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Ableton Live 8 Power!: The Comprehensive Guide Paperback – October 20, 2009
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It follows a particular style for technical texts that I don't care for much, which is to have chapters that just describe each function/feature of the software in a linear fashion. It doesn't promote learning all that well, b/c you tend to get bored just reading about feature after feature without being more interactive. It has available some live sets that you can download and there are a few areas in the book where it prompts you to try things, but not many.
By comparison, I also have the book Reason 4 Ignite by Matt Piper (also Cengage Learning), and it takes a completely different approach. Each chapter in that book has you start with blank instrument and work through a short lesson. This style I found much more engaging, and I learn the software so much faster.
With the Ableton Power book, I feel like I've learned enough about the software now by playing with it, that the book doesn't really provide much of a reference for me anymore, as I'll probably just go straight to the PDF User Manual. Your mileage may vary.
The first half of this book introduces you to the most basic concepts in Live such as the Arrangement and Session views. The chapters are very long and concepts that are touched on in earlier chapters are repeated in the following chapters (again, and again, and again). I recommend skipping around the book if you really need to know about a specific feature in Live. The book goes on to explain Clips, Scenes, Tracks, Warping Markers, Loop Markers, etc. The first six chapters will give you basically all you need to know on making music in Live. The chapters that follow describe Plug-Ins, Effects, Instruments (Midi Effects and Audio Effects, which are touched upon in the first six chapters). The author does an amazing job describing not only what a certain feature is used for, but what it does and how it works. I think this book is a "must have" for any Ableton Live 8 user that has just switched from a previous DAW.
I seriously underestimated Live (a couple years ago when I was using FL Studio). Now that I see what I've been missing, I don't think I'll ever switch from Ableton's Live.
I'll update this post when I'm finished reading the last chapters of the book. You can really fly through the book if you read a chapter or two everyday, but make sure you understand the material or you'll be stuck with no knowledge of Live at all.
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This book would have greatly enhanced my Ableton skills if I would have read it. Don't be me...READ THIS BOOK!Published 18 months ago by jeffro199
My son is teaching himself to play the piano and he asked for this book. He has been very successful using it!Published on April 14, 2014 by Lola
Can't say enough or put it all in words about Ableton...It is the level after the next level! Love it!Published on March 7, 2014 by Scottie Tolbert
This helps you get acquainted and used to the interface and it's depth but there is little hand holding in this book. Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by Edison R.
Not only was this the best guide I've ever used, but I've had a chance to see the author perform and he doesn't just talk about Ableton - he maximizes its potential. Read morePublished on February 5, 2013 by Steven B. Grafing
I own several books targeted at Ableton Live and can confidently say this is far and away the best. It could be used as textbook for an classroom environment. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Josh Szepietowski
Bought it with good intent. Thinking I was going to become a actual productive user with Abelton. WRONG. Not the books fault. Abelton required TIME. Lots of dedication. Read morePublished on June 18, 2012 by Ant