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Learn how to create, produce and perform a whole new way; prepare to unlock the power of Live. This book and DVD combination shows, if you get it right, exactly what Ableton Live can deliver. Engineered to follow Live's non linear music environment the book looks and feels like the program, its unique format utilizes the terms and creative features of Live- tabs, keys, pointers, and labels to learn the littlest things that make the biggest difference. Packed with professional testimonials, concepts, definitions, hundred of tips, tricks and hidden features the book covers the software's nuts and bolts and creative technique to create, produce, perform and make music on the fly. The accompanying DVD contains 'Live sets' and web pointer information to sync and download as well as interviews, further hints, tips and video

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 407 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press; 1 edition (October 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 024081228X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240812281
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 7.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #899,769 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Patrick on March 3, 2010
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This book is difficult to read. The author tends to ramble a lot and to spend more time explaining how great Live is (often in very vague language) without actually explaining how to use it. A few paragraphs in the introduction to get people excited about it would have been fine, but a good portion of every single chapter it seems wastes time rambling on about how amazing Live is. Since I've obviously taken the time to read a book on it, do I really need to be told that, over and over and over? Can't I just try it out and make a decision on my own?

The author obviously understands Live well and is a devoted and enthusiastic user, but this book badly needs an editor to cut away the fluff and keep him focused on explaining how to make music, rather than how Live is so much better than other production software and is going to "synergize your paradigms in a revolution" or some such.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Johannes Koldschlaabs on February 6, 2010
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This title is not a particularly good guide to Ableton Live. It was the first one published to cover version 8 of the software, so I pre-ordered it. Boy was that a mistake. I should have waited for the "Ableton Live 8 Power!" book instead.

I find that when I turn to the book to help me figure out a specific piece of functionality or solve a specific problem it is no help. Point number one, and this is VERY IMPORTANT: This book's index is only SIX pages long, while the index for "Ableton Live 8 Power!" is TWENTY FIVE PAGES LONG!!! (Use Amazon's "Look Inside" feature for each book and see for yourself.) Think of that. When you go to look up a specific topic in the index of this book you are four times less likely to find that topic listed. This has bitten me in the a** more times than I can count. I have been keeping the book on my desktop as I use Ableton and again and again find that the book does not have an entry for the function I am trying to use, or when it does the explanation is not fleshed out. Often I finish a chapter and am left scratching my head because the concepts weren't fully explained yet the chapter is already over.

The author spends more time rambling on without detail than he does intricately explaining the functions of the software. Even for the absolute beginner this is a waste of time. I would recommend "Ableton Live 8 Power!" I am ordering my copy today and selling this other book on the used market. Any takers?
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19 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Wolfgang on December 9, 2009
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This is the best ableton reference book I have ever read. I dont know the author, I dont know the publisher. And seriously, this is absolutely the first book you should read on ableton live 8.

I have been using ableton live since version 5. And since this is a program written by germans, the engineering is great, and the reference manuals have always sucked. Every update, I have to go out and buy about three books to help navigate the new features and make sense of the program in all its depth. I have owned and read many, many ableton books. Most of them are painful to read.

Well, thanks to this book, I only need to buy one book to understand Live 8.

This book is written in the language of the program. It starts to get you thinking like ableton thinks, just in the structure of the book.

It was quick to cut to the chase of what I wanted to do in ableton. It has very accurate pictures, guide points, step by step pages. When I needed deeper information on a subject, it was there too. Full color photos- all over the book. the fine details clearly spelled out. Easy to read language.

Really amazing guidebook. It made getting up and running with ableton a breeze. Then when I needed to go deep with the program, I was able to find that data further on in the book.

Its rare to find a person who is both a technically adept and a great teacher. The author is one of those rare finds.

Now lets hope he writes a book for logic pro.

-- Wolfie

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Wood on April 1, 2010
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Since I already own Jon Margulies Ableton Live 7 Power (and since the bulk of the Power books seems to be repeated in each subsequent edition), I bought this book for a different approach. It covers some subjects thoroughly, but others in a cursory fashion: for example, the author repeatedly urges the reader to upgrade to Live 8 suite (which contains all of the Live instruments), but only describes the two that come with the basic version of Live (Impulse and Simpler). Explanations of many crucial features are far better addressed in Live's included PDF manual.

The only aspect of this book that is better than Margulies is the color screen shots-- much clearer than the grey-on-grey examples in the Power series.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matt Horning on February 23, 2010
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I just started getting into music production with Ableton Live, and naturally, I needed a book to fully utilize it. Based on the reviews here, I decided on this one.

Pros:
*Well written and informative.
*Doesn't require reading it from cover to cover. The book encourages you to read the first few chapters (or scenes, but more on this later) in order, but says that you can skip around after that to learn specific topics.
*Covers a wide variety of topics and styles. I really wanted to learn how to use the Vocorder audio effect and it walked me through the details of using it, and was really helpful.

Cons:
*The book refers to everything in Ableton Live lingo, and while this is supposed to get you thinking in "Ableton Live" language, I found it mildly confusing. They call chapters scenes, and I found myself wondering what they were talking about sometimes.

Summary:
It's a great book for the money, it helped further my knowledge of Ableton Live, and I definitely don't regret purchasing it.
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