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It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the basic concepts of Ableton Live at the very beginning of the program study, as understanding the basic principles of work will help to maximize your creativity.


With the Ableton Live browser, you canInteract with the music library: the main sounds of the program, the sounds from the installed additional packages, saved presets and samples, built-in and additional tools and any folders that you can add manually.

Live Sats

Documents that you create in the process of work,Are called Live Sets and stored inside the Live Project, which is a folder with all the files related to your project. Live Set can be opened both with the help of the file browser of your operating system, and from the browser Ableton Live.

Arrangement Modes and Sessions

In Ableton Live the main musical elementsAre clips. A clip is a piece of musical material - a melody, a drum pattern, a bass line or even a whole song. Ableton Live allows you to record and modify clips, and create musical structures of them: songs, parts, remixes, DJ sets or shows for the stage.

In Live Set there are two environments that can contain clips: mode Arrangements (Composing clips along the timeline) and mode Sessions (Running clips in real time). Each session clip has its own start button, with which you can run clips at any time and in any order. You can also configure the behavior of each clip after starting.

If you use Ableton Live in one window, thenYou can switch between modes by pressing the [Tab] key or the corresponding selectors in the upper right corner of the main program screen. If you use two windows, pressing the [Tab] key will move the Sessions and Arrange modes between both windows.

The Arrange mode and the Session mode are convenientInteract with each other. For example, you can improvise with the clips in the Session and record in parallel the events in the Arrangement for further improvement. This works because the Arrangement and the Session are linked together by paths.


Tracks contain clips, and also control streaming signals to create new clips with the help of recording, sound synthesis, effects processing and mixing.

The session and the arrangement contain the sameTrack. In the Session mode, the tracks are horizontally arranged in columns, and in the Arrange mode they are superimposed vertically with a timeline moving from left to right. A simple rule that regulates the behavior of clips on a track: a track can only play one clip at a time.

Therefore, usually clips that must be replacedEach other in the Session vertically on one track, and the clips playing simultaneously are distributed along the tracks in a horizontal row. This is called a scene.

At the same time, the track can play clips eitherOnly in the Session mode, or only in the Arrange mode. When the clip starts in Session, the track stops playing the rest. For example, if the track played a clip in the Arrangement, it would stop it in favor of the track in the Session - even when the remaining tracks continue to play clips in the Arrangement.

The track does not return to playback.Arrangements until you click the Back to Arrangement button on the master track in the Session mode and in the upper right corner of the Arrange mode. This button lights when at least one track does not play in the Arrange mode, but plays a clip in the Session.

You can click this button to make all tracksReturned to playing in the Arrange mode. Also in the Arrange mode, each track has its own button for returning the Arrange playback, which allows you to select only certain tracks.

THE CONCEPT OF Ableton Live Was last modified: June 21st, 2017 By Reoroafx
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