Intro to Ableton Live Looper

Intro to Ableton Live Looper using the KMI Softstep foot controller

This Ableton Live video is an Intro to Ableton Live Looper and some bonus content about using the Keith Mcmillen Instruments Softstep foot controller. Live looping is a lot of fun and a great way to perform or enhance a performance. With the technology available today you can be a one man band and carry way less gear. This Intro to Ableton Live Looper video will help get you started and teach you the basic fundamentals of live looping with Ableton Live. There are a lot of different workflows and techniques to live looping. I personally am a Live Looper and I have trained many people how to use Ableton Live for live looping. Some of my students started from scratch while others came from a hardware looping back ground. Learning how to live loop can seem like a dark art only mastered by wizards of a the sacred order but it is not that difficult after you master the fundamentals that this Intro to Ableton Live Looper video will cover. The next stage is to learn and decide on how you want to perform. My biggest advice is to think about what you want to do and how you want to do it. Write it down, then make it happen. I’m an Ableton Live Certified Trainer and Live Looping is actually one of my many specialties. feel free to contact me or leave a comment below.
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  1. Abin

    Is there a way to do a live loop performance in Ableton Live 9 Lite?

    • Jimmy Allison

      yes, but you would need to do it using clips because live lite does not have looper. I used to live loop with Ableton before looper with clips, the drawback is no sound on sound looping. The benefit is you can go back and play/keep anything that was recorded. I always teach my students both methods and I personally incorporate both methods in my live looping sets.

    • Jimmy Allison

      Yes, Ableton in itself is a Looper. You do not need the Looper effect because you can just loop straight into clip slots. I generally do my live looping sets into clip slots rather than using the Looper. Ableton Looper is mainly great for sound on sound looping and setting the tempo with the first loop. You can still do a live looping in Ableton Lite even with its limitations. Alternatively, you can also check out Mobius which is a free live looping vst that will run as a plugin in Ableton Live. I personally do not use it but it is worth checking out as an alternative.

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