It took a little longer getting acclimated to Live then I thought, But I was able to put something together. I really liked the idea of samples and adding my stuff over a song, giving it a new feel. In the second section I layered samples of the same song to give it a new, fuller sound. Final section, I came back to what I had in the beginning, but I sped up. I felt with everything going on, it kept it interesting. With a little more time, I think this song could have been even better. Compared to the draft, I added some claps and other synths and vocals.The readings helped me understand Live better and get adjusted from Logic. It also taught me the basic functions and where to find things as well. All requirements have been met. Enjoy!
This is my final Live Project. It is pretty similar to the draft, but I added in a break section in the middle to give some variety. I also added in some sharp, abrupt vocals since those are often found in this type of electronic music. Additionally, I changed the final section so that there is now a sort of back and forth between synths of different pitches. I thought that this would keep the song interesting at the tail end. The readings helped me with this project by basically showing me how I would do something in Live that I already know how to do in Logic like changing note velocities and recording, among other things. They also helped in terms of getting comfortable with the session view.
My Live trial ended, so luckily I had all my samples saved on my computer and re-created the track in Logic. All the tutorials I’ve read/watched online really helped and made me more comfortable using Live. I hated on the program at first, but as I got more familiar with it, I must say that it is a good software to have around if you can afford it. The title of this track is called “Exotic Mistress”.
Since I performed my song, above is only a snippet of my song. It’s not exactly how I performed my piece. I spent a lot of hours practicing my piece. But the more times I practiced performing certain piano bits, the more off it sounded after it was looped for the rest of the song. This is why I only performed a small portion of the piano bit live with record quantization off. I tried to set my record quantization to different note counts, but it was still off every time. Luckily, I hadn’t deleted some of my old performances, so I was able to use that in my mix instead. I blame this on my lack of skill. Holding the midi keyboard with my left-hand while my right hand played seemed to help me be more on beat.
I actually stuck to the plan that I had written about in Draft 1. I layered piano on top of piano.
I used this page on soundonsound before using the Live 9 web book. It had the basics of Live. There’s a website called MacAbleton and there was a page that had a step by step tutorial in mixing. This page helped with automation. It took me a long time to figure it out but this page helped with it as well. In chapter 14, there is a section in midi slicing. This was useful because I wanted to use a pieces of Red Velvet’s “Ice Cream Cake” in my own song.
This mix is different from my performance. It’s different because I wanted to meet the automation criteria. I also forgot to record my performance… whoops….
- 3 tracks of recorded audio, 1 of which must be you singing/rapping or speaking
- 2 tracks of MIDI you perform
- 2 tracks of MIDI you write in
- 1 example of tempo change
- 3 examples of instrument automation
- 3 examples of track automation
- 3 examples of effects automation
- 2 examples of automation performed by mouse
- 2 examples of automation performed by controller
- 2 examples of automation written in
- 1 Arpeggiator example, (or other MIDI effect)
- 1 example of a simpler instrument OR a impulse instrument OR a slice to MIDI Track
- Globally, you need to have at least 9 tracks with at least 4 scenes in Session View
This was by far the most out there/ridiculous song I’ve done.
It was really great experience with Live. I concerned with the new program that I have to use for this assignment, but I’m happy with the result from it. All the tutorial I looked up was helped me a lot, but the most help was from the lessons from Professor Snyder.
I was enjoyed with play with the softstep. Setting up this equipment was easy too, so I loved it. I used it while I play the clarinet, I needed to practice since I was not the multitasking person but it was so simple because I used only one button among ten.
I used two effects for the clarinet. To change the effects, I set up the key. For the first effect, I set it up as V and another one as B.
Overall this assignment was really hard and challenging, but I enjoyed with this assignment and had fun with it.
I have to say that I am pretty happy with the way this turned out. Live was definitely a new and challenging experience. Thank god for the tutorials that came with the software, without them I would’ve been even more lost than I was. On the Ableton website there were some really cool tutorials that helped inspire me and choose what direction to go with for my song. Also watching a ton of youtube videos was really helpful too. Overall this project was really challenging but looking back I enjoy the experience that I gained.
Final draft for Live. I don’t like the title. I still don’t like my voice. I don’t think I like Live but I can definitely appreciate its usefulness for performers. But here it is.
12 or more tracks
5 tracks of recorded audio that does sit well in the mix- yes
vocal track is incredible as usual
Perfect Mix- yes
Requirement listing is happening now
Reading listed with citation of where the material came from: I got most of what I learned about live from the lessons built into the program. I’m not quite sure how to cite that because it’s not online. But other than the lessons learned from that, the Huber Ch 9 helped a lot with learning about editing techniques and mainly how quantization is very important.
MIDI write in- 3 tracks
MIDI step input- 3 tracks
2 tempo changes-
Mouse/ Track automation- 3 tracks
Instrument Automation- 4 tracks
Effect automation- 4 tracks
Automation Written in- 3 tracks
Automation done with Controller- 3 tracks