We took a brief look at automation in our Ableton Live Tutorial last week, and this week we’re going a little deeper. Ableton Live sports a useful Automation Arm setting, which allows you to alter a parameter in realtime and have it reflected in the session file. This can be extremely useful if you want to quickly apply movement on a parameter whilst you’re recording and performing. Liam also shows you how MIDI controllers can be hooked up to perform more expressive alterations.
Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:
- Exploring the interface
- Arrangement and session view
- Choosing instrument sounds
- MIDI clip recording and editing
- MIDI clip programming
- Using Audio Clips
- Understanding Warp Modes
- Learn insert effects
- Introduction to the mixer
- Slicing audio clips to MIDI
- Making instruments from audio clips
- Grouping tracks
- Programming Automation
Those of you who already know Live inside and out, but are looking to explore other DAWs may want to check out our Logic Tips Series, following a similar pattern to this course.
Liam O’Mullane is an Ableton Live expert and has been working with us for quite some time now, and was even previously Features Editor for MusicTech. He has offered his expertise over at dBs Music and Ask Audio, and has played out as a DJ on BBC 1Xtra radio and won many DJ competitions under the alias The Scratch Technician.