Improvisation Using Ableton Push + Live 9 w/ Dubspot Instructor Adriano Clemente (CapcOm)

In this video, Dubspot instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Adriano Clemente (Capcom) showcases live performance techniques using Ableton PUSH and his own LIGHT PUSHer custom-design light rig.

When I was asked to create a video on Push for Dubspot, Ableton Live 9 had just came out and I have had my Push unit for only few weeks. Some of the things I love about Ableton firstborn devices are:

  • You don’t have to look at the computer screen while playing and managing your workflow.
  • The ability to interface with a controller which gives you a series of light colored feedbacks in real time.
  • The pad layout opens a world of musical possibilities and it’s suitable for many production styles.
  • The seamless integration with the Ableton Live software.

In this video, I’ve made an effort to concentrate on the major features and options that users have to perform with in Ableton Push. I want to clarify that I don’t necessarily define Push as a performance controller, nor do I use it Live as a only component of my rig, it’s more a studio buddy which helps me to transport the experience of making music into a more engaging dimension and let me escape the classic keyboard-mouse setting.

MIC WANTS TO KILL ME

That being said if you are a musician who likes to improvise, Push is one the most powerful performance tools. It offers many amazing tools, all together, and right out of the box! In the video, I start by playing a music loop as a core around which I then build and tailor a series of sequences using several techniques: step sequencing, real-time recording, loop resizing, and repeat-rolling (on the hi-hats). I then use my “AC” follow-action technique that allows me to re-trigger sections of loops in a really fast, dynamic and controlled way.

Thanks to the new Live 9 capabilities, I can record automation on the fly directly playing in the Session View, and I use this technique to create my build ups and rhythmic effects. There are also some sliced to MIDI Drum Racks which contain vocal samples. – Adriano Clemente


Adriano Clemente is a music producer, performer, and interactive sound designer who also teaches Music Production with Ableton Live and Sound Design using Native Instruments Komplete at Dubspot NYC. Clemente is an Ableton Certified Trainer and I’ve had the chance to use this fabulous software in both common and uncommon venues around the world. Keep up with Adriano Clemente on TwitterSoundCloud, and at AdrianoClemente.com.


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
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  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music


This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

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