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Want to use a drone pad to help with transitions? Learn how to easily transition between songs and keys in Arrangement View using drone pads.

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Using a drone pad is a great way to add ambience to a track. When I’m producing a song, I add some sort of looping drone pad in almost every song. When you’re on stage-using a drone pad can be a great way to help transition between songs or make awkward key changes, a little less awkward. Using a drone pad behind a piano can suddenly transform a moment and take it to another level.

For years I’ve seen people struggle with how to implement this in a live scenario when they’re running tracks in Arrangement View. They either use another device running pads, come up with crazy plans to trigger clips in session view while they’re tracks are playing, or worse yet run drone pads from MainStage !!! :)

There’s a much better way my friends.

Using a drum rack, a reverb and a few programming tricks, you can create a flexible and powerful solution for playing audio drone pads in Arrangement View. Use it to fill out space, help with transitions, or use it as a way to navigate those trick key changes-again… all within arrangement view. You can even set up a small 25 key controller to be your “pad trigger” and keep your MIDI controller dedicated to playing keys.

Because I know you’ll ask:
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Still reading?? Well if so then odds are high that you want to learn more about performing on stage with Ableton Live. There’s not a lot of places to learn how to do that. You can chat with you’re friend down the street and try and implement their solution. But is it the “best” way? You can watch tutorials online, but what support do you have? Plus-how do you know that the teacher has experience and knows what they’re talking about?

Well, if you’re interested in learning how to use Ableton Live on stage, I’d encourage you to check out the From Studio to Stage site ( You’ll get access to a new course every week (yes…every week), you’ll get access to a monthly webinar just for subscribers, and access to a private Facebook group, just for subscribers. You can start a 7-day free trial to see what it’s all about. We’d love to have you there!

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