How did you learn how to use Ableton?
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    Default How did you learn how to use Ableton?

    I've been DJ'ing with Traktor for almost a year now, and overall been DJ'ing for about 1.5 years. I tried Ableton out and went through the first tutorial but I finished it feeling like I don't remember a thing...

    Is there a better way to start? I want to produce and DJ with it, it doesn't really matter right now, it's just to see how it works and better imagine what would be possible with it.

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    I used FL studio for several years before learning Ableton, so it was not that large a step as compared to say going from Traktor to Ableton. In-fact in someways its a step backwards

    Anyway i found the small tutorials to be enough to teach me the basics so i could fill in the rest myself. However as you have found out far from everything is covered by the tutorials, checking out peoples tutorials on YouTube might help you out where the Ableton tutorials have failed

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    Thats good to hear....cause if ableton takes as long as it took me to teach myself FL studio im gona be 93 years old....

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    yea i used youtube to learn abelton and also abletonlivedj.com has good faqs especially on warping. The hardest part in ableton

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    Ableton imo the best way to learn (especially for DJs) is primarily to learn how to beatmap a track (which is really easy once you know how). Youtube is best for that.
    I can beatmap a track in 20-30 seconds most of the time.

    Once youve done that just start throwing down 2-3 tracks in the arrangement view and then practice using the EQs etc to mix the tracks together. Pretty much like DJing except your laying the tracks out.

    At that point you can then start throwing effects into the mix and playing round.
    Once you get the hang of that move into the session view and practice using it to cue tracks and trigger samples etc.

    Ableton in general is V easy and fluid, far more then I found FL.

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    Thanks for the tips, I'll let everyone knows how it goes

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    Also ASK Video has made a tutorial dvd for beginners;

    Live Tutorial DVD Content:
    40 High Quality Videos:

    1. Installation
    2. Setup
    3. The Menus
    4. Browser
    5. Getting Started
    6. Library
    7. Control Bar
    8. The Mixer
    9. Arr. vs SessionView
    10. Clip Track View
    11. Warp - example video
    12. Recording Audio
    13. Audio Effects
    14. Beat Repeater
    15. Track Automation
    16. Transport
    17. Clip Transport
    18. Recording MIDI
    19. MIDI Editing
    20. MIDI Effects - example video


    21. Editing Arr. View
    22. Remote MIDI/Keyboard
    23. Control Surfaces
    24. Rewire
    25. Cue Mon/Crossfader
    26. Launching Clips
    27. Simpler - example video
    28. Operator
    29. Impulse
    30. Sampler 1
    31. Sampler 2
    32. VST Instruments
    33. Freeze
    34. File Management
    35. Video in Arr. View
    36. Routing I/O
    37. Clip Envelopes
    38. Follow Actions
    39. Sync
    40. Tips and Tricks - example video

    ASK Video - Live Tutorial DVD

    It's 40$ though...
    Last edited by VoOFA; 05-21-2008 at 03:28 AM.

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    ^ I downloaded that, its pretty good in terms of the tutorials, but I wouldnt buy it over anything online imo.

    ALSO, the 'intro video presenter' chick is fucking AWFUL! They take the piss out of her in the bloopers reel. Fucking cracks up me.

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    I learned the basics by myself in one day.

    But than again, Ableton has everything where I expect it to be.
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