Some questions about Ableton can be answered easily but this one can’t be answered that easily as it differs from person to person. Every digital audio workstation has its advantages and its disadvantages. Likewise, Ableton has its advantages as being the digital audio workstation with the fastest workflow.
Even when it’s considered to be the one with the fastest workflow it intimidates a lot of beginners as far as I have seen. When I started in Ableton the first 10 days it was really hard to understand what each view does in Ableton. Once I got used to it I understood exactly what each view does and how they integrate.
If you don’t understand how each view integrates with the other in Ableton as a beginner you are going to struggle. Understanding the layout and each view work together is the first step in mastering Ableton as a beginner.so here is the short answer.
Yes, Ableton is good for beginners but they should focus on learning the layout and workflow to be effective with Ableton when they invest their time. Ableton offers multiple views that help the producers to be effective as they grow to learn Ableton.
In this article let’s look at how you can start learning Ableton, how to use the interface effectively, and where you might get stuck so that you can structure your Ableton learning journey as fun and smooth as possible. Let’s get started,
Difference between other DAW’s and Ableton
the main difference that you might find in Ableton live than the other digital audio workstations is that it has an additional feature called a session view. The session view consists of scenes that can be triggered and used in live performances using a midi controller.
This additional session view
as well as the other views such as the audio editor/midi editor as well as the device view will be a major difference when compared to other digital audio workstations where everything is straight forward.
One must understand that the views are actually there to increase the speed of your workflow but not to confuse or slow you down. When you understand how it works you will love Ableton for its different arrangement views.
The beginners struggle in Ableton
The first struggle a beginner will have as he looks at the interface is literal panic in eyes with a doubt whether they can figure this out or not.
If you are a beginner check my course on skillshare for starting Ableton. I don’t know how many days they are giving a premium for free at the moment you can check it here.
The answer to the panic is to find a course or a tutorial that explains comprehensively what is going on in the interface. You should be able to distinguish all the views with their functions.
Once you have figured out how the structure of Ableton works now you can go ahead and watch a beat making tutorial to learn how to use Ableton to make a beat.
This would give you clarity on how to use Ableton efficiently.
Mastering Ableton’s workspace
If you want to master Ableton then you should master all the views with its shortcuts.
Browser view, session view, arrangement view, audio and midi editor view, and device view.
When you can go through these without any issues then you can master Ableton live so easily. The next thing you should work at is getting your shortcuts right.
Learn one shortcut a day and you can master them all. Check my article on how long does it take to learn Ableton here.
If you don’t know music theory don’t panic you can check my article for that here as well.
The time is taken for people to learn Ableton might differ from person to person. The person with a bit of musical background will have an advantage in learning Ableton while the other might struggle a bit. The time is taken to learn Ableton really will differ from person to person.
When I started in Ableton I had a background in live performance so it was easy for me at the start to understand the layouts and see what each of them or meant for. But I sucked so much at making beats which took a lot of time to learn.
Never give up on what you are working on. When you find your rhythm you can cruise through things as fast as possible.
The learning curve might be hard in the case of Ableton at first but as time goes on you will get better at it.
If you are lacking motivation you can check my article on 21 tips for music producer motivation as well.