Live Clicks & Backing Tracks

Learn how to add live click tracks and backing tracks into your performances using Ableton Live.

20 Minutes
4 Sections

So you've just finished your new record, and you're ready to hit the road. How are you going to get all the parts and details from your new recordings into your live peformance? We have the solution! Using clicks and backing tracks in your live performances allows you to augment your shows with sounds from the studio and helps to keep the whole band together on stage.

Follow along as Alex Wilson, bassist and founding member of the band sleepmakeswaves, takes you through a setup in Ableton Live he's been using and perfecting for years on countless tours across the world. We take you through the best gear to use, how to organize your tracks in Live, how to setup your laptop rig, and much more! 

Alex Wilson

Bassist + Keyboardist, sleepmakeswaves

Alex is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Sydney, Australia. He founded the post-rock band sleepmakeswaves, with which he has toured Asia, America, Europe and Australia. In his spare time he writes music for short films, produces bands and subsists on altogether too much coffee.

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Course Outline

  1. Section 1


  2. Section 2

    Inside the Box

  3. Section 3

    Outside the Box

  4. Section 4

    Final Touches


Who Is This Course For? 

This course is for anyone who would like to use backing tracks or click tracks in their live performances and concerts. We focus specifically on Ableton Live as the recommended software for this approach, so you will get more out of it if you've used Ableton Live before and have a copy. 

What Can I Expect to Get From This Course? 

Students will learn everything related to creating a successful live setup, including how to set up a ‘laptop rig’ that includes a computer running Ableton, an external soundcard, a wireless transmitter, bodypacks, a passive DI box and an extra ‘drummer’s line’. We'll help you get your band working in perfect harmony with each other and whatever other tracks you might want to use!