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4 Useful Ableton Live Tips

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Today I’m going to share a few really useful things I’ve learned in Ableton Live. They’re probably very obvious to some, but I found them not that at all. So here are 4 useful tips for your Ableton Live workflow that will hopefully help you like they helped me!

1. Consolidating Clips
If you’re slicing and dicing clips manually in arrangement view, which I sometimes enjoy doing instead of using the slice to midi feature, it is very helpful to put the clips back together after you’re done chopping. It’ll help you loop them and generally make it easier to do things to them (how dirty does that sound, right?). Simply select the section you would like to consolidate them on pc go ctrl+J, or on mac, go cmnd+J. Simple as that!

2. Batch analysis of samples and songs
Have you ever noticed that when you want to import a track from your library into your new live set, you have to wait a moment for it to load up into live? That occurs due to Live needing to analyse the sound, to come up with the waveform and whatnot. It is possible to avoid the wait though, by pre-analysing those songs/samples beforehand and you can do that in batches. To do this, simply choose the folder you want to analyse in the browser, then on pc right click and select Analyze Audio, and on mac ctrl+click (or if you use a pc mouse with your mac, just right click) and also select Analyze Audio. Done!

3. Saving clips for later
Sometimes when working on a tune, you might come up with clip or a few clips that don’t necessarily fit with the rest of the song. But its still a nice groovy loop on its own and you don’t want to throw it away. Simply drag it to whatever folder you wish in the browser and it’ll save itself there to be used later!

4. Automatically changing the tempo during your live set
When performing a longer set, at a gig or something like that, it becomes inevitable that the various songs you want to play will be at different tempos. The most efficient way to make sure that you will always be in tempo, change the name of the first scene of each song to “xxx bpm”, replacing of course the xxx with the tempo value you’d like. You can do the same to time signatures, by simply changing the name to the time signature you’d like to use. If you you want to change both the time signature and the tempo, simply change the name to the desired tempo and time signature, like this for example: “120 bpm 5/4”. After that, whenever you launch the scene, the tempo and time signature settings will automatically change to those you have chosen!

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