Ableton Live

Ableton

Shaunhollenbach

over 9 years ago (edited)

Im a neewbie to the lc community and Ableton, all i want to do is make some loops and us it live through my roland xp-60. what would be my best software choice? thanks is advance!
scoottie

over 9 years ago (edited)

Hello Shaun, Can you clarify "use it live through my Roland."? are you wanting to play software instruments live on stage or are you just wanting to play back loops youve created previously? or both? In my opinion, both Reason and Ableton Live are both great programs. But they were created to do two different things. Reason is great to play software instruments live on stage and to create tracks. Ableton Live does all the above plus it was specifically created to play back loops and tracks on stage.
Gbcfwt

over 9 years ago (edited)

Like Shaun I'm a newbie to LC and have yet to purchase software or hardware for loops. I do have some that were given to me and was thinking of using the ipod method to start but after reading the many articles I'd like to get something that we can build with later. Our team needs this in more ways then one. First with the many different levels of musicianship we have we need to learn to play together and learn the difference between feel and time. I believe this will be an aid to help us achive this knowing that it will take some time to learn. I also believe in the fuller sound it will bring to the band. Now the big question? Reason 1,2,3,4,5,6, or Ableton 10, Ableton live, Fruity Loops, Stylus RMX etc....LOL For beginners what's the suggestion? We want something that we can import loops and also a softeware to create them as well. Please help....all suggestions welcome. God bless, Ed
scoottie

over 9 years ago (edited)

Personally I would highly recommend Ableton Live. It will give you the most flexibility on stage and give you a great program to use and create content. The price is a little steep right off the bat, but you are most certainly getting what you pay for. The learning curve, just like any new software, can be a bit intimidating but Ableton has setup a few solutions: 1. They have built in lessons that come with the software. All the major concepts are covered very well. 2. They have tons of videos posted to help guide you in the process. 3. There is a network of Ableton Certified Trainers that are available to you. Both Matt McCoy and myself are here and more than willing to help you and your team accomplish your musical dreams using Ableton Live.
Shaunhollenbach

over 9 years ago (edited)

I would like to do both. Im just a little intimidated on where to start and what to learn!
scoottie

over 9 years ago (edited)

You should start with a trial. Live offers a full feature 30 day trial. Download it at www.ableton.com and start going through the lessons. You will need to learn some of the lingo and your way around the interface. After that there are lots of videos on production techniques. I would pick a song or sound and try and replicate it. Also, if you are serious, both Matt and I have spent countless hours with the software learning it's ins-and-outs. Ableton has given us both their stamp of approval not only on product knowledge but our ability to teach and communicate that knowledge to newbies such as yourself. Training people to use Live is how I (and I'm guessing Matt as well...) make a living. I can't speak into Matt's specialty, but I am a keyboard player. I use Live as the brain of my keyboard rig. If that's what you want to learn I am extremely proficient in that area and would be more than happy to help you with your setup. We both are very knowledgeable with creating tracks and using them on stage. Poke around the site and you will find a contact form for Matt. You can reach me here: scottie(at)duganaudio.com
mattmccoy

over 9 years ago (edited)

I'd love to help you get started with Ableton. It's definitely the best software out there for running tracks / loops in a Live environment - but can also do much more than that. 

If you're interested in training, check out this link:

http://loopcommunity.com/content/ableton-live-training

I'm glad you're a part of the community! - Matt