Ableton Live 9 Tutorial w/ Thavius Beck: Session View Automation + Drum Arpeggiator

Dubspot instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Thavius Beck is back! In his very first video tutorial for 2013, Thavius takes a look at one of the new features in Ableton Live 9–the ability to record automation directly into clips in the Session View!

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Greetings party people! It’s good to be back…

It’s a new year, and with it comes the long-awaited new version of Ableton Live, Live 9. Live 9 has a lot of new features to help improve your workflow and streamline the process of getting creative ideas out of your head and into the software. One of the new features I have found most useful is the ability to record automation directly into clips in the Session View.

In this particular video, I use this new feature to record myself changing the quantization of my drums in real time using the Arpeggiator. This video is actually two little tutorials in one, because the idea of using the Arpeggiator to change drum quantization is something that may be new to a few of you. This particular technique can be used in Live 8 as well, so if haven’t upgraded yet you can still implement the idea of using the Arpeggiator in the way you’ll see demonstrated.

In this video I show how to slice drums to MIDI, create a one-bar drum beat, make it four bars by using the Duplicate Loop button (new in Live 9), add the Arpeggiator, change the sync rate on the arpeggiator to change the quantization of the drums, and then record myself doing this in real time directly in the clip with Session View automation (also new in Live 9).

Ready for some new knowledge? Good…let’s get started. – Thavius Beck


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