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Slice to MIDI reveealed

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Uploaded on Nov 6, 2011

If you haven't explored Slice to MIDI, you are missing out. It is one of the coolest features in Ableton: you can take a break or a clip and, with the push of a button, covert it into a drum rack. Unfortunately, it seems to be made to just handle one clip at a time, meaning that it is difficult to, say, take the snare from one break and the kick from another break. Luckily, there is an easy workaround that I show in this video. This video covers the basics of Slice to MIDI, as well as how to consolidate slices from several breaks into one Drum Rack. Enjoy!

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The slice to MIDI function can be used to quickly convert a clip into a series of notes in a Drum Rack.

First, select the clip you'd like to slice.

Then, right-click or cntl-click and select Slice to MIDI.

The next selection box will ask how big you want the slices to be. You can pick any subdivision, but I would suggest you pick whatever the smallest unit of the beat is, in the case of drums. You can also set Slice to MIDI to slice at the warp markers, which is useful if you are slicing something more melodic or ambient.

If you'd like to combine more than one track, simply slice a new clip and rename the cells you'd like to incorporate into your rack.

Select these cells and drag them into your original drum rack. Remember that you have to drag them directly into the new cell. If you drop them on the new track, they might override something that you liked!

Do you have any other questions about Slice to MIDI? Let me know in the comments!

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