Many of you must have searched for this because you might have heard someone mention that Ableton is not good for recording or someone that praised Ableton for an awesome interface to work with when it comes to recording.
The different versions of Ableton allow you to have different functionalities when it comes to recording audio.
You will get about 256 audio mono connections when it comes to the suite version of Ableton
A music production software with about 256 connections for audio? I hope now you got the answer to your question. If a platform is built to handle that many recording inputs the whole question of is it good for recording holds no value.anyways in this article I will go over the recording functionalities that Ableton offers that usually, most software doesn’t.
Let’s get through the short answer first,
Yes, Ableton live is good for recording. It can handle 256 input/output channels and deliver the session, arrangement view recordings for music production projects.
Features for recording in Ableton
You get all the normal functionalities that you get with any other music production software when you use Ableton for recording. What is fascinating is the way they have integrated the ability to loop record without hurting ourselves by opening a new plugin like Edison in the case of fl studio.
You can simply press the button to record and directly sing into the arrangement view or event the session view no matter where you are in the navigation of Ableton. It will record perfectly
Ableton has made the process of recording really simple and straight forward for its users.
Session view recording
Let’s look at the session view for once, most digital audio workstations don’t even have this feature to quickly record your ideas. That’s the first.
Even when pro tools have tried to do it this year it doesn’t seem like it’s working at all.
Ableton’s session view is so powerful for live sessions as you can simply sing and record in the session view scenes, play them in the same performance as well.
Scenes are a new addition when it comes to digital audio workstations. At first, it was confusing why it’s there and what can we do with it.
It came all clear to me when I started to use the global master track scenes on how they were working in Ableton.
If you don’t know you can DJ with Ableton if you can work around with the Ableton software devices.
Things have become so easier folks.there is always this saying like when a business has competition the product will get better and better and the customer service will also start to increase. That’s exactly what has happened when it comes to Ableton’s session view
Arrangement view recording
Arrangement view is the next area where Ableton shines when it comes to recording songs or your instruments.
From normal functionalities like the tempo feature to the advanced features like markers to set your time signature and even automate it pretty efficiently has never been done in other digital audio workstations.
Another functionality of recording with Ableton is the ease of use in handling the editing using the arrangement view.
Unlike other workstations, you can simply click on the audio clip that is recorded and manipulate it directly without adding any extra plugins to it.
The integration of the audio editor within the audio recording platform is pretyyyyyy cool.
Integration with the two views in recording
If you have never used Ableton before you wouldn’t understand the power of this particular function that you get with Ableton. If you have used this you would know what I’m talking about.
Let’s say you have to put down 25 ideas for a song.
You have all these inspirations that are coming to you suddenly, all you have to do is to fire up the session view and record all of the ideas one by one in the session view.
You can then review and edit which one you want to use in the arrangement view.
All you have to do is to drag the click to the arrangement view.
By using this method you are handling the session view as your rough draft whereas your arrangement view acts as your main window.
This is just one way I use the integration of the two views in Ableton live for recording.
You can adapt to a new method as well.
Limitations of Ableton
Oh, bruh !! enough with the praises what are the limitations it has?
Let’s talk about it.
When it comes to music production software or any other product there is always room for improvement. This applies the same for Ableton as well in terms of recording abilities.
The ability to do multiple takes In the arrangement view and preview them and select your required studio sample is not available yet in Ableton live.
If you are wondering what I am talking about it’s comping.
Ableton has to intrude comping for its viewers to take Ableton recording to the next level.
I think this is one region where Ableton hasn’t nailed its mark yet. It has to do this pretty soon or else other competitors might catch up.
That’s the only functionality you will not get Ableton when you are doing recording sessions.
You can work your way around this by using various other functions in Ableton but still comping in Ableton is a dream for all Ableton freaks like me.
Maslin JE is a Music Producer/Composer Who has been working in the Music Industry for over 10 years. Having an evolution from being a church keyboardist to becoming a full-time entrepreneur he has gained an abundance of experience in music production and entrepreneurship.