Ableton Video Tutorials and Downloads

Session 3

Please complete the tutorial videos for session 3 (there are 3 of them) and then before next week upload a brief description of the product or service you intend to advertise, so that we have something to discuss next week. Try to  detail your aims and identify areas such as the type of music you may wish to create i.e which genre  e.g R&B, Rock, Punk, Techno, Whatever !

Think about what music would represent your chosen subject best e.g if it were a channel that was predominantly about extreme sports you may wish to consider something with a hi energy content to help build excitement, conversely if it was a beauty product you may want to look at something more elegant and sophisticated, maybe smooth jazz or even classical. Try and find some links to music and other ads that you feel are in the ball park.

Please upload your ideas here:

Aims of this session

1. To introduce you to the Session view in Ableton and to construct a simple project from loops contained in the available libraries.
2. To learn how to import a voice-over and apply basic compression techniques
3. To learn how to import a video and  turn its’ own soundtrack on and off.

Before we start …

Please download the source files used in the videos – I have deliberately only used files found in the Sony Acid and Ableton libraries which you have access to on the Uni machines with the exception of the voice-over.

All sound files for the above tutorials are packaged here for ease of use.

Download the sound_samples then view the videos

The completed Ableton file can also be downloaded from the bottom of the page for reference.

1. In this video I walk you through assembling tracks in session view and then transferring them to the arrangement window (timeline view) don’t forget to turn your sound on. The above download contains all of the files used in this tutorial.

2. Ok time to import a voice over and turn on the compressor – it’s easy to do just take your time and work through the video step by step using the supplied files.

You will notice that the voice over is all bunched up at the beginning of the track so try to edit it so that it is more like mine is in the first video.  Remember the short cut keys for cutting (splitting) a track are Cmd and E – you can also cut and paste just like you can in any other application by using control C and control V – experiment and save some screen grabs for your document.

3. This is a really short video to show you how to import video into Ableton live – it’s very short because it’s so easy to do – have fun :)

The completed Ableton file can be downloaded for your inspection – it also contains a video so you can play about as much as you like.

Download the completed Ableton file here (includes a video for reference).

That’s enough for today chaps – well done :)

but don’t forget to upload your ideas via the link near the top of the page

Session 4

4. With midi it is possible to take one audio file e.g a drumloop and really make fundamental rhythmic changes to it whilst still preserving the original sounds used. This  tutorial should help you understand it.

5. Transposition allows you to create different pitches to further enhance your projects. When used in conjunction with the previous midi slicing tutorial it can really help you make huge changes very easily.

6. It’s also possible to import entire midi files – in this one I’ve imported a midifile for War of the worlds and by matching different virtual instruments and editing midi data it’s possible to recreate and even re-imagine the track. This should get you started – I’ve provided a download for the midi file – there are many available on the internet. You can always get a small keyboard from the same place as you borrow cameras from on the ground floor in Squires.


Samples for Sampler Tutorial

Archive Samples – Strings for use in The Sampler

cars Samples for use in The Sampler