Help me understand .alc files?

I am new to Live and to music-making in general. I downloaded a Live Pack called Blombastic from the Ableton website. The kit contained three categories of things: It had samples. I understand these. It had a bunch of drum kits; I more or less understand these. And it had also had .alc files in a directory called "Clips."

I suppose .alc stands for Ableton Live Clip. It seemed to load a drum kit along with a drum pattern. I opened one of these called "Electrified Kit 01.alc." I opened a separate instance of this kit so that I could try to program the pattern by ear. Just as a way of learning about drum programming.

As I did this, I noticed that there were times when the pitch of a sample was different in the pattern I had loaded than it was if you just hit the corresponding drum pad. It was as if the pattern included other data than just which pad is activated at what moment and for how long and with what velocity. But for the life of me, I can't figure out where this extra information is held. The arrangement view is totally empty so I am guessing that it's not some kind of automation? But I'm really too new to all this to have much faith in my guesses. Can anyone help me understand what's going on here?


angryfix 3 years ago | 0 comments

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  • angryfix
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    Oh, I figured it out. In clip view there's a button to toggle showing the envelope boxes and this brings up a strange looking version of the piano roll where instead of adding and removing midi data, you can adjust various parameters. I can't say I fully understand what I'm looking at here but at least I know what part of the manual to study now!

    3 years ago | 0 comments

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