‘Did you Know?’ Pt 5 – Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck: Remove Stop Buttons

In our new Ableton Live video tutorial series, “Did You Know?”, Ableton Certified Trainer, Dubspot Instructor, and electronic musician Thavius Beck checks out less explored and slightly hidden features in Live. In the latest installment of ‘Did You Know?’ Thavius offers a very useful and invaluable tip for launching clips and moving through scenes in Live. He explains how by simply removing the stop buttons inside empty clip slots, you can launch clips and jump through scenes without having to interrupt your groove. This is something that is essential and practical putting a track in the Session View without committing it to the Arrange view.

Each track in the session view has empty clip slots that can contain audio clips (on an audio track) or MIDI clips (on a MIDI track). These empty clip slots have a square on the left side of them which acts as a stop button. If an empty clip is launched on a track, it will stop any other clip playing on the same track (because launching an empty clip just means you are hitting the stop button in the empty clip slot). Depending on what you intend to do with your set, this can be a good or a bad thing.

But did you know that you can remove the stop buttons inside the empty clip slots? By simply right-clicking inside of an empty clip slot, you’ll be able to remove the stop button. Why would we want to do this? One very useful application is if we want to use the session view to build an arrangement by organizing groups of clips into different Scenes (a horizontal row of clips). Using the Scene Launch buttons on the right side of the Session view, we can launch an entire horizontal row of clips. Keeping this in mind, we can lay out our beat from top to bottom in the session view by putting different combinations of clips together as scenes (Scene 1 can be one part of the drum beat, Scene 2 can add another element to the drums that might come in 8 bars after the beginning, Scene 3 can add an extra sound and be where the verse starts, etc.), and if we remove the stop buttons from the empty clip slots in the scenes we’ve created, we can assure that whatever sound is launched in Scene 1 won’t stop when we launch Scene 2. This is very helpful when doing rough arrangements in the session view before you commit them to the arrangement view. If you lay out your scenes in an organized way, you can just launch them in order when recording to the arrangement view, which will make arranging your entire song a much easier process. Sometimes all it takes is removing a button to improve your entire workflow! - Thavius Beck

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