Getting Started With Ableton Live

Ableton Live is probably the most popular live performance DAW for electronic musicians and DJs alike. However, despite its relatively user-friendly interface, it can be a somewhat daunting prospect for newcomers to the area. Fortunately, there are many resources to help – and even seasoned pros can learn a thing or two here…

A Year With Swollen Buffers

Last year, over at heatercore, Jon Margulies compiled an epic list of Ableton Live tips – one for every day of the year, in fact.

This is probably a must-read for anyone starting out in live electronic performance, and even Ableton veterans will learn a thing or seventy from this immense and engaging resource. Tips range from the basics of setting up a project to the practicalities of configuring your controller to be as efficient as possible, and much more besides…

Visual Cues

If you prefer your tutelage to be in video form, then Dubspot have plenty to go around on their YouTube channel. Here’s one on audio chopping:

And for maximum workflow efficiency, a guide to Ableton keyboard shortcuts:

And taking it out on the stage:


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