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Learn to use Ableton Live with Novation

What is Ableton Live?

Ableton Live is music making software: a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) that lets you produce and perform electronic music. You can either do this by sequencing tracks in the traditional linear way, or by launching samples, instruments and effects totally on the fly.

To quote Ableton themselves, "Live is software for creating musical ideas, turning them into finished songs, and even taking them onto the stage."

By giving you total hands-on control over absolutely anything in Ableton, Novation Launchpad, Launchkey, make it as simple as possible to create extraordinary music.

How to Produce with Ableton

In this video, we show you how you can use Ableton to produce electronic music.

The video assumes you have a Novation Controller and you're set up and ready to go, but even if that's not the case, it's a good way of learning the basics of Live.

After you've finished, you’ll have discovered how to:

  • Add drums and loops from your free Loopmasters sound library
  • Make your own instruments and drum kits
  • Add effects to your instruments
  • Arrange and export your track
  • Upload your song to Soundcloud

The video also touches on warping, which makes any audio clip the same speed and rhythm as the rest of your project, no matter its original speed. This means you can launch clips that always play in time!

The Next Step - How to Make Professional Electronic Music

Launchpad, Launch Control and Launchkey are easy-to-use Ableton controllers, however they’re also ideal for advanced production techniques.

In this video, Novation artist Alex Maxwell uses the Novation Launchkey Mini to demonstrate an advanced performance, including:

  • Manipulating multiple effects with a single knob
  • Switching from clip-launching to controlling drum racks
  • Controlling the Ableton Mixer
  • Triggering scenes on the fly

Alex’s performance shows off our ergonomic Launch design, which keeps him within a finger’s reach of all the assignable controls he could need. He also provides some quick and easy tips on how to produce a track in Ableton.

Recreate the Launchkey Mini Video

In this video, you can see how the promo video for Launchkey Mini was created in Ableton Live by KillTheRobot.

You’ll discover how to:

  • Create an advanced performance using a Launchkey Mini
  • Split the product into two areas: Pads and Keyboard
  • Change sounds on-the-fly as you perform
  • Record the live performance

The video features an Ableton Live session which you can download and use (and, of course, share for yourself).

Watch the original performance on Launchkey Mini by KillTheRobot

Download the Ableton Session

Recreate the Avec Sans Launch Control XL Video

In this video, you’ll discover how to:

  • Perform using a combination of Novation controllers and Ableton Live
  • Use multiple instruments at the same time
  • Control effects, devices and instruments on the fly using Launch Control XL
  • Record your live performance

You can also download the Ableton Live session, recreate the performance and share it yourself.

All Novation gear comes with Ableton Live Lite and 1GB of free professional-quality audio samples. Simply plug in and start making music.

Watch the original performance on Launch Control XL by Avec Sans

Download the Ableton Session

Recreate the ill Factor Launch Control XL Video

This video will show you how to recreate the Launch Control XL performance by Ivan Corraliza, aka. ill Factor (Timbaland, Nelly Furtado, Kelly Rowland).

You’ll learn how to:

  • Perform using a combination of Novation controllers and Ableton Live
  • Use multiple instruments at the same time
  • Control effects, devices and instruments using Launch Control XL
  • Arm, solo and mute tracks on the fly
  • Tweak your mix
  • Record your live performance

Again, you can download the Ableton Live session, recreate the performance and share it yourself.

Watch the original performance on Launch Control XL by ill Factor

Download the Ableton Session

Novation and Ableton Live

All Novation synths and controllers come with Ableton Live Lite and 1GB of free professional-quality audio samples, suiting genres including House, Garage, Techno, Dubstep, EDM and more. Simply plug in and start making music without any complicated setting up.

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