Ableton Live in 60 Seconds

Ableton Live in 60 seconds from on Vimeo.

That’s the reason Ableton Live is the best production tool: different modes. I can use Live in Arrangement View and work like I did years back in Cubase and Pro-Tools. I can use Live in Session View and have a play/scratch area to let ideas explode or just build the parts Im going to use in Arrangement View. I can use Live when I’m on stage triggering video and controllers. I’ve almost never had Live crash in the studio and never once on stage. Yep this is an advert except I didn’t get paid for it. Just saying thanks for something I use a lot. We tend to worship the tools that make us sound good (and make us money!). To people who aren’t convinced there is a fully functioning free trial of Live (no saving).

“Ableton Live is about making music; for composition, songwriting, recording, production, remixing and live performance. Live’s nonlinear, intuitive flow, alongside powerful real-time editing and flexible performance options, make it a unique studio tool and a favorite with live performers. If you’d rather be “making music” than just “using music software,” Ableton Live is for you.” –

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Oliver Chesler

"Hello my name is Oliver and I'm going to tell you a story." I have been recording music since 1989 under the name The Horrorist. I have released over 60 singles and 4 full length albums. To hear my music please go to:

3 thoughts on “Ableton Live in 60 Seconds”

  1. Yeh I have to say I really do like Live and it is the main DAW I use by a fair bit – I use Record/Reason aswell but no as much. It’s just so simple to use and does exactly what you want, also stuff like being able to save pretty much any element, audio or midi clip or fx chain in the left hand menu is INCREDIBLY handy.

    Glad to see Audio Damage got one of their plugs in that video :) – (Fluid)

  2. Live helped me discover my sound. VST’s helped me realize my synth dreams on a super low budget. I loved Logic in the PC days, and messed around with CUBASE, but Live was what I think my creative brain needed. I give thanks always.

  3. I agree. Ableton has changed the game for my productions completely. It’s so easy to select a track, record, and get out your ideas quickly and efficiently. I started in Pro Tools because it was the major studio standard I guess, but I hated the workflow. It was so uninspiring trying to write songs in PT. Then I went to Cubase and loved it, the interface, the play order track was great and reminded me of my MPC sequencer, great mixer, loved it. Then comes Ableton, at first I used it for DJing, and decided to give it a go for production. Haven’t look at any other DAW since, other than when someone must have a PT session from me, I do all of my songwriting in Ableton. I think it’s capabilities are damn near genius level. The crap people spread about the bussing is hogwash, keep your levels low and don’t go into the red like Oliver said, and hear your tracks shine! I wonder what more they will do in Ableton 9. Also, finally got my hands on the APC40. Producing tracks in session view and triggering scenes with this feels like the future of production.

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