Ableton Tutorial: Making beats with Arpeggiators

Mr. Bill – Tutorial 2 : Making complex drumbeats using arpeggiators from Bill Day on Vimeo.

It’s interesting to peak into someone’s left brain meets right brain work flow. You can pick up a few Ableton tips and tricks in this video and see how pushing pixels turns into sound.

“So in this tutorial i have used Ableton’s Simpler, Arpeggiator and utility to create some complex beats out of simple ones. The idea here is you don’t have to program everything by hand if your more into the idea of chance music or your just lazy or want to control things in a different way!” – Bill Day

I never knew that dragging a audio selection onto a MIDI track would automatically create a Simpler with the audio set up. Did you learn anything new?

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6 thoughts on “Ableton Tutorial: Making beats with Arpeggiators”

  1. I liked the tip about using the Utility module to do volume automation so the actual track volume channel is free for mixdown. I’ve struggled with trying to balance levels over automation a few too many times. Never knew the thing about dragging a sample to the device area either.

  2. Umm…i could be mistaken but it certainly appears as if he’s using curved automation!!! As far as I knew that wasn’t yet a feature in Live, despite near incessant bitching for it. Is it an API hack or something?!? What gives? I want!

  3. this is how a lot of people do it in Logic but minus the arps and automation. i like this method and will give it a try. i use 7 so we’ll see how much less automation allows me to mimic this style.

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