Week 1

1. Play around with all the functions of Live that we’ve covered. Check out the notes and video below if you need a reminder. You don’t have to fully understand everything now – just have these concepts floating around in your mind. All will become clear as you use Live over the next month. 😀

2. Program in a beats loop + a few variations. Liina’s video on BEATS will help you aim for a specific genre. You can also search for the typical BPM and beat pattern of your favourite genre. You’ll use your beats loops as the basis of next week’s session.

3. Next, find some Samples in the Browser that sound cool with your Drums.

4. 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!

5. Remember that it’s your first time, and if you found all the buttons confusing, that’s normal. You are AMAZING and you’ll soon understand those buttons, then your CREATIVITY will flow 🙂

Troubleshooting:

  • If you can’t hear playing Clips:
    • You may have opened a Live Set made in a different version of Live to yours. For example, Live Suite has more Instruments than Live Intro, so MIDI Clips made with certain Instruments in Suite won’t play in Intro.
    • Check that none of the Tracks have the Solo button on. Solo means that you only hear the Clips from the solod Track.
    • Check that none of the Tracks are de-activated (the square button with the number of the Track)

More beginner producer videos from Liina’s channel:

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