About Song Sketch

Song Sketch is a song structure editor for Live

Song Sketch works with: Ableton Live 10 Suite or Live 10 Standard with Max For Live 8 as an add-on license. Mac OS Sierra, High Sierra, Mojave, Catalina, Windows 10. Minimum 8GB RAM, recommended 8GB+.

Use Song Sketch to:

  • Speed up song arrangement. In Song Sketch you can quickly draft a song arrangement based on your musical ideas.
  • Achieve an integrated workflow. Song Sketch supports easy switching between composing the parts and arranging the song.
  • Explore. Accessing arrangement patterns of different styles makes it fun and intuitive to explore arrangement techniques in new genres.
  • Leverage your experience. While in the traditional DAW workflow, an arrangement is tied to one project, Song Sketch introduces the possibility to work with arrangement as presets that can be customised and used with different musical ideas.

Buy Song Sketch €39,00

Note: The current version includes a total of 84 templates in the styles of Pop, Hip Hop, Techno, House, Deep House, Drum & Bass and Trap. The tutorial shows more styles which are not yet released. More libraries in different styles will be added continuously in updates of the device. 

Arranging in Song Sketch

Song Sketch is a song structure editor for Live. As such, Song Sketch makes it possible to work and experiment with arrangement in parallel with creating your musical parts. In Song Sketch, you can load, edit and create different arrangement patterns and apply them to your music. In this way, you can work on alternative arrangements for the music that you are composing.

Libraries

Song Sketch comes with a set of arrangement templates/patterns (called Sketches) in different genres and styles. Song Sketch includes four libraries with a total of 84 templates in the genres of Hip Hop, House, Deep House, Techno, Pop, Drum & Bass and Trap. Additional libraries can be imported and new sets of templates will soon be available.

Using arrangement templates

Applying various arrangement templates enables you to quickly test your loops in a full length song. You can also customise the arrangements, for instance by swapping parts to apply the pattern to your loops in different ways, or by editing the length and placement of the different parts of your song.

Any work you do in Song Sketch can be saved as a new arrangement template (Sketch). You can also create your own templates from scratch and share them with others.

 

Standard features

The Song Sketch standard workflow takes you from loops to a full track in four steps:

  1. Prepare your loops
  2. Select a Sketch (arrangement template) to apply to your loops
  3. Customise by editing and swapping the different parts of the arrangement
  4. Place on the arrangement view

Start with your loops

Both audio and midi clips can be used and the loops/clips can be of different length.

Select a Sketch

A Sketch (arrangement template) can have up to 16 parts, each of which can be applied to one of your loops. When you select a Sketch, Song Sketch matches the different parts of the arrangement to the names of your loops.

Edit and swap

You can customise the arrangement by editing where in the song the different parts of the arrangement will be played. You can also swap the parts to change which of your loops they will be applied to.

Place to arrangement view

Press the “To Arr” button to place your song structure on the arrangement view. You now have a starting point for a full track. 

Create your own templates

Additional features

Song Sketch includes some additional features which give you even more flexibility when working with your song structure.

Multiple scenes

The multiple scenes feature enables you to use more than one version of a clip throughout the song. For instance, you can use different chord progressions in choruses and other sections.

Automation

Some Song Sketch arrangement templates include automation effects. Automation effects are example effects with the purpose to give a “preview” of your song idea.

Sketch Rack

A Sketch Rack is included in Song Sketch. It is a standard Ableton Live effect rack with some stock Ableton effects that are useful for arrangement purposes, such as filter and volume. The arrangement templates in Song Sketch can be set to control the knobs in the Sketch Rack and thereby automate effects in arrangements.

Accelerate learning

Song Sketch visualises arrangements and makes it easy to learn arrangement techniques used in different genres. Using and experimenting with different arrangements in Song Sketch will help you get up to speed with understanding various arrangement principles and tricks for different styles of music.

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Screenshots User Interface