What is Arrangement View?

Jason Allen
A free video tutorial from Jason Allen
Ph.D / Ableton Certified Trainer
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Lecture description

First, we will look at Arrangement view. If you have used any other audio program, this view will look a bit familiar.

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English ok so i have opened here a session in arrangement view now one thing you'll notice right away is that if i look over at my session view it's empty in this particular case I didn't do it I didn't do anything in section view only an arrangement but you'll notice my tracks were all laid out and that's because the one one of the things you can keep in mind with the session view an arrangement view thing to kind of simplify your you're thinking about this is that session view an arrangement view have different content but they share a mixer so the mixer which is kind of over here right now this is what we're seeing of the mixer for each track this is where volume is and are you know mute button which they don't really call them you button that's a whole other story talk about later you have volume panning stuff like that and the track label this is the first track is called piano if i go over the session view the first track is called piano and my volume and panning are the same so they're very shared between the two the mixer shared so again we're going to go into more detail as a this class goes on but just as kind of an overview what I have here is a whole bunch of clips and they're all called roads one because in this particular track what i did is come up with this main keyboard idea right and then I recorded it using a Rhodes sound and then I just kind of copied and pasted it and put it into different instruments and change some notes around but all the clips are called one roads because that was the name of the track when i recorded it I can we name these if I wanted to and we'll talk more about that later I'm actually let's talk about that right now because we're here we might as well come and our command are well i'm on a clip is gonna let me rename it so let's call this main keys r if whatever so that change that clip but all of these are separate clips know the way that I've set this up so they're not loops if they were loops then it would change for all of them but they're they're kind of copy and pasted refs about the whole thing so i have to change the name of them separately if i wanted to do that i could also control click on the riff or on the riff on the clip and get this menu where I can get a couple of options including i can change the color of it for keeping track of stuff if I want but also right here is rename if you want to go that route you can do that so I'm looking at MIT eclipse here i can tell they're mini clips because I see a bunch of little dots and lines in them if I double click on one of these clips I get into the midi editor down here in this window down here basically what we have here is it's kind of like a clip information that's not exactly what this area is called but it's going to tell us more info about the clip so with a MIDI clip if i click on it we're going to see the midi notes and some information about it we can also see the instrument that is being used if i click over here in this bottom right tab and here we have a grand piano sampler very simple here so we have these two tabs at the bottom of this view more on that later i promise i know i'm saying that a lot but this is going to be a big class so we're going to cover a lot of stuff later right now we're kind of just looking at surface level so over here I have my mixer whatever the mixer i can see in our arrangement view anyway so I have some I Oh settings here if you don't see the i/o settings head on down to this little button right here this is going to show or hide the i/o settings I always ends and outs so tell you my ins and outs here i have these are mostly for automation like what am I going to automate I have a lot of things that could automate on there so this is our automation line so i could draw some automation if I wanted to have the track name which again I can change with command our command R will go to a rename function for almost everything over here i have a mute which I have a track so low right now so you can see that queso mute I which they actually call this if you look up and documentation this is called a track activator which means it's basically backwards of a mute so this means it's on this means it's off so the track is active when it's yellow it is not active when it's grayed out solo record enable this is our volume actually it doesn't really look so much like a volume but this is our volume control in this view this is are panning and this is our we have to ox and set up so we can send out these two so this is the volume of the ox and so these volume controls look a little different than you might be used to if you've seen another dog but you just click and drag and you can just them if you want to get back to the defaults like with panning this is another kind of global ableton trick if I want to get back to the default i can just click on it click on the parameter so that it's the active parameter and then hit the Delete key and that will take me back to the default which for panning is centered so a couple quick I tricks on the arrangement view we're going to be talking more about this as we get into more detail just remember the clips each of these little nuggets are clips I can move around I can arrange I can do whatever we want with them up here we see a overview of the whole track and we can click and drag on it to kind of scrub around in big swathes that way we want and zooming let's talk about zooming lower here this is a kind of unique to ableton thing so if i want to zoom in on something and this goes thru out a lot of different stop this isn't just for arrangement view but I'm sick of saying we'll talk about that later so let's talk about it right now okay here's the trick was zooming ok so you need this little icon right here so it's basically like a hand holding a magnifying glass when you get that you can get it above the timeline here in this dark gray area can also get it down here and some other places sometimes you'll get it depending on what you're looking at so what you're going to do is click and hold down now well were held down we can pull down to zoom in now I still haven't let go of the cliq i can go up to zoom out down and up I can also go right which actually scrubs me left and i can go left with my mouse which actually comes me right so I can scrub left and right and i can zoom in and out and I still haven't lifted up my finger so this takes a little getting used to honestly when I picked up ableton this is probably the one thing when I was like like trying to navigate a session with this little gesture I took me a little bit to get used to but once I did it can be really fast because you get good at it you can say like okay I want to go right there you know and i can zoom in and know exactly what I'm looking for in one quick motion so it takes a little getting used to but that's it the key is to remember get that symbol in one of these areas click and hold down and then do all the navigation you want to do and get right to where you're looking for and then let go cool ok let's look a little bit more at session view and just do a quick little overview of what's there and then we'll move on