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10 Ways To Work Faster In Ableton Live
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Lagrange Audio    Said...

Interesting stuff particularly the references to methodology and workflow. As a long time IT software developer the waterfall methodology rigidly promotes the idea that iteration is discouraged. The reality of this is simply time and money, iteration requires more of each and if left unchecked can get out of control very quickly. Prince2 as alternative methodology (yes I know that's more project management) promotes iteration but allows for periodic assessment to decide whether a project should continue if it exceeds certain tolerances. In the worst case a project can be cancelled which under this methodology is also considered a successful outcome, weird but true. Ultimately not much of this applies to music creation unless there are rigid constraints i.e. studio time for example. The alternative is that iteration should be and often is strongly encouraged in music making. In addition as a long time Ableton user (some 9 years now) I have found it is a fantastic iterative environment to work in however a line must be drawn at some point because once you get to the point of 'I am now ready to mix this', changing anything other than a mixing attribute can have far reaching consequences. In other words working iteratively to such an extent you are forced to go back far too many steps. Iteration will only tolerate a certain amount of 'adjustment'. A lot of Ableton users for this very reason decide to use a different tool when they get to the mix stage to philosophically force the project to keep moving forward. And to be frank, any discovery you make about having the 'wrong sound' should have been made long before this stage.

03-Jul-13 12:53 AM

Lagrange Audio    Said...

Sorry I forgot to add, I use Ableton to mix tracks but it is in a separate 'mix' project based on renders from the 'arrangement' project. That's the line I draw in terms of separating project 'phases' and forcing iteration to only occur within the associated project in that phase. That's the workflow I have developed over the years and I am really interested in what other people do?

03-Jul-13 01:00 AM

David g    Said...

A quick comment that really helps our workflow using info view.

Most items in Ableton allow you to enter text notes into the info text. Just right click and object ( like a clip, a track header, etc.) and choose "edit info text". When I first started with Ableton I got some great sounds bur when I went back to them months later I had no idea what I did. Take notes as you go and those cool ideas can be brought back and used again.

This was a very useful article.

06-Jul-13 02:40 PM

Adam Bailey    Said...

@ Lagrange: Well said sir. Well said.

14-Jul-13 03:31 PM

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