I approach this blog as a lover of both Ableton Live and of guitar playing (although I do actively play other instruments, and am always learning more). This project began in 2014 as I was writing down my ideas and notes on how I fixed certain problems in my workflow, so my goals and methodology would play well with Ableton Live 9 Suite.
To dive a bit deeper, over the last year I have gone through many customizations and considerable problem solving in shaping Live 9 to to more closely align as a mostly hands-free studio tool AND as a live sampler/looper for performance. My hope was that I could further unify the studio/tracking/creative process and the eventual performance process - we all need constraints, and to me, being able to perform the material in one pass (using Live Looping) seemed like a good limitation to push against.
My learning has traversed from audio interfaces, to foot pedals for hands-free operation (crucial for guitar, obviously), midi conflicts to effect racks, hardware to software, etc. etc. etc. I was really just documenting them for myself so I would not forget the often labyrinthian setups, process, mappings and routings necessary - but I found that others out there wanted this information as well.
I hope this blog helps you solve some of the problems I have encountered with less work and effort and gets you back to why you are probably reading this in the first place: you want to make music.
To quote/paraphrase an entry by one of my favorite bloggers, Shawn Blanc, "they say you should 'write the internet you want to read.'" In that vein, I am trying to write the blog that I wish I had stumbled across when I began making music with Ableton Live 9 Suite. I hope you enjoy it.
Drop me a line and let me know what you are up to, what you are liking or want more info on, or what you think could be better!