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Sep 25, 2005, 06:31 PM
Hey guys, just got a copy of Ableton Live, and even after following the tutorial, im CLUELESS on how to make songs...this is way different from Fruity Loops on my PC...anybody have any USEFUL tips that can help me start making music again? Otherwise its back to the PC for certain things...



Sep 26, 2005, 12:05 PM
the best advice is just stick at it. You cant give something up if you dont get it right away. I looked at Live for the first time last night, and while I couldnt get round the interface straight away it started to click into place from the tutorials.

While it is different to Fruity Loops, its probably the closest thing available on the mac.

Try going through the Live tutorials included again, just to familiarise yourself with the gui more. The thing I like is loading in a loop, then using one of the windows to re arrange the beat.

Jun 17, 2008, 06:48 PM
Hey!!!... Live is much better than fruityloops... u can use loops, Plug ins (instruments & Fxs)... is a strong sequencer... If u look when u make a new set on live appear the arrangement view (have other view to work with audio clips) with 2 tracks (audio & midi)... well then is simple... just drag any sample to audio track or a plug in to midi track... very intuitive... I recommend u see some tutorials on YouTube... Ableton have a official place there....
Sorry 4 my english....

Jun 21, 2008, 08:24 AM
I have been using Ableton Live 5 for 2 years and it is very good fun. It's a different way of recording to other systems, like cubase, logic etc... (Although you can still record linearly in the alternative view by pressing tab). If you are good at working in phrases and creating rhythms then it's ideal, as once a loop is created, it can be brought in and out all over the place.

it's best feature though, as it suggests, is the ability to perform live, by creating backing tracks, or if you are a DJ, mixing on it is easy. You have to get used to what all the buttons actually mean, but if you have a MIDI controller, then Live comes into it's own as a live tool. You can control pretty much everything- Playing individual phrases, changing tempo, and adjusting parameters of absolutely everything in effects units and the mixer.

I find it good fun in the studio just sitting there playing with it for ages. If you want a program that is purely for recording though, you may find that Logic or Pro Tools, the more linear based recorders, make your work flow quicker. I'm currently looking into it myself- but there's no doubt that the abilities of Live make for a lot of creative recording!

Jan 11, 2009, 11:27 AM
Lots of free tutorials out there, here you got one (http://tinyurl.com/7j7y8u) and anothe (http://tinyurl.com/9kss4f)r

And you'll find many more tutorials here (http://tinyurl.com/9ml6th) and free ebooks here (http://tinyurl.com/9msgk9)