Ableton tips for music producers

Always looking to best quality and workflow?

That’s something we like too. On our quest to find new ways to work and produce we find a lot of interesting stuff on the internet.
We care to share that what we find with you. Of course we use this page as a reference too, as time passes by some things are easily forgotten.

Our goal is to help you getting more productive, so faster but also better at getting these professional results. The tips on this page and other articles we’re creating are contributing to these goals. We know it isn’t easy to produce, so that’s our first tip:

Produce and practice as much as possible

It might sound strange, but the saying “practice makes perfect” really does make sense when it comes to producing. When you produce on almost a daily basis you’ll see that the results will improve over time. In the beginning this improvement curve is steep. Later on the better things are often found in the details. And as we all know it’s all in the details with audio and music production.

With that said, here are the more practical tips!


1. Using keyboard shortcuts

Avoid the mouse!

Using as many keyboard shortcuts as possible saves you much time.
In the beginning it might not seem a lot. But if you save 2 seconds every time beeing used it adds up to hours in the long run. Furthermore you save ‘miles’ that you mouse is travelling. So your arm doesn’t move as much as before.


2. Don't stay in the 'loop'


Do you experience yourself to be in a loop sometimes? By that we mean that you put on an 8 bar loop and try to change everything constantly. It’s a phenomenon many artists experience which we like to call loopititus.

There are easy tips to overcome this

  • Decide what you want to do the next hour (create beats, put up the arrangement, sound design, mixing, mastering etc)
  • If you know what it is you want to do, set a timer. Start with your plan and stick to it as long as the timer runs. Don’t go onto your social networks, answer your phone or do other stuff. Be dedicated to what you’ve set to do! It might amaze you.

Quick tips

  • The drum cells in Impulse can be sent to different audio tracks. You can then mix them apart from each other and put some effects on every drum sample. To do thi enable the I/O button in the session view. On the audio channel select the implse instrument. The dropdown below shows the various channels.
  • Slice to new midi track can be to the built in preset or to a new sampler. If you do that, everything is elastic such as pitch, filter etc.
  • Click right on your crossfader to assign a different curve
  • You can also sidechain the autofilter and gate
  • The metroname can have a different count in. Click right to see the options.
  • Turn off auto warp long samples in the preferences menu., It’s better to warp youself.
  • Try different warp modes for each sample. You might be surprised what a sonic quality difference this makes.
  • Change the global clip quantize to none. You can then scrub your audio clips by hovering your mouse below the loop marker. It then becomes a speaker icon. click, drag and hold.


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