In this video, I walk through how I run tracks and clicks with Ableton Live for a worship service.
Here are some ideas and tips from the video:
- I use a reference track in my master set list to be able to quickly reference the full audio of the song if anyone in the band needs clarification on a part. This channel is only activated when we need to listen to it.
- I have a guide track for songs that we might use an audio guide on.
- I color code my grouping based on what output they are routed to. Click is a mono track. I don’t use the built-in metronome from Ableton Live. I use a midi channel with a highly customizable midi click.
- Our auxiliary track is also mono and is mostly drum/percussion tracks. I also use an electronic drum pad to trigger sounds inside a drum rack within Ableton Live for certain songs.
- We use stereo gang vocal tracks on certain songs to help our sound engineer get the gang vocals in the mix without having bleed from the mics on stage.
- Our stereo pads track helps to give more weight and texture to our songs.
- I send each track to a return aux so that I can easily listen and edit my tracks when I’m not using my Focusrite interface (which has multiple outputs going to Front Of House).
- I use Ableton’s session view as a master set list to quickly re-order songs and save new sets. I create and highlight some scenes to be used purely as notes about the set.
- When I add new tracks I spend time warping them so that I can change the key and tempo of the song on the fly.
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