As a singer/songwriter who would like to eventually get his music into well-produced recordings, I have decided to try learn more about the tools I have on hand to help move me in that direction.  One of them is an audio/music production program called Ableton Live.

A “Lite” version of Ableton Live came with an M-Audio product I purchased not too long ago.  While I loaded the program on my computer, I haven’t been using it.  Largely that’s because the first time I opened it, it looked so foreign and complicated that I put it into my “deal with later” pile.

Well, it’s later … and I must say that having spent several evenings poring through little bits of the program (very very very little bits), I feel like I have a tiger by the tail.  It looks amazing!  There seems so much that can be done with this program.  Last night I was working on understanding how to make a drum track that could be used in a recording.  I’m making headway, but I’m not there yet.  Partially because every time I click on one item, more options open up for me to try to figure out. 

Just for fun, here’s a short clip of what I came up with last night in an mp3 file.  

I’ve read the manual, but it didn’t make sense to me because I just didn’t have a base of experience from which to pull for it to really sink in.  Too many new terms all at one time.  I believe in manuals, though, so I’ll get back to it after a bit more experimentation.

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