Programme and layer drums in Ableton Live’s Arrangement View

In this tutorial, Live expert Liam O’Mullane shows you how to build a drum part in Ableton Live’s Arrangement View by manipulating one-shot samples and loops. Learn how to layer up one-shot snare samples for maximum punch, minimising phase cancellation.

Then, discover the difference that Live’s Warp modes can make to the tone of your loops when re-pitching. Learn how to slice up and re-order sections of a loop to fit with your programmed drum part, and also how to cut a single one-shot from a larger loop for more ear-catching textures.

Finally, learn to use groups for easy processing of layered drum hits, and for all your drums together.

Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:

Those of you who already know Live inside and out, but are looking to explore other DAWs may want to check out our Logic Tips Series, following a similar pattern to this course.

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