Lesson 15: Recording Audio for Sound Design

Live’s session view was designed to give music producers a fast and focused way to record, edit and mix sounds together as part of the creative process. With its extensive range of recording capabilities, you’ll be able to take your projects to the next level in no time. You will learn how to capture audio from multiple sources–including hardware synths, drum machines, and other gear–and layer different track levels for complex soundscapes.

Additionally, you will see how you can use envelopes, sidechain functions, and effects on individual tracks in order to sculpt unique soundscapes with pinpoint accuracy. All this means that you can craft complex multi-layered audio arrangements at lightning speed! So whether you’re looking for a vintage vinyl feel or just want to make killer new sounds, Live is up to the challenge!

Recording audio is a much more complex process compared to recording MIDI because of the huge amount of data involved. All your audio settings, such as your sound card, buffer size, and hard drive space need to be specifically configured in order for you to have a successful recording session. These basic settings can help set your system up so you can start recording some great audio.

Monitoring, workflow settings, clip recording, resampling, and other methods of recording will be covered in this course. Your homework assignment for this course will include an assortment of exercises, including recording audio internally from one track to another, creating Simpler instruments from the audio you recorded, and sampling something internally with Soundflower.