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The Laptop DJ Handbook: Setups and Techniques of the Modern Performer by Jason Emsley

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Chapter 11. Ableton Live: The Clip Concept

If imagery could be used to portray the experience of most contemporary laptop musicians, it would probably be a screenshot of a Live clip (see Figure 11.1). Basically, the clip represents Ableton’s elegant redesign of the Post-it note. The primary function of an audio clip is to mark the specific location of an inspired idea—an audio file—on your hard drive. The central purpose of a MIDI clip is to store a specific sequence of MIDI control data: MIDI notes, automation envelopes, and so on.

Ableton’s soul: the Live clip.

Figure 11.1. Ableton’s soul: the Live clip.

Dig a bit deeper, and you’ll quickly find that, like Post-it notes, clips ...

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