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Old 13th February 2018
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New to this Ableton thing I am... Questions

Just opened up Ableton in an attempt to begin learning it seeing as tho Gibson screwed us Cakewalk Sonar users. Some questions...
3 come to mind right now.

1. I do 90% of my sequencing on hardware (Roland MV8800 & Fantom X7)
do anyone know if I can slave Ableton to my MV88?

2. Where the best place to get packs (free foremost) I need a variety of horns & strings for now.

3. Can anyone point me to some video links of the best beginner tutorials?

Thanks in advance.
Old 14th February 2018
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Old 15th February 2018
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Not sure why you are just not taking your Sonar instruments and samples with you into Live, as you've paid for them and there is no reason to throw them away.

I have not figured out how to do that yet I literally just just decided to open and try Ableton. This interface looks like a foreign language to me hence me asking about "beginner tutorials".

You have to log in of course, but there are few free things here and there in ALP.

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Thank you. Will check this out.

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I've used Sonar since it's 2nd version so this is going to take some getting used to.
Old 15th February 2018
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At the Ableton.com site in the Help section, there are a set of beginners tutorials. Live also incorporates lessons in the Help View.
Old 15th February 2018
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1. I do 90% of my sequencing on hardware (Roland MV8800 & Fantom X7)
do anyone know if I can slave Ableton to my MV88?
Yes, you can.
Old 17th February 2018
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Just opened up Ableton in an attempt to begin learning it seeing as tho Gibson screwed us Cakewalk Sonar users. Some questions...

1. I do 90% of my sequencing on hardware (Roland MV8800 & Fantom X7)
do anyone know if I can slave Ableton to my MV88?
You know Cakewalk Sonar still works, and it will work until you uninstall it or Windows OS 10+ decides not to play nice with it. I know you know this already, but most likely want to get a head start on the learning curve when that happens.

Since you are a hardware guy like me, you will be disappointed in Live's inability to incorporate as much MIDI/external hardware aspects as Sonar. Ableton is still powerful, clean, and solid. I just wish they took the time to incorporate more of the "old school" MIDI implementation such as better CC control/mapping, sysex, program changes, and instrument definition files.
Old 17th February 2018
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Since you are a hardware guy like me, you will be disappointed in Live's inability to incorporate as much MIDI/external hardware aspects as Sonar. Ableton is still powerful, clean, and solid. I just wish they took the time to incorporate more of the "old school" MIDI implementation such as better CC control/mapping, sysex, program changes, and instrument definition files.
A lot of this is possible with Max 4 Live devices that allow you to send sysex etc. Some of them are specially crafted to work with specific hardware. For example, I use Roland FA Control and Roland FA Tone Recall to control my Roland FA 08 synth/workstation. I don't think Sonar comes even close to such versatility. You can even program your own devices if you have experience with Max 4 Live.

Some of the advanced stuff is also possible to make using Python and User Remote Scripts.

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Old 19th February 2018
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You know Cakewalk Sonar still works, and it will work until you uninstall it or Windows OS 10+ decides not to play nice with it. I know you know this already, but most likely want to get a head start on the learning curve when that happens.
Yes I am aware of this but I wanted to get ahead of it and slowly find a suitable replacement. I'm thinking of trying a light version of Protools. Just thought I'd never want to use PT
Old 19th February 2018
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Have you considered Samplitude.

I'm not shilling for them or anything but they are kind of having a fire sale for the people that want to move off Sonar. Try the demo the sale is valid until 25th of February. $150 for Samplitude Pro X3 Suite + SoundForge 11 + Spectral Layers 4. I'm not sure I can post a link to it here without breaking a rule, but if you send me a PM I'll dig it out of my e-mail.

You probably can find the page through a search engine as well.
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