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Intro to Ableton Live’s Interface

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In this video we’ll get familiar with Ableton Live’s interface. Live has a lot of functions we’ll continue to uncover throughout this course. If you’re already familiar with Ableton’s layout, feel free to skip ahead.

Live is composed of two views – Arrangement view and Session view.

The Session view is perfect for brainstorming musical ideas, and for performing live, such as DJing or launching loops live on-stage. You can’t export songs in session view…it will have to eventually go to Arrangement view to export audio.

Arrangement view is made for recording tracks/ clips, and composing across a timeline. This view is similar to other music software (DAWs) such as Pro Tools, FL Studio, Logic, GarageBand, etc. However, some people also perform on stage in Arrangement view.

Ableton is incredibly versatile with so many features, and can be intimidating when first getting started. But don’t stress! By the end of this course, you’ll be able to easily navigate all the main functions and establish your own workflow producing music.

In this video, we’ll look at the basic layout of Ableton and its features…