Live Intro tips and tricks

It struck me as a good idea, now that Ableton have this forum, to have a tips-and-tricks section for users generally, but mainly Live Intro (because that's the one I use, I'm not an accomplished musician, I experiment a lot, I like building pieces in arrangement view - and I just can't fathom session view!). I'm sure there are users out there who've experienced difficulties, found workarounds or discovered the answer elsewhere. One question that I'd ask, for instance, is whether it's possible to download other "voices" and incorporate them into the instrument rack?

 

I'll keep looking in, in case the idea takes off.

 

Andy

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AndrewJohn 2 years ago | 0 comments

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  • Amitsegall
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    Hi andy,
     

    by voices i assume that you mean having more instruments to play with. 
    you can download what's called a "live pack" which sometimes contains new instrument racks - which then you can use them for you own stuff. there are many packs here in Ableton's website :

    http://www.ableton.com/livepacks
    but since you are currently using live intro you might not be able to use instrument racks that contain instrument you don't have in your version.
    hope that answer your question.
    Amit.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • cygnal
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    @MirakleAllure Ableton has a kind of a "freeform" routing mechanism, where there are virtually no limitations on the set-up of signal flow. This is because in Ableton, there are only two basic types of tracks: Audio and MIDI. You can route any Audio track to any other audio track, whether you want a bus channel, return effects, bus groupings, or track grouping. It's quite versatile.

    First you have to enable the "input/output" strip by clicking on the "io" circle to the right of the Master channel strip...

     

    Then, simply create an empty track with a compressor, set it's output (the last dropdown menu in the IO strip) to Master, and any track you want to route to the compressor, set its' output to the name of the track with the compressor. You would want to also switch the compressor track's monitoring to IN (the three buttons in the IO strip), so you can hear the tracks being routed. This can all be in Pre or Post mode, allowing you to bypass the effects, etc.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • AndrewJohn
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    Thanks, Amit. Yes, that's what I meant by "voices", and thanks for your advice. I am a bit limited at the moment with using Intro, but for what I do I don't think I could justify paying several hundred pounds for a more beefed-up version. This allows me to play around and experiment, put together the odd piece of music, and I guess it even helps having the limitations, because then you have to be a bit more inventive.

     

    Andy

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • vitaminB
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    Even though you may not be able to use all the Live packs as Amit suggested, you're also right that limitations can only help to inspire you...

    However, you can add more 'voices' by dropping samples onto Simpler. Record yourself, cut bits out of tracks, download sample packs, any sound will do; loop just a tiny bit of something then get creative with Simpler's settings and mould the sound into something else.

    Enjoy being inventive :)

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • MirakleAllure
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    Hi, i wanted to ask if it's possible to run multiple audio tracks trough a single compressor and if yes.... how to do it?? I'm absolutely new to ableton, always bin using reason and cubase so i'd appreciate all the help?!! I use live intro.

    2 years ago | 0 comments
  • MirakleAllure
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    @cygnal thanks a lot this really answered my question, it works out fine so thanks for your time!!

    2 years ago | 0 comments

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