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Digital Subscriptions > MusicTech > Ableton Live 10 > PRODUCE & ARRANGE A TUNE IN ABLETON LIVE 10


In the previous tutorial we created a tune from scratch using Live 10 and the Wavetable instrument. Now it’s time to produce and arrange that track using some of Live’s fantastic mixing and arranging features…



A mere five pages ago we started to create a track from scratch in Ableton Live 10. Having got it to a very early stage, complete with bass, lead, melodies and beats, we’re at that stage that many producers get to: the ideas are there on paper, and now is the time to turn them into a complete tune. We’ll be honest with you here, this is an often difficult bridge to cross. We can’t tell you how many song ideas we have come up with that get to this stage and are then left to fester on our hard drives. As a DAW, Ableton Live makes it very easy just to stop here, experiment with clips, start and stop, try different combinations and then not really progress beyond that. Fortunately, if you know what you are doing, Live also makes it very easy to progress beyond this – what we call – ‘looping stage’. Before that, however, we’re going to perform some basic mixing.


Fortunately for us and you, the basic ideas we came up with in the last tutorial are terribly mixed. (Check out the Ableton Live file on the DVD called Live 10.als). We’d like to say that we did this on purpose so we could demonstrate, with some audible drama, how to easy it is to fix a bad mix in our opening tutorial (see over). Before that, a quick word on good monitoring, an essential practice when mixing.

While composing the piece in the last tutorial, we were pretty much creating it while monitoring with headphones, and you can tell, as the balance and volumes are all over the place. When mixing, though, we can’t stress enough how important it is to use a decent set of monitors. We test monitors in MusicTech every month and usually, we’re afraid to say, it’s a case of ‘you get what you pay for’. Good mixing monitors cost, but they are worth it as they allow you to identify and correct your mix issues, and we certainly proved that to be correct as the mix in the last tutorial sounded terrible when played through decent monitors.

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