ok so here's the story.
Once upon a time I wanted to share a preset with my friend Shondell Swanson.
I needed to explain a few things about it so I thought, "I'll record a quick video tutorial."
Problem: I didn't have enough time to record a video, or to edit it, and especially not to wait for it to render...
I wished there was a way I could just record the audio of me talking and give it to him, with a few examples of what I mean, so he would understand.
I thought, "How come I can't just send him an audio link to explain the preset?"
The preset was no big deal, just a few tips and tricks for getting the best sound (this was for a master channel preset).
Then the idea struck me like a lightning bolt.
It sounded like this:
So that's what I did.
I started recording a few simple instructions and it was super-easy.
That was fast!
Then the first surprise hit...
So I did.
Why fight against the timeline when Ableton has a perfect system for stacking loops in layers?
And more ideas started coming, to make it better and better.
Use clip slots for each specific piece of advice.
Label the clips so they tell him what to do.
Put them in order so it's a sequence to follow.
It was instantly obvious that this was the best possible way to make a tutorial.
Then another idea hit me like the bass bins on a 20kilowatt sound system.
So I jumped into making examples using automation in my clips.
I went through the process of using the preset, making automation to show how each Device adds to the sound.
I recorded more voice clips to tell him what he was looking at.
I explained what I did, what I heard, and what problems it solved.
And then the magic moment happened.
(yes there was a third revelation that day).
That's where the Session Lesson really came to life.
I already had the effect rack mapped with macro knobs for the important parameters.
Now all that was left was to give him a blank audio clip with no automation, so he could play with the macro controls by himself.
And the hands-on Session Lesson was born.
When you download a Session Lesson, you get a completely interactive experience inside Ableton.
You hear instructions that explain the lesson.
You see examples of what to do.
You watch automation to HEAR the difference it makes.
Then you grab the controls and follow along to create sounds, practice mix techniques, and make your music sound pro.
This is the best way to learn because it's completely hands-on.
Think about it.
Nobody actually wants to watch somebody else make music on Youtube!
We want to play with sounds and make music!
Session Lessons make you make music.
These are interactive tutorials that you do inside Ableton, where you can play with the sounds yourself.
They're better then videos because they're FUN, and you can get a free one right here to find out how they work.
Grab this from the link; it works with Live9 and Live10.
You get a sound design lesson about Filters.
I think you'll really like it.
Click the green button for instant access to download the free Session Lesson.