1. Check out these slides for an introduction to audio recording equipment, and if you have a microphone + audio interface, connect them to your computer. Watch Liina’s videos if you’d like more info on recording and setting up a home studio.
2. Go through Live’s built-in lesson to revise the settings we went through in class (sample rate and buffer size), plus a few new ones: In the Help menu, click Help View and it will appear on the right. Then click Audio I/O and go through the lesson.
3. Create MIDI Clips in the Session View to refresh your knowledge of the basic functions of Live and get a basic song idea down. For example, you could create a few beats Clips variations using a Drum Rack, then a bassline and a melody using different Instruments.
4. Record Audio Clips using either your computer microphone (lo-fi!) or an external microphone + interface if you have one.
5. When you have some Clips that sound cool together, record them from the Session View into the Arrangement View. If you did our Level 1 Course, you’ve already done this workflow, and if not – see Liina’s video below for more info. You can also download a free PDF Guide of this workflow.
6. Record some Audio Clips into the Arrangement View. The process is the same as recording in Session View and the Mixer Controls are the same, they are just located on the right-hand side (Arrangement View) rather than on the bottom (Session View). You could play an instrument, sing, speak, bang a pan or record anything else that makes noise!
7. We recommend saving different versions of your Live Set as you go along, in case you make changes you don’t like. You can save your work as a new version using ‘Save As’. Alternatively, use ‘Save a Copy’ to save a snapshot of your project and continue working on the current version. Also, back up your work – don’t learn this the hard way! We always advise backing your music up on a second source as well as the computer hard-drive, for example, a good sized USB (at least 256 GB), external hard-drive, or cloud based system.
8. Download the Loopmasters Mixtape Pack ready to use during next week’s session. This video explains how to install Packs:
9. Remember that things are normally tricky the first time you do them, and if you find all this confusing, that’s normal. You are AMAZING and you’ll soon understand this stuff, then your CREATIVITY will flow 🙂
If you want to solidify what we’ve covered today and also learn some extra tips, you can go through Live’s built-in lesson: In the Help menu at the top, click Help View and it will appear on the right. Click ‘Recording Audio’ to show that lesson, and work through it.
If you want to dive deep into the topic of Audio Recording, watch this video from Liina. Just stop if you start to feel overwhelmed – she really goes into detail towards the end of the video!
- If you’re using an audio interface and have any problems or latency (there is a gap between making noise into your microphone and hearing it in your headhpones):
- Check out Liina’s video on latency issues with interface.
- In Live, go to Help -> Help View -> Setting up Audio I/O and follow the steps.