. No need to waste time with endless hours of searching for individual videos.
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from One word: Amazing ! This is a great tutorial. It is simple yet very effective and well presented. Thumbs up to the author. Thank you very much for this. Now I'm not scared at Live LOL.
Date published: 2020-04-03
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from VERY HELPFUL! I'm having fun so far. I'm an extensive Logic Pro X user, so I'm not new to production, but learning a new DAW simply expands your horizon, and even though I've used Live 9 a bit, Live 10 comes with features that are either improved versions of Live 9 features, or are features that are a combined form of 2 or more features from previous versions, not to mention the workflow change that is inevitable when a new version comes out. So far, Ableton Live is amazing and this course was just what I needed! Can't wait to finish the course and start producing!
Date published: 2020-03-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Yeah it helped I mean it covered everything.
Date published: 2020-02-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from This course is great and simple! i loved it:) ALL THAT GOOD STUFF! you're the best haha
Date published: 2020-02-18
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Moves quickly for a small black arrow on a grey screen Lots of information, presented well. Occasionally suffers from C.O.I.K. = clear only if known. Luckily you can stop and review easily. My only real issue is having the cursor be black and the screen grey ..... I'm watching full screen on an HD 27" display and the cursor/pointer is still small and moves so quickly that you can't follow to see what has been clicked or moved and the presenter moves right along. I usually have Live opened on the other display and will replay a section until it I can apply what was shown. All in all these are suggestions rather than criticisms as much is presented quite well.
Date published: 2020-02-18
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Good overview Good overview of the software
Date published: 2020-02-02
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from I think it's good Many viewers might already have some familiarity with Ableton Live from past versions, or you could be like me - a total Ableton/Push2 Newbie that is coming from a different DAW (Reason 11). Either way, this video will get you going. I think he does a good job of explaining the Session View, which is a major new concept for me. I was struggling with the section on recording automation when he kept saying "Jump back in, Jump back out" after I lost track of his mouse movements, but I will figure it out.
Date published: 2020-01-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Nice Explained Five Stars for all Videos
Date published: 2019-12-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesome course! Very easy to understand!
Date published: 2019-12-26
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very Good introduction, I had no clue. This tutorial course is fun and clear to follow. I bought a MIDI keyboard not knowing where it would lead, other than making funny sounds and with this intro I suddenly see opportunities for more fun than I possibly thought. I hear and recognize these sounds on television commercials and in movies and I will be using this program for my 10 animated childrens books already written. The sky is the limit. Thank You.
Date published: 2019-12-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Awesomeness This isn't a how-to video. This is in-depth explanation, bit-by-bit. Super appreciate it.
Date published: 2019-11-19
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Best DAW tutorial ever! SO easy to follow and learn; love the way scottie teaches with enthusiasm and expertise. cant get enough of this tutorial
Date published: 2019-10-10
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from He knows Ableton Live 10 inside and out!!! Very good job explaining things. This is good for a beginner or advanced user. Happy recording and mixing!!
Date published: 2019-09-22
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Easy to understand This moves at a decent pace...some tutorials labour the same point for too long but this one moves at pace allowing you to get in there an create without waiting too long.
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great content! Scottie does a great job explaining with detail all you need to know about Ableton Live 10. Really liked the tone of his voice and the quality of the content
Date published: 2019-08-16
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Concise Quick, to the point, gets to the core and avoids excess and rambling. Nice!
Date published: 2019-08-05
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very informative I can honestly say that this tutorial is very helpful and breaks everything down. I'm a beginner with Ableton Live and I've learned soo much just from the videos I've watched so far. I highly recommend this course to anyone new to Ableton.
Date published: 2019-07-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Excellent! Really helped me move forward on my Live playing!
Date published: 2019-06-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful it was really awsm
Date published: 2019-06-01
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from very helpful New to making music. Learning the ropes. Great videos to learn from.
Date published: 2019-05-23
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Order of Magnitude! Groove3 created a great series of videos for the Ableton Live and Push 2 that have taken months away from a learning curve. I can't wait to apply the new tips and tricks!
Date published: 2019-05-07
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from The Best Ableton Course on the Market! This is an excellent, FIVE STAR course! Learned so much - all of the essentials of Ableton Live 10. Additionally, this course teaches some expert tricks and skills to take your music creating to the next level. This one course was worth the price of my All-Access Pass. Thank you for creating and sharing this well produced and explained course.
Date published: 2019-04-29
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful Scott explained Live 10 very well. He was concise and didn't talk over my head. I would recommend this course to those looking to get up to speed with Live 10.
Date published: 2019-04-28
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Scott, awesome work I highly recommend taking this course. I have been lost in this program. Scott made learning about Ableton both fun and rewarding. Everything was laid out to make transitioning from beginner to more advanced concepts easy. I feel like I can finally dig into Ableton and enjoy creating ideas. Thank you.
Date published: 2019-04-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great course. Thank you ! This was really helpful to start using this program for what i want to do. Thanks
Date published: 2019-03-25
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Really nice information flow Most explanations of Ableton start with the "Views". This one takes you from setting things up to making and handling audio and devices before it ever gets to the "Views". A novel and I think, a better approach.
Date published: 2019-03-01
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Good but.. The series has excellent teaching but would have been so much better if the screen record software had the option ticked that showed where his mouse was -very often he was explaining a point and the meaning was missed whilst trying to figure out where he was clicking.
Date published: 2019-02-17
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great refresh and some new details I think this series is very useful both for beginners and people who have been using Ableton for quiet a while. A lot of it was very familiar, but little things like stretching the waveform in a clip, some short cuts.. I had not seen before, thus were inpsiring for software I use almost daily.
Date published: 2019-01-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Helpful in many ways. As always with Groove 3, the courses are very good for learning new plugins and software but also for adding to my bag of tricks for software that I THOUGHT I already knew.
Date published: 2018-12-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Amazing! Learned everything I wanted about Ableton 10 and whats differentiating it from the other DAWs. Thank you!!
Date published: 2018-11-22
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Excellent Overview Presentation Scottie Dugan clearly has command of Ableton and does a fine job of relating the information. For future presentations I would prefer to see a highlighter around the cursor as the very small grey cursor on the grey background of Ableton made it at times difficult to track. The examples certainly illustrated the subject matter, but were not musical. Random notes are after a (short) while difficult to listen to.
Date published: 2018-10-14
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Perfect! Really clear and deep explanation of the software!
Date published: 2018-10-09
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Nice Work. I use Ableton Live for a couple of years but I still learned something new.
Date published: 2018-09-27
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great - very helpful for me as a (re-) starter I used Ableton live 9 for a short time some years ago - and since then forgot a lot. This course was great for me to refresh all of the most important things in order to now use Ableton live 10 for my music. The author comes straight to the point, speaks clearly and explains it all pretty well. Some suggestions: There were only a few times I didn't understand what was meant and sometimes I couldn't follow because the mouse pointer was hard to follow (e.g. in the automation videos when many parts on the screen where moving) -> a highlighted mouse pointer would have been helpful.
Date published: 2018-08-13
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Very helpful. 100% recommended Honestly is a nice and easy tutorial that covers almost every single thing.
Date published: 2018-05-08
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Extremely worthwhile. The instructor is clear and pleasant. The lessons get right to the point. If you are starting out with live START HERE! Couldn't recommend this series more highly.
Date published: 2018-05-05
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Great course! I was still a bit shaky on 9 when I updated to 10, and this course has been instrumental in getting me up to speed on the changes and reminding me about the unchanged functions and power of Ableton Live. I'm glad I've invested in this.
Date published: 2018-04-30
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great Teaching I took some online classes and this teaching far exceeds what I learned. A simple, yet complex, yet highly informative explanation of how and why Live works for just about any type of music that can be created. I highly recommend this to any one that is just starting out or someone that has been studying this for awhile.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Scottie Dugan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU ARE MY FAVORITE!!!!!!!!!!! I loved the way he taught the class, it seems that he was here
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 4.0 out of 5 by from Useful Tutorial This is a very well made tutorial. In the past, I shuddered to listen to this particular instructor, due to his poor diction and rapid speech. In this series, he appears to have worked on his oral presentation, so that now the tutorial is understandable. I would recommend that he moves his mouse/pointer tool more slowly so that the viewer can see what command or button he is accessing. It would also be useful to have a pdf file of the various shortcuts which he references.
Date published: 2018-03-20
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from great work nice voice, well paced tutorial, non-annoying musical examples which also aren't too loud compared to the voice, well filmed, nice clean hands - really very well done - Dugan is the best
Date published: 2018-03-12
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Great value! Nice flow to all videos & easy to understand - a must have for all Live 10 Producers
Date published: 2018-02-25
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from awesome. thorough and succinct.
Date published: 2018-02-21
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Excellent starter and also some of the new! Loving this video as it goes in depth but not in a long toothed sense. Straight to the point no B/S.
Date published: 2018-02-20
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