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The lazy guide to Ableton Live Part 2

Welcome to Part 2 of our Lazy guide to Live. Last month, we looked at some of the easy ways to get creative with clips. Following on from there, we’re now going to look in more depth and detail at Follow Actions and automation…

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MT Step-by-Step 4. Follow Actions for easy beat creativity

Now it’s time to turn our attention to Follow Actions. For now, we’re going to use them just on beats – specifically, a loop to create easy variation within it. Load in any loop!

We’ll now bring together everything we’ve done in this tutorial up until now, to bring some variation in on the beats. So first copy the clip five times onto the same track as shown, using Alt>drag.

Now we’re going to adjust the start and end points of each of the new audio clips we’ve just created to home in on specific areas of the drum loop. Here, we’ll start with the first kick drum.

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The new issue of MusicTech Magazine is on sale Thursday 16th February and this issue we reveal the studio gear and production trends for 2017. Also this issue we have part 2 of our studio to release guide detailing the process your music needs to undertake to get in the charts. We review Orchestral Tools Metropolis Ark 2, plus new gear from Nord, Rob Papen, Spitfire Audio and more, we’ve also got tutorials covering Roland mimicking in Modular, how to use two Macs with Logic and continue the lazy guide to Live. Plus a huge DVD featuring 1.1GB of samples…