Ableton Live Tutorial: Recording and Arranging

Bringing Session View Clips into the Arrangement View: This tutorial walks the brand new Live user through the basic steps of uniquely recording & dragging Clips from the Session View into the Arrangement View in Ableton Live.
Part 7 of a new series featuring Ableton’s lead clinician Huston Singletary. This tutorial walks the new user through the process utilizing the Global Record feature and much more.


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In the video Working With the Session View, we covered the basics of Live’s session view. In this video, we’ll learn how to turn our session view ideas into a finished song, in the arrangement view. Here’s a session view, full of clips. To make a recording of everything that you do in a session view, simply un-arm any tracks that are currently record enabled. Now enable global record. Then freely launch clips or scenes. Note that when you do this, Live does not create new AIFF or WAVE files, only data that refers to these files, so even very complex arrangements won’t take up any additional space on your hard disc. As you can see, by hitting the Tab key, whatever clips or scenes are launched in this session view, are recorded into the arrangement view. It’s worth noting that any changes we make to mixer or device parameters are also recorded into the arrangement view. [music plays] Press the “Stop All Clips” button here when you’re done. As an alternative to real-time recording, you can drag clips from the session to the arrangement view. Select one or more clips, click and hold on a clip, press the Tab key, and drop anywhere in the arrangement view. Once in the arrangement view, selected clips can be added with any available edit menu commands. Clips set to loop can be extended as much as you want, by dragging their upper right or left edges.

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