How To Apply Groove Files In Ableton Live To Get Different Vibes

Grooves can be used to change the feel of any part, and they're quick and easy to work with. AfroDJMac shows you how in this short video.  

Grooves in Ableton Live are a fantastic way to add different kinds of feel to your tracks, be it a touch of shuffle or something much more intense. In this three minute video from the course Ableton Live FastTrack 202 : Live’s Groove Pool, Live expert Brian Funk shows you how to quickly audition groove files in the browser to get an idea of how they’re going to sound, then drag and drop them onto your clips to apply the changes.  

Brian experiments with different kind of groove styles to show you how they can radically change the feel of a part, then shows you how to use the Clip Properties box to apply grooves to any part, in addition to dragging and dropping from the browser. You can even hot swap groove presets to save more time! Check out the rest of the course to learn all the secrets of Live’s groove tools. 

Watch the complete video course by AfroDjMac on Ableton Live's Groove Pool here

Ableton Live FastTrack 202 : Live’s Groove Pool

Ableton performer Brian Funk explains what grooves really are and why you need to know about them. You learn where they reside within Ableton Live’s library structure and how to quickly get to them, save them and organize them. Next, Brian shows the different ways to apply and commit grooves to tracks in your projects. You learn how to edit grooves and how and why to use different grooves for different voices. You even learn how to make a stiff, robotic, mechanized beat sound more human. 

Know a tune with a really killer groove? Want YOUR track to groove like THAT track? No problem! Using real-life examples, Brian shows you how to “extract” grooves from any audio sample and masterfully apply them to your own tracks using the Groove Pool. 

So get your Ableton Live groove on by watching this course!

Watch the complete video course by AfroDjMac on Ableton Live's Groove Pool here


Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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