Ableton Live: Multi-Clip Editing

Icon Instructor Jerry “BigJerr” DiPhillippo takes you into Ableton Live 10 and demonstrates how to edit multiple clips from a single view with the new multi-clip editing feature.

Multi-Clip Editing

One of the most exciting new features in Ableton Live 10 is multi-clip editing. You can work with multiple MIDI clips across multiple tracks within Note Editor in both Session and Arrangement View.

This capability helps you to see melodic and rhythmic relationships between different clips when creating and refining musical ideas. It also allows you to edit material across separate tracks and scenes more quickly.

Working with Multi-Clips

Edit smarter and take better control of the musical relationships in your song. Multi-clip editing is useful for looking at clips across different tracks as well as for comparing and editing multiple clips within the same track. In both the Session and Arrangement View, you can select and view up to eight looped MIDI clips at the same time. When multiple MIDI clips are selected:

  • All the notes from each clip will be visible in the Note Editor. However, only one clip will be active for editing at a time. Also, the active clip’s notes will be shown in that clip’s color, while the inactive clips’ notes will be gray.
  • Loop bars will appear above the Note Editor. Each loop bar represents a different clip in the current selection. The active clip’s loop bar will also be shown in the clip’s color, while the inactive ones will be grey.
  • Hovering the mouse over an inactive clip’s notes or loop bar will reveal that clip’s color, helping you to choose a different clip in the current selection to edit. Also, clicking on a clip’s note or loop bar switches to that clip for editing.
  • The title bar will show the name of the clip selected for editing. This can be particularly useful for identifying different clips with the same color.

BigJerr applies these music production tips in this Ableton Live tutorial to develop a chord progression, vocal chop lead, and a bassline that work together.

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