During the lifetime of a track I usually work with three different Ableton LIVE sets.
Each LIVE set is used in a different manner an represents a certain stage of my production.
- I ususally start with a template set using the Session View for sound design, clip sketches
and raw arrangements. Arrangement view is used for…… You´re right: arrangement!
During phase one I usually move a lot between session view and arrangement view
- Phase 2 is my mixing phase. Back in the days I arranged and mixed in one go. Now if feel more comfortable
to split it into two phases. Leveling, panning etc. is done here. The biggest advantage for me is, that I have
a clear cut between arrangement and mixing. I´m not so tempted to move between arrangement and mixing
back and forth and it simply feels good to move officially from one phase to another.
- Phase 3 and Ableton set 3 ist just for Mastering. Again: Don´t move back, if it isn´t absolutely necessary.
If I want to perform a track live with some Hardwarecontrollers I often use a copy of my raw arrangement
in set 1 and replace the Clips in session view with the final stems.
Because music production is always a very personal thing and I guess there are several
million ways to produce a track, just keep in mind that this approach MIGHT fit to You as
well, maybe not.
This is just my way. And besides the fact that I often tend to work with Ableton LIVE as descibed
there are lots of exceptions where I do it completely different……