Ableton Master Class: Adding Songs in Arrangement View

Ableton Master Class: Adding Songs in Arrangement View


Alright so we’ve looked at how to make
a set list in session view, but what if you want to actually run your tracks in
arrangement view. That’s what’s awesome about Ableton Live is there’s so many ways
to do the same thing. It really just depends on what works best in your
workflow. So let’s look at arrangement view. To get to arrangement view you can
just hit the tab key, or you can click on the little icon in the top right corner
that has the horizontal bars. Fun little tip: If you put these two icons next to
each other it’s the Ableton Live logo. That’s because Ableton Live is really
built around these two different views. So arrangement view, if we want to go
ahead and bring in our audio tracks on the far left side of the screen, i’m
going to go to the Live File Browser and I’m going to find my tracks for my song.
So we’re going to bring in our first song, and I can bring in each instrument,
one at a time like this. Drag and drop. Those are my band cues. And
I could right-click and rename, and call this, cues. I could do this again for my
next track, so acoustic, right-click, rename call it acoustic, or I could bring
them in all at once. So if you hold command you can select more than one,
just like this, and then drag and drop. Now I’m going to show you what happened
here. If i zoom out by just clicking up here in the bar and clicking and
scrolling, you’ll notice that it put in all of my tracks horizontally. And that’s
a disaster because we actually want them all to be playing in time vertically. So
i’m going to hit undo, command Z. And let’s do this again. I’m going to drag them over
and instead of dropping them I’m going to hold command, and command is going to
now drop them, drop them in vertically. You’ll also notice that it created a
bunch of tracks for me that will save you a lot of time. Now I could
right-click, or do command R to rename. I could hit tab, to go to the next one to rename. Tab, Tab. And that’s it. So I quickly renamed all
of my tracks, dropped them all in, and now I can go ahead and to make some more room
on our screen I’m going to close out the Live File Browser in the top left corner
by clicking that arrow, and you can zoom in by up here in the
the bar section, just click and drag to zoom in, zoom out. If you go down a little
bit, your mouse will turn into a little speaker and when you click,
it’ll actually play the audio So i’ve got all my tracks. I can mute them
over here like this, I can solo tracks by using the solo
button, I can turn on my metronome. But you also notice the metronome is out of time,
so you want to make sure you set the metronome over here, to 98 because that’s
the tempo of the song. Hit enter you’ll notice that all my tracks actually
locked up with the grid. So now when I hit stop, and hit play, the click, and the
tracks are in time. Now what you might want to do to get
organized, is you can actually add section markers to show you where the
different sections are in the song. So all you do is you zoom in, and I’m going
to add a little marker here. In the top right corner there’s a little button
that says set. And when you click set, it adds a little flag or a marker, that you
can then right-click on and rename it and call it “intro”. So let me hit play, and it’s nice to kind of visually see where the different sections are. So let’s
then add one here. Just click, hit set, right click to rename. I’m going to call
this, verse. The next one is chorus. So i’m going to hit set. You can drag it over to
set it where it needs to be, new chorus. Let’s do this one. Actually that’s the chorus. So I’m going to just- That’s a perfect example of how you can fix this. I’m gonna move the chorus here, this one actually is
probably another verse. Let’s just make sure. Cool. So now I have a couple markers,
and you can actually double click on them to actually start playing from that
section. So let’s go to the chorus, and it goes to the
chorus. You’ll notice that Ableton Live works in something called quantization,
which means that it’s going to wait one bar to do what I tell it to do. And I
could always change that setting by clicking right here next to the
metronome and changing this to two bars or four bars. But, by default it’s one bar.
So that means when it’s playing, when I tell it to go to the chorus, it’s going
to wait one bar to go to the chorus. So that allows you to be spontaneous, and
jumping around to different sections of your song. So that’s the beginning of
building a set in arrangement view with Ableton Live.

2 thoughts on “Ableton Master Class: Adding Songs in Arrangement View

  • I have the same question as Verlon. Also, can you then pull a created track or an edited track from Arrangement view into Session view to add to the other tracks that you might have there for a song?

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