I've been using FL studio for years and years and have become very familiar with it. I want to learn Ableton Live 8. Anyone know any good resources that walk you through some good beginner tutorials that teach you all the important aspects?
Although, if you find a good playlist linked ableton tutorial on youtube, you're golden. I believe in information being free
If you're familiar with any DAW system, you will automatically have an easier time as by definition DAWs are essentially the same. It's just placement, quality, and program specifics which make them different.
Look up the tornado twins on youtube, though it might be aimed towards dubstep if I'm not mistaken, they really do cover the basics.
This guy, which I happen to follow because of these videos, his music is pretty cool too....He uses Ableton, most of his filthy bass, I think it's Zebra2?? And then for his live performances, it's normally an APC40 and Ableton.
However, he explains a crap ton of stuff for many possible genres, though he's a glitchy performer.
if you happen to drop by the chatroom sometime, i'm usually there and i know my way around live pretty well.
honestly though, the lessons that shows up at the right when you first install it and boot it up covers most of the basics.
other than that, keep your info view open and read the text displayed there when you hover stuff/select stuff, and keep the manual open for quick reference. all you need really. otherwise there's literally thousands and thousands of blogs, tutorials, videos and shit available.
i know most people recommends you to buy a video or two, but really there is no need for that unless you like special tuition, such as nickstutorials for sound design which takes you further into sampler, for example. most basic learn-live-videos covers the same stuff that all basic learn-live-videos does (which coincidentally, the lessons also covers, including the tutorials listed on the official website).
I think different people learn in different ways. Some people hate using manuals but like using videos or reading stuff presented in different ways. Some of the basic stuff takes people years to learn, and some isn't in the manual or easy to find. I try to bring the best stuff together, like Nick's Tutorials which I have reviewed, plus other stuff that's not easy to find.
For instance, with one cheap midi keyboard you can fool Live into thinking you have 5 hardware devices, and you can set it up so that different devices in Live or different plugins are automatically controlled by the knobs on your controller. I don't know how many people know this method, but lots don't. When I discovered it, it was a revelation, especially when I later found out how to do it with 5 different devices at the same time.
Even if you get something with automap there is a problem, automap doesn't actually detect different Live devices, only plugins. However I found a way to make automap recognise them.
Basically my focus is on how to make it easy for beginners to intermediate users to get the most out of Live. I concentrate on details that make things easier. If you are watching a tutorial video for example, it will vanish when you click on Live. There is no way to stop this. I found a way which not only stops it, but incredibly allows you to see the video, yet be able to click on stuff underneath it, I mean through it, as if it wasn't there! It's like magic.
I didn't used to bother with shortcuts, didn't use my hardware to control knobs because I thought it all had to be midi-mapped, and I used a mouse. Even an Apple magic mouse, which is far superior to a normal one, is hard work compared to a trackpad. I control Live with one finger on a trackpad (two for scrolling), hardware knobs, and keyboard shortcuts. Where shortcuts are tricky, like cmd B for draw tool, I came up with one finger solutions. I tested these and found ways to make them work (it's not as straightforward as you might think).
The reason is partly because I have a trapped nerve in one arm, shoulder problem in one shoulder, and I did develop problems with one wrist, though that has gone now. Also I have poor eyesight. Plus I like taking something to it's limits. So my focus is on easy ways to use Live. My parents were both teachers, and I've trained a lot of people, so i guess it's in my instincts to be into giving people info in as clear and concise a way as I can.
By the way, if anyone wants to do an article for me, fire away please. Just make sure it's clear and correct.