Here's a collection of the most recent 100 Ableton Live Notes articles from SOUND ON SOUND magazine. The most recently-published 5 workshops are locked and accessible only to subscribers, but the others are now free for all to enjoy.

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Making The Most Of LIVE

Gate Expectations

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We get creative with Live's often overlooked Gate processor.

Compress Gang

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at how to get the most out of Live's compressors.

Work Smarter

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We make your life easier with tips on how to work more efficiently with Live.

Good Vibrations

Ableton Live Tips and Techniques

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We look at Live's unusual Collision instrument and associated Corpus effect.

Remote Control

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at the best apps for iPad mixing in Ableton Live.

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It's About Time

Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at what Live's built-in delays can do for you.

Morphology

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live enters a state of flux as we get to grips with morphing.

Aping Tape

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Learn how to mimic a classic analogue tape delay with Live's Looper device.

Groove Mechanics

Ableton Live tips & Techniques

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Trouble finding your groove? Come with us as we dive into Live's Groove Pool...

Group Therapy

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Track grouping is one of Live's most powerful tools for managing your tracks in both Session and Arrangement view.

Simpler Pleasures

Live Tips & Techniques

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Simple and sophisticated sampling are both on offer with Live's Simpler and Sampler instruments.

Max Power

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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There's something for everyone in Max For Live, as we'll see while we explore the best devices MFL has to offer.

Making Notes

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live 9’s new audio-to-MIDI converter has some off-the-wall uses. Let us explain...

Live For Tomorrow

Live Tips & Techniques

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We get hands-on with the new and improved features of Live 9.

Crafty Comping

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Live offers all the tools you need for quick and convenient comping: you just need to know where to look.

This Year’s Model

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Try some guitar-amp modelling with Live, a couple of plug-ins and a bit of know-how.

Smooth Operator

Ableton Live Tips & Technique

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From the conventional to the chaotic, Live’s Operator synth does it all.

Nine Lives

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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What can we expect from Ableton Live’s new version 9?

Deconstructivism

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We show you how to disassemble tracks for creative reworking in Live.

Shift Yourself

Ableton Live Tips & Technique

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We see why there’s much more to Live’s Frequency Shifter effect than meets the eye...

Maschine Music

Ableton Tips & Techniques

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NI’s Maschine makes a perfect partner for Ableton Live.

Tool Up

Ableton Live Tips & Technique

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Unlock the potential of overlooked but useful Live effects devices.

Warped Designs | Media

Ableton Live Tips & Technqiues

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Warped Designs

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to use Live’s clip warping as a sound design tool.

Library

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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This month, swot up on Live’s library and discover what it can do to make your life easier.

Multiband Dynamics Plug-in

Ableton Live Technique

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If you’re mystified by Live’s complex-looking Multiband Dynamics plug-in, let us offer some help...

Step Sequencing

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Setting up an old-fashioned step sequencer in Ableton Live is easy.

Rewiring Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Reason 6 and Live make a great double act, and now it’s even easier to Rewire them together...

Auto Filter

Ableton Live Notes

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Live’s outwardly simple Auto Filter has a lot more to it than you might think...

Grain Delay

Ableton Live Notes

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We demonstrate that there’s more to Live’s Grain Delay than bizarre effects.

Device Racks

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Explore some creative uses for Live’s Device Racks.

Apps For Controlling Ableton Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We round up the best iPad apps for controlling Live.

Live Lessons

Ableton Live Notes

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We show you how to document your projects, sets and custom devices with Live’s Lessons facility.

Versatile Vocoding

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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There’s more to Live’s Vocoder than meets the ear: it can generate all manner of unexpected effects.

Resonant Frequencies

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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There’s more to Live’s Resonators effect than you might think...

Effect Racks

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to make the most of Live’s Effect Racks.

Creative Side‑chaining Effects

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to use side-chaining effects in Ableton Live in this month's Live Notes column.

Distortion Effects

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Things get gritty as we take a tour of Live's varied distortion effects...

Max For Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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Discover how to control your hardware synths using Max For Live.

Track Freeze

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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It's thermal underwear time as we look at the vagaries of track freezing in Live.

Presets

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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All you need to know about Live's idiosyncratic preset management...

Beat Repeat Plug-in

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We show you the most modest of feats: a wonderful way of repeating your beats.

Live DJ'ing

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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DJs can really get clever with Ableton Live. We explain how.

Follow Actions

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We explore a cunning workaround to enhance Ableton Live's already powerful 'Follow Actions' feature.

Live | MIDI Control

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques

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We look at how Live handles control surfaces, and offer some tips for configuring and using them.

Live Side-chain Compression

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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We explore some side-chaining techniques using Live 8s Compressor.

DJ’ing in Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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An introduction to elementary DJing in Ableton Live.

Ableton: Live Clip Slicing

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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The expanded audio clip slicing introduced in Live 8 is a powerful creative tool. We show you how it works.

More Max For Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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MaxMSP neednt be as scary as you might think, as we demonstrate with some basic Max For Live programming.

Max For Live

New dimensions for Ableton Live

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The introduction of MaxMSP adds an entirely new dimension to Live. We take a look at whats already been created in the three months since its release.

Ableton: Sound Design

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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We look at a different use for Lives celebrated time-stretching engine.

Live Looping

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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Live 8s Looper is ideal for quick, fun composition.

Live 8: Groove Matters

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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Get into the groove with the new tools in Live 8.

Ableton Live: Warping Revisited

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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Warping has changed entirely in Live 8. We show you how to get the most out of the new system.

Building A Beatbox In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

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We show you how to make Live emulate an MPC-style workflow for composing rhythm tracks.

Ableton Live: Real-time Clip Modulation

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

We return to the subject of Clip Envelopes, and discover how it’s possible to work around a Live limitation and record MIDI controller data into Clips in real time.

Using Clip Envelopes In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Clip Envelopes offer a powerful alternative to standard track-based automation, and have many creative and practical applications, so let's see what they can do...

Ableton Live Recording Tips

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

As Live has gradually made the transition towards fully fledged DAW, the recording side of the program has become increasingly sophisticated — so we're going to look at some tricks to make basic recording easier.

Using External Audio In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Live 7 saw the the introduction of some powerful new features for integration with hardware instruments, effects units, and Rewire applications.

Drum Racks In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

New in Live 7, Drum Racks takes the Instrument Rack concept in a percussive direction. Read on to see what it can do for you and your drums...

Track Freezing In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Track freezing makes it possible to create much larger projects, and collaborate with other Live users who have different plug-ins, all without cramping your style.

Cueing & Crossfading In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Whether you're looking into performing with Live on stage, or laying down fast arrangements in the studio, the place to start is the mixer's cue-mixing and crossfading features.

Creative Clip Launching In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Clip Launch modes and Follow Actions are two of the most powerful and creative feature sets for composing and performing with Live, but they're also among the least well known. Let's investigate...

Impulse Drum Machine In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Live's built-in instruments are pretty sophisticated, yet retain the ease of use that is central to the Ableton philosophy. In this article we're going to look at how to make the most of the Impulse drum machine.

Rewiring Live In Pro Tools

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Rewiring Live through Pro Tools can open up a world of new possibilities for both applications.

Integrating MIDI Hardware with Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Technique

This month, we look at how to connect, control and record hardware MIDI instruments using Live.

Using Racks In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

We look at how the new Instrument and Effects Racks in Live 6 stretch the creative possibilities for combining and controlling multiple devices and plug-ins.

Warping 101 In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Technique

It's back to basics for this month's Live workshop, with an overview of Live's time-warping technology.

Complete Production In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Last month, we looked at how to build a DAW-like audio mixer in Live's Session view. This time, we'll turn our attention to MIDI channel strips, navigation, and tracking in the Arrangement view.

Ableton Live: Complete Production

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Ableton Live isn't just a DJ tool, but a very capable audio workstation. This month we begin a look at how to approach Live if you want to use it as a fully fledged audio sequencer.

Using Virtual Instruments In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Technique

When Ableton added MIDI support to Live, they also added virtual instrument support — in this article we look at how to take full advantage of software synths within Live.

Preparing a performance with Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

They say one step in planning saves two in execution — and that certainly applies to doing a performance with Ableton Live sequencer...

Using REX Files In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

Ableton Live 5 doesn't work with REX files, right? Well, technically speaking, it does not support the 'official' REX file format. But not only can you create your own REX-style slicing within Live, the 'do it yourself' stretching method we describe in this article can be surprisingly flexible.

Recording & Remixing In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

In part two of our recording and remixing article we examine how you can use Live's unique features to prepare a recording for remixing.

Recording & Remixing With Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

In the first instalment of this two-part article, we examine how you can use Live as a conventional digital audio workstation.

Streamlining Your Workflow In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Notes & Techniques

We begin this new series on using Ableton Live by examining how you can increase your productivity whilst using the program as a writing tool.

 

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