In this Section, we explore how to create basic beats in MIDI clips with the Impulse Drum Machine. We work on loading in sounds into the cells of the Impulse and create a few different rhythmic examples in MIDI clips. We also work with creating theme and variation and add dynamics to the beats by utilizing the velocity feature in the MIDI clips.
Notes on MIDI
MIDI= Musical Instrument Digital Interface
Different than audio
MIDI is a command language that enables control of different devices and perimeters in hardware and software musical applications
Drag Ableton device from Library into empty MIDI track to play that instrument.
Draw MIDI notes into an empty MIDI clip with pencil tool or mouse click
Use velocity to “humanize” MIDI notes
To play MIDI notes on a controller keyboard, make sure the track is “armed”.
Once you have recorded a few MIDI clips, copy those clips onto other related instruments/ tracks to begin building an arrangement.