Alright, time for a post with some actual content. I just picked up the Ableton Live 9 Suite DAW as part of their promotion offering an upgrade to those that purchased Live 8 Suite recently. I’m still reviewing all of the new features as I mix/master a remix compilation CD, but in the meantime I had an idea to visually document all of the handy keyboard shortcuts relating to the user interface. A lot of the power leveraged in the Ableton interface is simply in allowing you to move gracefully around the application, getting all of the technical crap out of your way so you can just make music. It’s why I moved onto the platform from Fruity Loops almost a decade ago (sheesh) and it’s why I continue to support Ableton by spending the exorbinant amount of money to purchase a licensed copy. If you haven’t, have no fear as I will not judge. But honestly, there’s a lot of satisfaction to be had in not being terrified of their amazing piracy protection scheme locking you out of all of your hard work! /rant
Okay anyway, check out the image below for a breakdown of available shortcuts in the Session view of Ableton. These are only the basic ones that are enough to get you where you need to be, but if you’re looking for a more exhaustive list then definitely check out the link below where somebody has meticulously organized and listed all of the available keyboard shortcuts in each different work area. Even if you’re just here for the graphic, go get it anyway! Cheers, and if you just picked up Live 9 yourself please remember to HAVE FUN.
External link: Ableton Live 2-page keyboard shortcut list