Augmenting Ableton Live: The ultimate guide to using external devices
with Mark Burnett
- Course Trailer
- Sample Lesson Free
- Setup 1: Augmenting software instruments with hardware
- Let's get set-up (Akai MPD 32 & Push 2)
- Augmenting Drumazon VST with hardware controllers
- Recording and playing Drumazon patterns with an external instrument
- Saving, naming & recalling your setup
- More augmentation: separating VST instrument sounds to add sends & effects
- What you'll learn in this chapter
- How to output Drumazon sounds to individual tracks
- How to apply effects to drum groups
- How to map software effects to an external controller
- Let's save this setup & test it out!
- Setup 2: Augmenting a hardware synth with external controllers & effects
- What you'll learn in this chapter
- Let's get set-up (MicroKorg and Novation Launch Control)
- MIDI CC messages & mapping Novation LC to MicroKorg parameters
- Demo of the setup so far
- Adding tactile effects with the Kaoss Pad 3
- Finalizing the Kaoss setup
- Recap of what we've learned
- Exploring the setup
- Setup 3: Augmenting a drum machine with external controllers & effects
- Roland TR-09 unboxing and set-up in Ableton Live
- How to control the TR-09 with Ableton Live & Push 2
- How to map TR-09 effects to an external controller
- How to map TR-09 sounds to external Alesis drum pads
- Setup 4: Augmenting a mono synth with an external instrument & MS Kinect
- Dreadbox Hades unboxing and set-up in Ableton Live
- How to trigger Hades sounds & FX with a Yamaha keytar
- Controlling extra FX with a Microsoft Kinect & body movement
Lesson plan (3h 32m)
Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Burnett has been working with Ableton products for the past 14 years. He's also an artist on Funk'n Deep Records (Soundcloud, Resident Advisor), whose tracks are appearing in the world’s biggest festivals and largest podcasts from the industry’s heavy-hitters such as Carl Cox & Richie Hawtin.
In this course, Mark will teach you ways to use software and hardware together to create new instruments and to augment the way in which you use them.
By the end of this course, you'll feel confortable expanding Ableton Live with hardware, unlocking hidden capabilities of your hardware using Ableton Live. You'll learn some great skills that you can incorporate into live sets or more creative studio work.
In detail, Mark looks at different setups:
- ways to augment hardware: taking hardware instruments and effects processors such as TR-09, MikroKorg, Dreadbox Hades, Kaoss Pad 3 and adding extra features to them using midi controllers
- ways of augmenting software: taking software instruments such as D16 Group's Drumazon VST and unlocking extra facilities and control using hardware
- new & creative ways of using these hybrid hardware/software instruments, including a crazy setup with a Microsoft Kinect to track movement, an old Yamaha Keytar (!) and a mono synth.
Mark uses a range of devices in this course, from the latest mono synths and drum machine offerings to old beat-up gear that can be reused in new & creative ways.
- Roland TR-09
- Dreadbox Hades
- Korg MicroKorg
- Novation Launch Control XL
- Korg Kaoss Pad 3
- AKAI MPD 32
- Alesis Control Pad
- Yamaha Keytar
During this course we'll be using the Push 2 and a number of Max For Live devices. There is no pre-required knowledge of any of these to get started and you'll definitely finish the course with a good working knowledge of both.
“"This is like the most educational course I've seen so far to combine hardware to software... I'm a newbie so this is super useful. Thank you!"”Bowie K