How to use Ableton’s Looper as a songwriting tool to get ideas fast

Ableton’s Looper instrument is a great tool that is largely overlooked for most songwriters (unless of course your songwriting style revolves around live looping). I myself have only recently been taking an interest in it as a creative tool.

Initially I was curious how I could use live looping as a way to create happy accidents in my song projects. I’m always interested in letting your brain do it’s thing without getting in the way & I figured a great way to do this would be to set up the looper & just start recording things from inside & outside the computer.

This lead to me building some great & unexpected ideas that I could springboard into the beginnings of a song or add some finishing touches. I plan to use this tool quite a bit more to add some random flavor to my work.

Here is a video I posted showing one way I use Ableton’s Looper instrument:

The 2nd Producer’s Playground Challenge

The First Producer’s Playground challenge¬†¬†has ended & I’ll only be accepting submissions til the end of today, so get them in quick! I’ve really enjoyed everybody’s creations.

Since I’ve been playing with Looper, I decided the next challenge is going to be related to that. Simply follow the basic idea in my video below & submit your results to innerstatejt@gmail.com.

What I did was to use Ableton’s internal instruments with Looper to create interesting soundscapes. So the notes stay in key while fumbling around, I used Ableton’s Scale effect. I create a group instrument so I could quickly choose from several sounds & I added a simple delay to make things flow with the tempo a bit. I also adjusted the volumes of each beforehand, so the loop sounded more balanced, but you can feel free to do whatever you like.

What’s great is that it doesn’t require any particular skill to do. Simply let your mind go & see what happens. I guarantee what you come up with won’t sound quite like anyone else.

Did you take the First challenge?

Want to share some Looper loops for this challenge?

I look forward to hearing your results.

Happy Music Making,

Jason

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