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, skip ahead to the next video in this Intro to Ableton Live course.
Live is composed of two views – Arrangement view and Session view.
The Session view is great for organizing, composing, and performing MIDI and audio “clips”. Session view is perfect for coming up with musical ideas, and later recording them into Arrangement view. It’s also commonly used for DJing and launching loops live on-stage. You should also know that you can’t export your songs in session view…it will have to eventually go to Arrangement view for Ableton 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…