1. Think about how you can reduce distractions while making music: turning off notifications, making Live full-screen and setting aside dedicated time to make music should help. Learning the keyboard shortcuts also saves a lot of time!
2. Review the Clips you have so far. If you want more material to work with, there are loads more sounds in the free Packs from Ableton – see this video for how to install Packs.
3. Arrange all the Clips in Scenes. Name and colour your Clips, Tracks and Scenes. Group your Tracks to keep your Project tidy and manageable.
4. Add Audio Effects to Return Tracks and use the Track Sends.
5. Add MIDI Effects before your Instruments on your Clip Tracks, and add Audio Effects after your MIDI Instruments. Do this in the Detail View. In class, we added two MIDI Effects before an Instrument: Arpeggiator and Chord.
6. Check that you have the Chop + Swing Pack in your Browser – we’ll need it for next session. This video explains how to install Packs:
Watch Liina’s video on How To Create Audio Effect Rack Presets and then create an Audio Effect Rack. Map some of the parameters to Macros. If you have a controller, MIDI Map your controller’s knobs to the Macros.