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Record MIDI in Ableton Without Overwriting (Overdubbing)

To overdub MIDI, you need to have the MIDI arrangement overdub button switched on. Now when you click record, it won’t overwrite the MIDI clip. Why Is Overdubbing MIDI Important? Overdubbing MIDI is a fantastic way to add complex layers to your chords, drums, and melodies. It allows you to expand your sound palette without …

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How To Record Audio From YouTube Into Ableton (Step-By-Step)

Ableton Live is an incredibly powerful audio recording and mixing tool. Still, contrary to what some may say, it can not be used to record audio directly from YouTube. The good news is that it’s still possible, just not directly. You can use third-party software like Audacity or a YouTube to MP3 converter. Can I …

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Ableton Drum Buss Alternative (Emulate Its Audio Effect)

Ableton’s Drum Buss is a stock plugin that simultaneously applies various audio effects. It’s a great way to process drums or shape bass sounds. You can use other stock or third-party plugins to achieve a similar result or even the Audio Effect Racks to create your own “Drum Buss.”  How To Emulate Ableton’s Drum Buss …

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Best Ableton Grooves (Add Some Swing To Your Tunes!)

The whole point of using grooves is to add those subtle extra details to a part that breathes a little more life into it. My favorites for this are: Beguine Accent 16ths Calypso Accent 16ths Cha-Cha-Cha Shaker 8ths 127bpm Hip-Hop Wonky 16ths 80bpm Rock Fatback Accent 16ths These grooves seem to get the dynamic range, …

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Best Way To Learn Ableton (Become An Ableton Pro In No Time)

There are many ways to learn Ableton. These include completing a course, searching YouTube for great videos and instructors, learning from blogs and other online resources, but best of all rolling up your sleeves, getting down and dirty in Ableton, and just using it. Learning Ableton It can be pretty overwhelming taking on a task …

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Ableton Bitcrusher (Ultimate Guide)

Ableton has a built-in Bitcrusher plugin called “Redux.” A Bitcrusher is an audio effect that applies digital distortion. This is achieved by changing the signal’s sample rate and bit depth. Other parameters such as ‘Dry/Wet’ can be altered to shape the sound further.  Does Ableton Have A Bitcrusher? You might not realize that Ableton has …

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Simple Fixes For No Sound From Your MIDI Keyboard In Ableton

First, check to see if the MIDI keyboard is registering in Ableton. Second, ensure that you have a virtual instrument on the MIDI track (and that the record arm button is activated). Finally, check that the MIDI keyboard is set up correctly in Ableton. Why Is My MIDI Keyboard Not Working Ableton A MIDI keyboard …

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Pitch Bend In Ableton (Everything You Need To Know!)

Pitch bending in Ableton is easy. Most virtual instruments will work with the majority of MIDI controllers’ pitch bend wheel out of the box. However, if needed, you can always manually map the control yourself with Ableton’s MIDI mapping feature. Pitch Bending In Ableton Live If you’re new to electronic music production, you’ve probably heard …

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Ableton Failed To Open Audio Device (Quick Fixes!)

If your audio device won’t open, the first thing to check is that your audio drivers are up to date. Check that you are using the correct driver type. Ensure your audio device isn’t in use by another application. Close and reopen Ableton. Reboot your computer.  Failing To Open Audio Device In Ableton When Ableton …

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Can’t Change The BPM In Ableton? (Follow This Simple Guide!)

Struggling to change BPM Ableton? The simplest way to change the BPM in Ableton is via the tempo bar in the top left corner of the Ableton interface. All you need to do is left-click on the BPM field, type in a new BPM value, and hit the Enter key.  You have started on your …

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Can’t See Waveform In Ableton? (Simple Fix)

If you can’t see a waveform in Ableton, enable ‘Create Analysis File’ in preferences. Right-click your audio clip and activate it. Drag an audio clip from the session view and move it onto the relevant track in the arrangement view. Restore a missing audio file. How To Fix A Missing Waveform In Ableton I’ve been …

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Ableton Clip Deactivated (Step-By-Step Guide)

This problem can be solved by reactivating the clips in the Ableton Live software. One way To do this is with the “activate/deactivate clip” keyboard shortcut by opening the “Session View” and selecting the deactivated clips, and then hitting the “0” key on your keyboard. The Struggle Is Real So, it’s the morning after your …

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Ableton Won’t Open (Troubleshooting Guide)

If you’re having trouble getting Ableton Live to open, you can try a few things. First, make sure your computer meets the minimum system requirements. Second, try reinstalling the program. If that doesn’t work, try running the program as an administrator. Finally, contact Ableton customer support if you’re still having trouble. Opening Ableton If you’re …

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