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WORKFLOW AND THE ARRANGEMENT VIEW IN ABLETON LIVE 10

Last time, we looked at Live 10’s new and updated devices; now Martin Delaney explores the many tweaks to the workflow and Arrangement View in the latest update to Ableton’s top-drawer DAW…

ABLETON LIVE TUTORIAL

A bleton Live 10 has some great new standout features – the Wavetable synthesiser being an obvious example – but it’s also packed with tiny tweaks designed to improve the day-to-day user experience. The Arrangement View benefits from this in particular. You could argue (and I have, a few times) that the Arrangement View has lagged behind the timeline tools of other major DAWs such as Logic and Cubase. Of course, that’s understandable, because Live has the all-important Session View as well, and they don’t… but we want it all, don’t we? As much as the Session View is fun and sexy to use and great for live performance, there comes a time when we need to get locked into the Arrangement View, and for anybody who has used Logic et al, it can feel severely lacking. So, back to the point: Live 10 includes many changes and additions that’ll make your Arrangement View time faster and more productive.

LET ME WORK IT

Now it’s time to introduce a word that can drive some people crazy – workflow. In itself, that simply describes the process we use to get the job done. But it’s controversial, because it’s become something of a cliché, especially in tutorials and ads. In the creative world, the focus on workflow and efficiency can be seen as counterintuitive; I personally don’t want to think about ‘workflow’ when I’m being creative, I want to work how I want to work, and if I’m going slow, that’s okay.

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In this issue, we’ve amassed the ultimate collection of professional advice on all things music; whether that's creating, recording, mixing, mastering or everything in between. Compiled from our interviews with such luminaries as John Leckie, Tony Visconti and Gary Numan, we’ve also got tips and alternative approaches from our (both pro and amateur) music-making audience. We hope this feature provides some inspiration for your creative studio endeavours. Also this issue, we chat to Catherine J Marks, a producer with some seriously impressive credits to her name and a nominee for this year’s MPG Producer Of The Year. We also spend some time with The Flashbulb, whose beautiful studio in the natural tranquility of Georgia is a thing to behold. We wrap up our A-Z series with Gear4Music, which is chock full of all the key terms and techniques that you need to know. We’ve also got our usual vast array of reviews and hands-on tutorial content, as well as an extensive guide to creating music on the move with an iPhone or iPad. We hope you enjoy the issue…