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Live 11 Session View

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques By Len Sasso
Published June 2021

We explore what’s new in Live 11’s Session View...

This month we’ll focus on Session view with a look at Live 11’s changes to clips, Scenes and Follow Actions. You’ll find a full review of Live 11’s new features in the March 2021 issue of Sound On Sound.

Clip View

Screen 1. Live 11’s rearranged MIDI Clip view.Screen 1. Live 11’s rearranged MIDI Clip view.The first thing you’ll notice when you examine a MIDI clip in Live’s Clip view is that the panel layout is a bit different. In Screen 1, coloured outlines identify similar sections in Live 10 and 11. In Live 11, the clip’s coordinates, loop, time signature and groove settings are on the left (red and purple outlines) along with a new Scale setting to highlight notes in the chosen scale. The Scale button will restrict the unoccupied lanes of Live’s piano‑roll display to the chosen scale. (This is not scale correction — notes outside the scale persist and their lanes are displayed.) The Follow Action settings (green outline) come next and can be hidden with the wedge‑button at the left end of the title bar. The tabs across the top of the MIDI Note editor (orange outline) select Note view (shown), Envelope view or Expression view.

At the bottom of the MIDI Note editor you’ll find a Chance lane below the traditional Velocity lane. Both Velocity and Chance are displayed as horizontal bars the length of the note — their vertical position indicates their value. The Randomize button randomises the values for the selected notes in the selected lane. The slider next to it sets the random range. In the MIDI Note editor, notes with Chance less than 100 percent are indicated by a grey wedge in...

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