Ableton Live Project

| April 17, 2011

Ableton Live Project

Over the last few weeks I have been working with a sequencing program in class, Ableton Live. As opposed to other programs we had worked with in class, I had no experience with this; I had actually never heard of it. Before we began working with it, we were told that it looked different than anything else that we had encountered and due to this it might be slightly more difficult to learn.

When I first opened the program my initial thought was that in did not look like anything I had ever seen and I had no idea where to begin. After it was explained and I began experimenting with different aspects of the program, I realized that although the program was unlike others I had worked with I thought it was easier to learn and  more “user friendly.”  To me, the layout seemed more organized than Garageband and Reason and it made perfect sense why there would be seams and tracks laid out the way they are. I also enjoyed how any of the loops could be used together because they are automatically transposed to the same key and time signature. Having the help feature pop-up when I scrolled over something was also an extremely useful tool. I liked how you could choose to view the work in session view or arrangement view. Although I preferred working in session view, the option allowed people who might be more comfortable in a more familiar looking arrangement view, to take advantage of that option.

Using Ableton Live has been a fun experience and I plan on using it in the future. It supported my belief that as music educators we need to be aware of current technology and methods of teaching. What seems foreign to us, may be something that our students will enjoy and greatly benefit from.