I decided to start a little series of quick tips for Ableton Live, called the Two Minute Ableton Tip. In this regularly updated series, I will share some advice and techniques I have picked up along the way. They will deal with live performance, production, workflow techniques... pretty much whatever comes up! Since I started making Free Ableton Live Packs, I have received a lot of questions about all kinds of things. The Two Minute Ableton Tips will address those and whatever other useful bits of information I can think of. I hope you find them fun, useful, and to the point.
This video talks about a horrible mistake that actually happened to me at a live performance recently. I was jamming out on my set to an audience who was still deciding if they liked what they heard or not. Suddenly, I accidentally hit the stop button on my APC40! Dead silence. To make matters worse, I was recording the set into Ableton's arrangement view, so it took my computer a good thirty seconds to render all I had recorded. This meant I couldn't even say anything over the microphone! Embarrassing :( Fortunately, the rest of the set went well, but I have to admit, I never quite got back into the groove. So to solve this problem I have remapped these dangerous buttons to simply select a track in my live set. This way, if I should hit one by mistake (and those buttons are dangerously close to the crossfader) nothing audible will occur. I show you how in the quick video. Don't make the same mistake as your boy AfroDJMac! Remap Dangerous Controls!