With Live 8 in the hands of Ableton fans, two big questions remain for a lot of aficionados: first, how the heck do you deal with this new warp marker interface, and second, how can you make controller mappings for hardware more effective? Thanks to some enterprising, expert users, we’ve got video solutions to each of those problems.

Warp: Engage

The new Warp Mode in Live may actually be friendlier to new users; it’s existing users, accustomed to the previous way of working, who seem thrown for a loop. (Erm… excuse the pun.) I’m at a bit of a disadvantage myself in that I tend not to do a lot of warping/remixing. But Medway Studios has a set of tutorials specifically geared for people wanting some tips on how to assimilate the new working method:

Part 2:

Our friend Dennis DeSantis of Ableton offers his own take in a video shot at NYC-based music tech learning center dubSpot. This is a pretty good conceptual overview of what the whole thing is about.

Basically, what I’m hearing is that people used to previous versions of Warp Markers, while they find it confusing at first, do like the new system once they understand how it works.


Mark Mosher has been doing fantastic tutorials on his site Modulate This. For one thing, he’s got tips for getting Wacom tablets to work in Live 8 and finally getting text entry support, which means Kore works properly in Live at long last (among others).

Best of all, he has a tutorial that demonstrates how he’s putting together all his controllers – the Notation ReMOTE SL with Automap and the Akai APC40 – and making them function more effectively using some subtle controller changes in Live 8.

What’s interesting to me is that this isn’t so much about unique, proprietary stuff added to the APC integration, but basic feature improvements in Live itself, which could help you be more effective with other controllers, as well. That’s the kind of functionality I like to see, because it helps everyone.

All of this is great, but we are getting a little heavy on the Ableton-only video tutorials. It’s time to pick up the screencasting tools and demonstrate other tools, too. I’ve got some time blocked out this summer for the task. Requests?

  • In general, I would love to see more videos that focused on composition, such as applying many of these techniques to fleshing out musical ideas. Max demos will probably be useful, since M4L is arriving sometime relatively soon.

    On the subject of screencasting tools, does anyone have any recommendations? I'm using OS X. I'd prefer free, but I'll consider any software that is worth its price tag.

  • I think the Part 1 and Part 2 of the warping videos are actually the same?

  • J. Phoenix

    Only because you asked, I'd like to see a few treatments of work in Sibelius in video form.

  • Fixed, sorry about that.

    Screencasting software: I still like Snapz Pro on Mac, personally. On Windows, it's tougher… curious what Mark is using. CamStudio is an open source alternative to the TechSmith stuff.

  • Thanks Peter. I'll try the Snapz Pro demo hopefully today. I'm also looking into ScreenFlow. That seems to have much better editing capabilities. Though I won't know until I try them both.

  • If you want an all-in-one tool, yeah, definitely ScreenFlow. Part of the reason I don't use that, though, is just because I just want to nail the video part and then focus on editing in my existing video editing tool.

  • CPRoth

    I'm with J. Some real-world Sebelius stuff would be very welcome (especially after the latest version). More on Automap as well. And if I could make a request, some power-user stuff on Plogue Bidule. I'm using it as a simple VI host to circumvent the RAM limits in OSX, but I know this thing is deep (and cheap!).

    And (cough) where is the promised (cough) new content for the NI section?

    Continue to be a HUGE fan!

  • The NI content I think may migrate elsewhere, but there's more coming — Peter Dines spent last week working on this brilliant over-network OSC drum machine. We played with it last night with him in Montreal and me in NY.

    Real-world Sibelius can be possible, for sure… what specifically?

    primusluta is doing great Bidule stuff here:

    I'll be honest, my own focus for the summer should be OSC + Java/Processing + SuperCollider, if all goes well. I'll be sure to share once the time is right. 🙂

  • CPRoth

    Well like I said, I'm a huge fan cause of stuff I'd never even think to ask! Yeah, it's a bit of a wonder to me that OSC has not become as ubiquitous as say…ReWire.

    Since I've yet to invest in Sebelius, I'd like to see some basic stuff like how it really works with the Garritan sound set, how to take a simple idea (like say a 3 part horn arrangement) from one track of MIDI and 'explode' it into the correct transpositions/parts. How it handles MIDI-file imorts from different DAWS. And how some of the modern notation tricks work. But that's just a personal list.

    Thanks for the Primusluta tip!!!

    And of course you'll let us know where the NI stuff migrates to?

  • You can keep doing Ableton Live stuff… we don't mind!! LOL…. Can't wait to hear this when I get home…. especially the two controllers… since those are the only two I have now.. I tell you peter…. that APC is amazing.. I have just went from hating to set up my live sets… to now.. Poof it is there! I can't believe this little box…. it will have a home in my studio until it dies! 🙂

    thanks for all your great work! Love it!

  • PTPerson

    Ableton warping – ProTools style.

    It never made sense to move the timeline. ProTools elastic audio go this right, ableton saw this and adopted it.

    What goes around comes around I guess.

  • Yep, we'll have more Ableton tutorials, too. I just meant that we shouldn't have *exclusively* Ableton tutorials. 😉

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  • Nice to Live getting better and better, thanks for the great write up and videos.