Ozone-Live Tutorial Part 2

 

 

Ozone-Live Tutorial Part 2


Part 1: The M-Audio Ozone (this page)

Part 2: Ableton Live (this page)



Ableton Live

get Ableton Live!

Ableton Live! Tutorial

Installing Ableton Live:

Follow the directions. It is too easy. Really....

Copy the Sample files to your hard drive. You will need them.

Live is a very interesting program which lets you have fun immediateley.
You can follow the Lessons and learn from scratch how to do things, but this can be a pain, it takes up visual space for the tutorial interface, and you may not like the "teaching" method. It is still a good idea to use it.

Click -> File -> Open Live Set -> DemoSession to play with the mixer and change parts in a "Live" manor. You can click the little triangle things to start "clips" or the little square things to stop any clip in a track. Kind of interesting. Close that "Live Set".

Open the DemoArrangement to hear the song, or "arrangement". This will let you hear the actual "song" or "arrangement" as it is called in Live! Play the song in the arrangement window and switch back to "session view" to play around with the mixing board levels. Notice how things work much like a real mixing board. Also notice how you need to hit the stop button twice to go back to the beggining - "0" zero.

Fun, no?!

OK, you will get tired of this eventually, and want to create something on your own.

Live from scratch

Open a "New" Live set.

Session View - The session View is Live's mixing board.



Arrangement View - The arrangement view is Live's sequencer


The best way to start out with Live is to find some sound loop files to drop into the arrangements (sequencer) tracks.

Live comes with a nice sample loop collection - PFX Samples. You need to use the file browser:




to find the sounds you like and then drag n' drop them into the tracks you want at the times you want.

. Take track 1 for example. Lets try something from "Beat things" to see what kind of rythm we can get to start out with.


Click the sounds in the file browser to hear them. Make sure your "Pre-Listen" button is activated if you don't hear anything.

Pre-listen "on":


Hmmm... There's a lot to choose from, but we want something slower. This is easy, just change the tempo setting and the sample automatically is adjusted to your beat. No pitch changes! Amazing.

Tempo setting:



Here we have it set to 100 bpm, a nice lazy tempo.

We are going to drop the 100-03a.wav into our first measure of our first track.


OK, now hit the play button on your transport bar and you should hear the beat.

You can drag the end of the sample to fill more measures if you like:


You can also copy and paste the samples:


If your pastes don't seem to go where you want, look for the "little red line". The little red line defines the paste start point. Copying and pasting can be helpful for flexibility with effects and transposition as your arrangement progresses.

Here we have four 100-03a and two 100-06 samples dragged into our beat track:


Let's set our loop punch in region so our beat will play over and over before we move on to getting some bass going on.

You may need to first lengthen your Zooming hot spot until both ends of the loop region are in view.


Drag the end of the loop region to the end of your samples. Then drag the end of your zooming hot spot back to just show the measures you need.

Loop region set:


Turn the "Loop" button on and listen.

Loop on:


Your arrangement should repeat over and over. You may notice that the quality of these samples is really very, very good.

OK, now let's add some bass!

Basses in file browser:


Let your looped arrangement play over and over while trying different bass sample loops until you find something you like.

At this time you will probably need to adjust levels of the samples. Some samples are loud, while others are softer, so you need to change to "Session" view to use your mixer controls.

Arrangement view:


Session View:


Mixer:


Adjust your track volumes until they sound good. Make sure the tracks and master volume are not overloading.

Switch back to Arrangement view:


We now have some drums and bass.

Now we'll throw in some "Pads" - keyboard splashes of color.


Now with Guitars:


Transposing:

It is time to start getting tricky. Lets start messing with "transposing" (tuning) parts and adding effects!

One of lives greatest features is its ability to change "tuning" without changing the overall sample sound. No "chipmunk" effect. Those new to sampling may think this is no big deal. Those who are not have dreamed of this. You can only go so far, however. Don't slow down loops with too much or those loops with high frequency material will degrade.

Double click on the sample you want to transpose. This will give you the sample editing window


Click the "Transpose" button:


The "Transpose Line" will be available now:


To transpose a loop, you need to drag the line up or down to the desired pitch. It is a good idea to loop this section and experiment while listening to make it easier to get it just right.


You can double click to set break points in your transpositions and do a lot of interesting things. A real lot.

Effects:

Click the effects button to access Live's effects


Live's effects:


Live comes with very nice built in effects designed to handle your most common effects needs. They are quite good. You can also access plug-in effects. Ad nauseum.

We select our first drum sample on track 1.


You need to "drag and drop" you effects into the place which says "drop effects here".


We will throw a reverb on the drum track.


Sounds like way too much at first but playing around a bit with reverb parameters will give you a nice full sound for your drums. First use the Dry/Wet setting to set reverb level. Play around with the other settings.


When you have something you like you can save the effects setting for later use:


Click the little disk icon and make up a name.

Next?

Play around, there is so much to play with here, many effects, and many sounds to play with.
The next thing you will want after a few days or so is more samples! You can download many free samples from the net, some free "to use" and some not.

"free" can mean "royalty free" - you can use them in songs that you could eventually have played on the radio without paying royaltiest. "Free" can also mean the samples are free to use for "personal use". Be careful.

Pro Sample loops can make life easy. The good ones sound great from the start and don't require a lot of effects, if any.

Whether you just want to have fun, or whether you want to use Live as a creation tool for creating simple tracks of high sound quality to play over for demos. Live is a great new tool.

Try everything and anything. Save often to new file names!

Next:

Live is not a MIDI sequencer. Sometimes you really need a keyboard/drum machine or that sequenced sound.

Live/Reason/Ozone are three tools that work very well together. Next comes Reason in this tutorial...

"Living within Reason" - ok bad title.

"Reason with your Live" - ughhh worse.



 Thomas Steves