How to use capture mode in Ableton Live 10

Point Blank music school introduces new series where the school's tutor will teach us how to use new features in Ableton 10. In the first session, Thomas Glendenning who is the resident Ableton whizz in London and certified Ableton trainer will take a look at Ableton Live 10 and its features. For the first video, the focus is on perhaps the most simple new feature of Live 10, and almost certainly the most revolutionary: Capture.

It allows you to record midi sounds after-the-fact, even if you forget to hit record, opening a world of possibility for freer jamming. Thomas teaches Introduction to Music Production (Ableton) at Point Blank in London which, as well as acting as a standalone course, is an integral part of school's degree and diploma programmes, both in London and online.

After a short intro from Thomas, we dive into the demonstration, which is directly taken from the course materials for Intro to Music Production (Ableton). As we can see, it allows for a more organic way of recording sounds by eliminating the need to figure out exactly what you might have played while jamming, also taking off some pressure when recording a take.

It does this by constantly listening to your session, as long as the midi track is record-armed. It will automatically guess your tempo and a suggestion as to where you want to loop the clip, and you can even overdub using capture as well, simply hitting the button again after playing over your original clip. Watch the video for some more in-depth information about what it can do.



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By Saša, edited on 06 June 2018