The concept of live tracks is simple. Running background music that allows the band to accomplish something that they otherwise couldn't. It takes a simple Google search to discover that Ableton is the software of choice to accomplish that task. However Ableton can be a double edged sword - it is EXTREMELY flexible and can accomplish almost anything... which often means that there are a myriad of ways to approach a problem - too many options.
It's also fairly easy to end up creating more problems than are easy to solve quickly. Maxing out CPU/RAM, glitches during the live performance, and a stiff/inflexible performance are all too common amongst Ableton users. Most of these issues show up over time, as we continually tinker with our live set, which adds again to the difficulty of troubleshooting and finding solutions to these problems.
However, it is entirely possible to prepare our sets in a manner that prevents these. The method I use in Ableton is highly CPU/RAM efficient, allows for infinite arrangement changes on the fly live, and is very stable - very few glitches! Most of the differences in my set are very simple and easy to implement.
Join me for a 90 minute workshop entitled "A-Z Live Tracks In Ableton" This workshop is $20 to attend.
I'll be showing the exact method I use with Jesus Culture to prepare live tracks. Since I switched to this method about a year ago, there has been a dramatic decrease in glitches, I've been able to increase the number of songs loaded into my set at a time, and have been able to easily and quickly teach this system to others who fill in for me on the road, including Bethel Music's keyboard player- he uses this system now. I used this exact system just last month to record and run the set for the next live JC album, and I'm happy to report - it's as stable as ever!
If you've ever wondered the best way to prepare an Ableton set, if you've ever wondered if there were a few key tips and tricks that can impact the stability and flexibility of an Ableton set - this workshop is for you! Join me, and I'll show you what you need to know.
And yes, you'll keep a recording, so if you aren't able to attend live... you can purchase now and still watch the video later :)
What We'll Cover:
- My new method for organizing and creating live tracks in Ableton - this has never before been shared online and allows for spontaneous arrangements, while being highly CPU/RAM efficient.
- A simple tip to help keep your computer from glitching during a performance.
- How to organize your Live set for ease of navigation and speed.
- A simple system for labeling and preparing tracks that saves me over an hour per song I prepare.
- Bonus templates, files, and an extra addendum for a "Dream" live setup - infinite expansion and future-proof
I am a full-time musician, and have worked in the music industry since 2004 – playing keyboards, as well as programming and a bit of singing/writing/producing. I have been part of the band at Jesus Culture since 2000. I started in youth group, serving as a musician, worship leader, sound engineer, intern and leader. I started writing my own songs, and eventually put out my own record “Awakened” in 2007. Since then, I have developed a full-time job working as a studio musician, recording artist, instructor, and writer. I have co-written many songs sung in corporate worship, including Love Came Down, God I Look To You, For The Cross, Alleluia, and I Want To Know You.
I’ve been a featured instructor at Bethel Music’s WorshipU (School of Worship) – both the local chapter, as well as the online school. In 2011, I started an online training course called Digital Ninjas – it’s purpose being to give a beginning to end solution for anyone wanting to learn everything they need to know about Ableton Live and Reason 6 for modern worship. In 2013, I put together multiple full day seminars - live streamed from my home studio. I frequently travel and teach workshops on synthesis and live performance. In 2016, I launched "SYNTH UNIVERISITY" - a new 12 month school all about how to learn synthesis and sound design techniques FAST and apply them immediately.
In my free time I usually end up reading, writing, as well as playing video games (nerd alert!)
Coffee beverage of choice: Bulletproof Coffee..
I’ve been happily married to my beautiful wife Jesse for 9 years, have a wonderful vibrant 4 year old Olly, and live just outside Redding CA