Ableton Live 6 - Have it your way with Live’s mixer
Objective: Configure Live 6’s Session View mixer to your specific needs. Background: In version 6, Ableton made the Session View mixer far more configurable, as well as capable of showing more information about a channel. As this configurability can take up more screen space if used to the fullest, Live includes several customization options.
To change channel width, click on the line to the right of the track name; the cursor turns into a bracket. Drag left to decrease width, right to increase. To change channel height, click on the splitter line above an audio channel’s fader (or a MIDI channel’s meter). The cursor turns into a double arrow. Drag up to raise the height, drag down to lower. When set to its narrowest width and height (as shown), all you see is a short fader and three buttons (channel active/inactive, solo, and record).
Making the channel strip one step “wider” reveals the pan control (the numeric field to the fader’s left).
Widening the channel strip further shows a channel peak indicator, which turns chartreuse to indicate when an overload has occurred. Click on the overload indicator to reset it.
Dragging the channel to its maximum height extends the height of the fader and meter — good for precise level adjustments.
Increasing a channel’s width after increasing its height shows a numeric value in the peak indicator. This indicates how much the track’s highest peak is above, or below, 0. Also, a rectangular field opens up to show a numeric value for the fader setting.
Widening the channel even more turns the pan field into a knob; rotating the knob displays its numeric value in the lower left part of the status bar.
Extending the width further shows meter/fader calibrations.
Use the buttons toward the mixer’s lower right to show/hide various sections (sends, delay, crossfader, etc.).
The narrow width in step 1 allows parsing level/pan settings quickly, and lets you fit lots of tracks on the screen.
Changing width also affects the send controls. With a strip at its narrowest, the send controls aren’t visible. Increasing the width shows the sends as fields with numericals, and increasing further turns the fields into controls.
When the overload indicator circle is white, the signal has not gone above 0 for that channel since playback began.