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EXPLORING CONNECTIVITY: PART 1 IN ABLETON LIVE

Unless you really want to be a musical hermit, you’ll eventually need to add other gear to your setup. We’ve seen this first-hand and know how daunting it can be initially, but we’ve also seen how quickly people get over the hump, adding more components to their studio or performance setup, with Live at the centre.

You’ll need headphones, monitors, an audio interface and a MIDI controller. Basic studio monitors (speakers) are important, but they don’t have to be big or expensive — there are plenty of affordable options out there. Don’t even think about using hi-fi speakers or bluetooth speakers. The first are designed to flatter and glamourise music (we need the brutal truth when mixing), while Bluetooth speakers are nearly always low-quality. The worst aspect of recording with Bluetooth is latency (a small lag between when you press ‘play’ and when you actually hear some

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