Here’s how to get creative with Ableton Live’s Random MIDI device

Being unpredictable certainly has its merits.

Music theory can sometimes have you following specific rules or patterns to create interesting melodies. But rules were made to be broken. Leaving your sequences to chance can have its advantages, particularly with Ableton Live’s Random device. Getting creative with Random can result in some intriguing melodic and percussive parts that you may not think of creating on your own.

In this Ableton Live tutorial, Liam O’Mullane shows you how to get creative with Live’s Random MIDI device. You’ll learn how to use each of the parameters on the effect, and how to change the direction of the randomised sequence. Liam shows you how random notes can be captured and edited to quickly create new parts for a track, making room for lots of “happy accidents” in your productions.

Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:

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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.

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