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Ableton Live 9 Explained®

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Chapter 1 : Getting Started

  • Introduction 0:47


    Scottie welcomes you to Ableton Live 9 Explained and gives a quick rundown of what you will learn.

  • Install & Unlock 3:44

    Install & Unlock

    Learn how to download, install and unlock via Ableton’s website. This also includes any additional Ableton or third party Live Packs.

  • Software Setup 4:50

    Software Setup

    See how to choose and setup the correct audio drivers for Mac & PC as well as configure routing. Scottie also shows how to make sure connected MIDI controllers are working and how to correctly setup and turn Instant Mapping on if supported.

  • Optimizing Audio 4:23

    Optimizing Audio

    Learn all about latency and how to reduce it, as well as how to find how low your buffer size can go safely with the built-in test.

Chapter 2 : The Basics

  • Starting a New Project & Saving 3:01

    Starting a New Project & Saving

    Learn to create a new set and explore the files and folders created within the Project Folder.

  • The Browser 3:16

    The Browser

    Discover the Categories and Places in the browser and learn how to add folders from the hard drive. See how to use search and preview to find inspiration quickly.

  • Audio & MIDI Tracks 2:28

    Audio & MIDI Tracks

    Get a detailed intro to Tracks and how to organize them with Colors and Groups.

  • Routing & Monitoring 8:56

    Routing & Monitoring

    Scottie demonstrates basic signal flow and goes over Live 9's Monitor section.

  • Clips 8:17


    Get a solid introduction to clips and how to launch and stop them individually within a Scene. See how the Global Quantize setting effects Clips and learn the difference between looping and one shot clips. You will also explore how clips in the same track interact.

  • Session & Arrangement Views 7:53

    Session & Arrangement Views

    Learn the difference between the two views and how they interact. Scottie also explores the Back to Arrangement button and when to use it.

  • The Mixer 4:36

    The Mixer

    Explore all the options in the mixer section such as Fader, Mute, Solo and Arm.

  • Intro to Devices 6:53

    Intro to Devices

    Learn what a Device is and where to locate them. Also see how to activate and locate third party plug-ins.

  • Views 7:25


    Discover the main work areas, what they're for and how to show/hide them to make more space. Discover Clip View, Device View, Groove Pool, Overview and Show/Hide Buttons.

Chapter 3 : Recording

  • The Transport 3:18

    The Transport

    Learn how to ready Live to capture ideas with Tap Tempo, Time Signature, the Metronome and more.

  • Recording MIDI Clips 6:21

    Recording MIDI Clips

    Discover how to record a MIDI Clip with a MIDI controller. You will also see how to correctly set routing for the recording and learn how to Overdub and choose a Record Quantization. Scottie demonstrates how to create a default MIDI Track and gives an intro to the idea of creating multiple takes on the fly.

  • Convert Audio to MIDI 3:14

    Convert Audio to MIDI

    Learn how Ableton extracts notes from Audio Clips and creates MIDI clips for Harmony, Melody and Drums. Scottie also explores activating this feature with the drag and drop method.

  • Recording Audio Clips 4:05

    Recording Audio Clips

    Scottie shows how to create a default Audio Track and record an Audio Clip with an external sound source. You will also see how to correctly set routing for the recording and learn about simple gain structure.

  • Key & MIDI Map Mode 7:17

    Key & MIDI Map Mode

    Learn how to control almost any parameter with your computer keyboard or a MIDI controller including 3rd party plug-ins.

  • Recording Session View Automation 4:57

    Recording Session View Automation

    Explore how to prepare session view to record parameter automation as well as how to override recorded automation and re-enable the automation.

  • External Sources 4:16

    External Sources

    Scottie shows how Live can interact with external hardware and software using ReWire and the External Instruments/Effects Devices.

  • Freeze & Resample 5:45

    Freeze & Resample

    Discover how to freeze a track and why we would want to. Also explore resampling and its usefulness.

  • Managing Sets 5:12

    Managing Sets

    Now it's time to save. Learn the many ways to manage sets, projects and presets. See how to use the built-in Browser to recall previous ideas and projects.

Chapter 4 : Editing

  • MIDI Clips 11:53

    MIDI Clips

    Learn how to tweak and edit MIDI Clips to perfection with Quantizing, Draw Mode and MIDI Editing features including Transform, Note Stretch and Legato.

  • Audio Clips 4:02

    Audio Clips

    See how to tweak and edit Audio Clips with features like Transpose, Clip Gain, Clip Fade and Reverse.

  • Working in Clip View 13:09

    Working in Clip View

    Learn how to adjust universal Clip attributes including length, loop/one shot, Launch Mode, Launch Quantization and Follow Actions.

  • Warping 12:58


    Discover how Live can warp Audio Clips in real-time. This includes everything from simple Quantization to recreating a completely new idea. Explore the different Warp Modes and how different types of Audio Clips sound.

  • Automation 7:53


    Learn to Edit or create Clip Automation with breakpoints and curves or by drawing them in with the pencil tool. Scottie shows the power of Modulation and unlinked Envelopes that can be longer or shorter than the clip.

  • Grooves & the Groove Pool 9:57

    Grooves & the Groove Pool

    Scottie show you ways to add a human element to clips by assigning universal swings or grooves. Also see how to extract grooves from existing clips to lock the timing of multiple clips together.

Chapter 5 : Devices

  • Instruments 3:36


    Discover the built-in instruments, what they do and their factory presets.

  • Effects 6:41


    Explore the built-in Audio and MIDI Effects, what they do and their factory presets.

  • Racks 4:49


    Learn about the three different types of Racks: Instrument, Drum and Effect. Also discover how to create them, why we would use them and how to save them.

Chapter 6 : Create an Arrangement

  • Recording into Arrangement View 4:36

    Recording into Arrangement View

    Discover how to capture a Session View performance in Arrangement View and explore recording and dropping Clips directly into Arrangement View.

  • Editing 2:46


    Learn how to set Locators and Time Signature changes as well as Loop time and perform Punch In/ Out recordings. Then explore Clip and Arrangement editing which includes Splitting, Drag & Drop, Copy & Paste, Deactivate and Consolidate.

  • Sends, Returns & Busses 4:12

    Sends, Returns & Busses

    Scottie shows you how to use Sends and Returns, as well as how to create a standard mix Bus.

  • Arrangement Automation Editing 3:06

    Arrangement Automation Editing

    Learn how to use, record and edit automation with Lanes, Draw Mode, Break Points and Curves. Then discover how to Automate the Song Tempo.

  • Exporting 3:35


    See how to Export audio when your arrangement is finished and how to easily create stems or upload directly to SoundCloud.

Chapter 7 : 9.2 Update

  • New Stuff 4:11

    New Stuff

    With the 9.2 update there are a few brand new things. The Tuner device is much needed and anticipated. It's a great utility and an ease to use. There are a lot of updates to presets and factory samples and then a new option for exporting.

  • Workflow 4:24


    There's a cool new way to grab ideas of any length and use them immediately. There has also been a major overhaul with plugin latency. Now all automation and modulation is latency compensated.

Product Overview

Presented by Ableton Certified Trainer Scottie Dugan, this collection of videos will show you what you need to know to hit the ground running with Live 9 and then elevate you to 'power user' status.

Learn all the important fundamentals of Live 9, such as installation, software setup, routing & monitoring, creating and recording to audio & MIDI tracks, working with clips, all the different instruments, effects & racks, exporting your song for CD, MP3 and SoundCloud and much, much more.

Brush up on the new updates to Ableton Live 9.2 with these additional videos! Learn about the new Tuner Device, updates to Presets and Samples, and Workflow Enhancements with the latest version of Live.

If you're new to Ableton Live 9, or want to further your knowledge and skills, this is series to watch... Get "Ableton Live 9 Explained" today.

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