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u/salvodaze · 2 pointsr/ableton

The Lynda training helped me a lot as it was short and thought a lot of keyboard shortcuts early on. But I'm sure the free YouTube training playlists would also work. The good thing about Lynda was it was really concise and more professional in not wasting any time, which can be crucial to help keep focus in initial learning.
The manual is good, but I don't find it to be the most straightforward manual. It's still a tremendous reference.

I would suggest to just follow a basic training and start producing whatever you want, watching YouTube tutorials on whatever gets you stuck and keeping this sub close-by to randomly check and say "WTF are these people talking about?" until it becomes more and more familiar or to ask any questions (people are usually very noob-friendly here).

For tips on production and getting stuck, Dennis DeSantis has this amazing book. Really helps open up your mind.

Good luck and don't forget to continuously show up, discipline is the single most valuable skill in my opinion :)

PS: You need to listen to this quote as well.

Edit: About gear, I agree with others. Don't buy anything more than a measly small midi keyboard until you learn the DAW better. Then you'll know if you need anything or what you need.

u/benisanerd · 2 pointsr/ableton

I'd definitely suggest an M-Audio device. Akai makes great products, but from my experience, M-Audio's keyboards are better. The Akai MPKs tend to have issues, and the keys aren't as nice (unweighted, not full size). - Edit: oops, that's just the mini. the MPK25 looks pretty rad, but it's expensive.

I have the Oxygen-25, I linked the 49 key version cause it has so much more and it's only a little bit more expensive. If you want pads, like on the MPK, the Axiom line has that, but they're more expensive. It's basically what you want to spend.

I recommend going into a Guitar Center if you can, and getting a feel for the keys. You can get them for cheaper online than in the store, so go for that, and check out the Guitar Center Used section online, I got my Oxygen 25 for $50.

Also, if knobs is all you really want, Korg makes a nanoKontrol from the same line as your keyboard, but it's knobs, faders, and buttons rather than dinky little keys. There are a couple other brands that make something really similar to that, but Korg's is the cheapest I believe.

I've never tried Novation midi controller keyboard, but their UltraNova and Launchpad are amazing devices, so I assume that everything else is quality.

u/karnac · 3 pointsr/ableton
I have one of these and it is awesome. great sound and great build quality. it looks great on my desk as well.

u/PALMLINES · 12 pointsr/ableton

I'm pretty sure she made a post on Facebook awhile back and said she automates everything to trigger and loop. It would take some time to set up, but if you know how the arrangement will go, it shouldn't be too difficult.


For people asking about the foot pedal, here is a USB/MIDI version:

I've purchased this awhile back because I was planning on doing live looping but never performed. I can confirm it does work with Ableton and you can map each foot switch to different "loopers" on different channels. Honestly though, it might just be easier to do what Elise does by setting up the arrangement to automate & record than loop. Makes things hands free.


Timing is everything when it comes to Live looping. Elise has this shit down to a tee.

u/astrosoldiers · 3 pointsr/ableton

Awesome article. Thanks, very clearly written.

If anyone needs more info on gain staging, read the SOS article link he provided.

Below is link if you missed it. I recommend reading the article above first, as it does a good job summarizing the topic.

Also see - Bob Katz

u/404isFUN · 1 pointr/ableton

Wow, $500 is a lot of cash and I'm not comfortable with the thought of dropping that much $$$ on something that's one of my hobbies I dig into every now and then haha

Also, I didn't know what 'balanced line level outs' is and some googling reveals that it's something you encounter when connecting external gear which I doubt I will :)

So is it true that something like the Behringer will not sound as good compared to a Focusrite or something from UA? (Regardless of the quality of whatever mic inputs are available)

Thanks for the reply!

u/KingDariusDragon · 1 pointr/ableton

Thank you! I appreciate your response. I was leaning towards that direction. :-)

I'll take a look at the Focusrite Saffire 6. That's one of the things holding me back. Not sure where to go with a solid entry level audio interface.


According the Amazon the Saffire 6 is discontinued and this is the replacement model:

Is this an instance where the older model is better? Sometimes that happens. :)

u/amaraNT2oo2 · 19 pointsr/ableton

Just to act as devil's advocate here - I would recommend at least balancing this guy's work out with some of the more standard texts on mixing (listed below). I checked out this video a while back and was a little weirded out by his approach, which often steps into pseudoscientific territory. If you go to the author's company website, you'll see some dubious claims and suggestions about mixing techniques:

-"There are archetypal frequencies that have been used since the beginning of time to affect us."

-"As shown by the research of Alfred Tomatis, every frequency is a nutrient."

-"Tuning A to 432 hertz vs. 440 has been proven to resonate better with the resonant frequency of our cells - Tuning concert pitch to more auspicious frequencies makes the music go deeper."

-"High Frequencies activate the mind; Low Frequencies calm the body."

-"When you relate to frequencies based on ancient Chakra energies, the way you "feel" the balance of frequencies in a mix in a whole different way that goes through your whole body instead of just your mind. "

I'm sure the guy's mixes sound great - and he seems to have been a successful mixing engineer - but I personally wanted nothing to do with this guy. There are other "holistic" approaches to mixing (like Mike Stavrou's Mixing with your Mind) that work without having as much of a "snake oil" flavor to them. But as always, if this guy's approach works for you and you can look past his quirks, then I suppose it's a good resource.

Other resources: Mike Senior's Mixing Secrets for the Small Studio, Roey Izhaki's Mixing Audio, Bobby Owsinski's The Mixing Engineer's Handbook

u/StupidMusician8888 · 3 pointsr/ableton

First of all thanks for taking the time and writing and detailed reply!
I've done the tutorials already, so yeah probably I will look at the synths and rums next. And from there work my up. Someone else suggested me getting a book? Should I maybe get this?

It's the first result on amazon, the book for Ableton 8 had an average of 4stars, so I'm not sure.

And about what I want to make, that's another problem. I am not quite sure right now. I wanted to start producing because I really enjoy music, and playing the piano. And there's a lot of music I enjoy, but I'm not sure if this is the music I want to make myself.
I don't know if this makes sense, and I tried to express myself as good as possible. But english isn't my naitive tounge though :/

Also, thanks again! :D

u/Lake_ · 1 pointr/ableton

So, you mostly got the answer you were looking for but I will take it a step further. I have one of these cords and it works perfectly. Plugs right into the back of my Midi controller (Push 2, and some keyboards) and into my Macbook 2018 without any adapter.

I bring this cord with me everywhere since it helps eliminate the need for an adapter. This is assuming you are using a USB controller.

u/synthcamatic · 1 pointr/ableton

I have a 61 key novation impulse, just bought the 25 keyed version for on the go. I can say through demos at guitar center with ableton it's great. If it's like my 61 keyed version it comes with a lite version of ableton live 8 and novation's bass station add on for ableton. It's basically plug and play with the drivers as well.

u/FiveWoodWilson · 2 pointsr/ableton

I have a Push 2, 88 key wighted piano midi keyboard, Moog Grandmother, 2i2, Cheap Mic and some instruments. Also a mouse and (qwerty) keyboard. A gaming mouse helps a lot for mixing and fine tuning. Id say get a cheap second hdmi monitor and have your studio monitors positioned so you can look at the monitor and hear perfect, then use the laptop as a second monitor to keep plugins/files open. Id recommend this stand for your push. (linked below) I had some other gear and got rid of it, really I just need the push, mouse, and (qwerty) keyboard.

u/mrtrikonasana · 1 pointr/ableton

Learn your DAW, the built-in ableton tutorials are an excellent place to start. Then start learning from the masters. These books are pretty good.

u/jhynds79 · 3 pointsr/ableton

I'm currently using this one . works really well and budget friendly. have just ordered a wooden one from for it as well (mostly to try as it will fit my other synths too)

u/JohnnyNosebleed · 1 pointr/ableton

My friend and I were recently talking about how standard notation isn't the universal language it once was and, in learning guitar, TABs just made more sense for the learning process. I mentioned that, if anything, the piano roll should be integrated into the younger music curriculum due to how relevant it is.

Lo and behold:

That's a great idea for introducing people to theory who aren't traditionally trained. After all, it's an awkward added step to have to mentally translate everything through treble and bass clef and then into a piano roll when standard notation isn't really a medium you'll be using enough to have it feel like anything more than a speed bump.

u/BakedOfficial · 2 pointsr/ableton

Honestly, I'm pretty sure you can get cheaper options, I think even Novation would work if you don't want to spend too much in your first go. Although Push has additional knob controls and you don't really need to bind any of them in Ableton as it's all done for you beforehand.

u/blobbyghast · 6 pointsr/ableton

You should start studying actual music theory if you'd like help with that. Music theory will teach you how to start coming up with good chord progressions, and how to develop more complicated ones than you would naturally come up with. There is jazz theory, and classical music theory, and both would be helpful. You could start with a free resource like Eventually you might want to pick up a book like or a comparable one for classical theory. Once you start learning you want to start looking at chord progressions in songs you like.

There really is no useless information to pick up from all of this. I blew off learning from my jazz theory courses, thinking it only applied to jazz, but now I see the same information in endless modern pop songs and am re-teaching myself all of it.

u/Kinglm · 2 pointsr/ableton

Thank you for the great advice, I bought this book and havent gotten around to reading it yet, and i probably should...

u/mafgar · 1 pointr/ableton

I enjoyed this book, although it has nothing that you couldn't find online already... it was nice to have a physical book to read wherever and think and mull over it all..

u/motorik · 1 pointr/ableton

I've had good luck with one of these: ... not particularly cheap, however.

u/MenWhoStareatGoatse_ · 8 pointsr/ableton

All that gear and no monitors?

Pro tip: Since you have your Push sitting past the keyboard, you can use a laptop stand to prop it up so it's easier to see and use. I got this one for 20 bucks and it fits pretty much perfectly

edit - just noticed someone else suggested something similar. Seriously though, it makes a world of difference if the Push isn't gonna be right in front of you on the table

u/SandwichSound · 1 pointr/ableton

This site and two apps are very useful as you can practice while out and about or bored and on your phone: Music Theory and Tenuto

Here is the book and related ones on Amazon, if you ever feel the need to direct some money towards the author or at least write up a good review for him instead: Music Theory for Computer Musicians

u/nunonow · 5 pointsr/ableton

This one works pretty well and is also height adjustable

AmazonBasics Ventilated Adjustable Laptop Stand

u/Hollowbody57 · 1 pointr/ableton

This one is a little broader in scope, but it's been one of my go to reference books for years. Even if you're not into EDM, the topics discussed can be applied to pretty much every genre of production.

u/jamieblakebeats · 4 pointsr/ableton

Thanks for watching! It’s a stand from Amazon Stand

u/ThatsALovelyShirt · 1 pointr/ableton

> to capture MIDI you need to plug your instruments in via USB port or something similar.

Some midi devices (especially older ones) do not have USB ports, but instead one of these kinds of connectors. To interface them with a machine, you need a USB<->MIDI converter, like this.

That being said, yes, the Audio interface won't also have a midi interface. Some of the older ones do, but the newer ones generally don't.

u/TheOneMax · 1 pointr/ableton

If I may recommend a book that I think every should read at least once it's Roey Izhaki's Mixing Audio. It has been recommended to me by an audio engineer professor and I must say that it has incredible content that helped me tremendously when I first started producing.

u/aenimalius · 1 pointr/ableton

Slightly more than dirt cheap, but I like this one. It's USB with three switches. I have mine mapped to play, stop, and session record.

u/dj_soo · 4 pointsr/ableton

Xlr cables are for audio. You need a midi (HMIDIG-6) to USB cable or a midi cable and a female to USB adaptor since the focusrite doesn't have a midi input.

Something like this:

If you only want to use the keyboard for controlling software, you'd only need the one cable.

u/piotrzak3 · 2 pointsr/ableton

He also has a book based on that class now:
Music Theory for Electronic Music Producers: The producers guide to harmony, chord progressions, and song structure in the MIDI grid.

Full disclosure: I am Jason allen.

u/juanmichaelog · 4 pointsr/ableton

Get the Launchkey.

I personally use the 49 key Novation Launchkey and it works with assigned mappings in Ableton right out the box.

Not exactly weighted keys but responds to how hard you strike each key.

Highly recommend. Just about $200 currently

Novation Launchkey 49 USB Keyboard Controller for Ableton Live, 49-Note MK2 Version

u/JudgementalPrick · 1 pointr/ableton

They look great. I use a metal laptop stand that you can adjust the tilt on, it's very nice but has no wrist rest.

u/xtwrexx · 2 pointsr/ableton

For live sound, you'll need some sort of USB audio interface, one of these, that have some sort of monitor out. This will act as a digital to analog converter from your laptop to the house PA for the highest quality audio. It will also give you an input to either DI your guitar, or mic it or a speaker cabinet. You'll also want something to trigger your loops and and adjust things on the Ableton side, but I'd have to know a little more about what you are looking for on that end.

u/Doongbuggy · 3 pointsr/ableton

I bought this one recently with push 2

Logidy UMI3 it takes a little tinkering and reading through manuals to set it up but it is solidly built and reliable.

It plugs in through USB rather than through the Push though so it communicates directly with whatever you map it to

u/Phunkdefied · 1 pointr/ableton

This book got me going. It has a lot of quick situational reads. I apply it to a lot more than just music too. It was published by Ableton, so it is relevant. Not so much an instructional as a motivational.

u/o0evns0o · 1 pointr/ableton

I recommend the Jazz Theory Book by Mark Levine. Learn that stuff and you can always dumb down for other genres. The Jazz Theory Book