Ableton Live is a popular program among many music producers, entertainers, and DJs as a tool for professional sound presentations, whether in a recording studio or for events. The software has a variety of features to help you create some types of audio tracks, regardless of purpose or genre.
Follow these basic steps to learn how to handle the complex functions of the Ableton Live program.
You must download Ableton Live 10, here is the link to do it in a very practical way.
Now install. Check that you have the necessary system requirements to run Ableton Live 10, for this you must take into account the minimum requirements that the program asks for:
Ableton Live 10 Suite includes requirements such as an advanced sound card, graphics display card or other piece of hardware, runs on Windows 7 SP1 (64-bit) or higher and macOS 10.11.6 or higher. Similarly, at least 8 GB of RAM is recommended on any of these operating systems.
Ableton Live Interface
First we have the session window, it is the main one that shows us the software in which the audio channels are present
The second window we have is the array or multi-track window.
The difference is that there are 2 types of view, from the session window is where the loops or jams are used and we will see everything vertically from top to bottom while in the multitrack is the more technical window, where we will work the edition and automation in a horizontal way from left to right. (it should be noted that to change views we can do so by pressing the “TAB” key)
This is the information window where we can see the details of any instrument, fx, plugins and everything we decide to put here.
How can I add a digital instrument to the tool panel?
Here’s how you can locate and start using digital instruments on the Ableton Live console
On the left hand side we have the browser, or the Browser window, which is divided into 2, 1 general folders and 2 audio content
Where you will find all the available instruments, first select “Instruments” and then “Instrument Rack” on the left
A list of available instruments will be displayed, here we will have instruments such as drums, pianos, guitars, among others, in our case we will select “Pianos & Keys”, to use it, we must select it and drag it to the MIDI tool we have on the right
The selected instrument will be available for use in our MIDI or digital instrument box
The Channels window reflects the audio channels; it should be noted that by default, Ableton Live has 4 channels (2 MIDI and 2 audio), in MIDI we can place instruments as we did in the previous step and in Audio, we can use songs, voices, recordings that we have available.
In the case of adding a file to an audio channel, we locate it in the browser and drag it to our channel 3 on the right
How do I record a track?
Knowing a bit the interface of the session window, we have that in the box number 1, represents the compaces counter, the 2 where we can play “Play”, pause “Stop” or start a recording “Record”, respectively according to the graphic order of the buttons, the box number 3, is where we can save each recording we make by instrument, in this case some recording of the piano that we activated previously.
Further to the left we have the transport bar the bpm (beats per minute), it will keep the playback speed of the whole track, the second box reflects the metronome trigger, according to whether it is activated or not, it could come out in the recording of the project, in the case of “4/4” it reflects the beat that will mark the metronome.
Continuing with the session window, we have that inside the highlighted box we notice 3 buttons, 1, S and a circle, in this case the 1, activates or deactivates that audio channel, the “S” activates a “Solo” mode, so that only that channel sounds, and the circle, activates the recording mode of the channel. This way you can record a loop or a track, using the basic tools as there are many more functions that make this process more complex.
We hope this tour through Ableton Live 10 has been helpful to you, any concerns, please feel free to ask in the comment box.