Ableton Live Customizations and Hidden Features

Customize your Ableton Live working environment and speed up your workflow

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This course will help you customize your Ableton Live working environment and speed up your workflow by automating repetitive tasks. It will provide you with a set of tools and the knowledge to make your version of Ableton Live feel more like home and also improve the speed at which you can switch between different work modes and project types. If you work on different styles of music, in different studio setups, with different artists or on a range of production, composition, mixing and mastering projects then this course will help remove many of the hurdles to switching mode. Furthermore this course also includes a guide on how to build your own software Monitor Control Device, you can use this device to switch between different output destinations as well as apply some key functions that many hardware monitor controllers offer.

Lesson 1 : Skins
- How to change skins in Live
- Where to find alternative skins
- How to edit skins

Lesson 2: Metronome
- Where to locate the metronome files
- How to change the metronome sound

Lesson 3: Shortcuts
- Understanding the 'Auto-Hide Plug-In Windows' feature
- Top keyboard shortcuts for optimizing workspace
- Adding new keyboard shortcuts

Lesson 4: Hidden Menus and Default Devices
- In-window shortcuts to preference options
- Upgrading device quality
- Setting up device defaults

Lesson 5: Monitor Control Device
- Build your own monitor control device
- Use key mapping to switch between different monitors
- Improve your referencing capabilities

Lesson 6: Options
- Speed up rack building by enabling 'Map to Siblings'
- Improve session workflow by enabling 'Device Slots'
- Skipping VST devise scanning on startup
- Adjusting the frequency of data points created during automation recording

Lesson 7: Default Sets

- Personalizing your default set
- Key considerations and useful device parameters

Lesson 8: Templates
- Creating a range of templates for different types of projects
- Organizing and storing templates in the User Library

Lesson 9: Automator
- Using Automator to create custom desktop icons for your Ableton Live templates
- Using Automator to launch complimentary applications

Your Instructor

Mark Burnett
Mark Burnett

Mark Burnett is an Ableton Live Certified Trainer who has assumed many roles within the music industry, from producing sync work for some of the top media houses to supporting delivery of the best music expositions, conferences and festivals in the world. He has built a name as an enabler through his inspirational, supportive and often outlandish contributions to the music ecosystem as well as daily contributions to the Ableton community through his brainchild ‘The Live Lab’.

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course - you decide when you start and when you finish.
How long do I have access to the course?
If you purchase the course individually, you have lifetime access to the content. If you sign up for a membership, you'll have unlimited access to this course for as long as you keep your membership active.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.