I've had my Mustang I for just about a year, and during this time I was moving and didn't have my primary PC where I could install the Ableton Live Lite 8 Fender Edition recording software. Yesterday I finally had time (and found the Mustang DVD) to install the program and now want to share some tips with future users.
First thing is that Live has two views, Arrangement View & Session View (SV), it's in Arrangement View (AV) where you first want to start to record. In AV you can also view the browsers that list effects and plug-ins.
I always start off with a drum pattern, Live has quite a few drums patterns, here I chose 'Kit - Largen' in AV,
But I found that you have to be in SV to select all the elements of the drums to be played
. I 'dragged' the drum loop to make a 3 min recording.
Next I recorded a simple rhythm guitar vamp using AmpliTube Fender LE plug-in
I want to note that I used a Cakewalk UA-4FC USB external audio capture device, I have the UA-4FC selected in the hardware config as the audio-in/out. I also want to note that the you must arm the track (by pressing the icon, see pic) in order to hear what you're playing.
Next I recorded a bass track using my Fender Squier P-Bass and a bass effect plug-in Live
I want to note that you must drag any plug-in or effects into the Audio Effects at the bottom of the recording grid.
Next I recorded a lead guitar using my Mustang, here you have to select the Mustang as the audio input, and in my case, the UA-4FX as the audio output.
You must also have to select Fender ASIO as the audio device. But, I found that the Mustang's input levels were really low. I had to lower the track volumes on the other track in order to hear the Mustang. If someone has a answer about this, please post here.
Next I added a couple of synth tracks using my Axiom 25 USB keyboard MIDI controller. At first I have Live open, and it didn't 'see' my Axiom 25 as a source. I finally remembered that even using Reaper, that I had to have the Axiom connected, and turned on first, than open the DAW software.
After I did this Live 'saw' the Axiom as a external device, and I was able to play the soft-synths plug-ins
I may later render the tracks, and upload later, but this was mainly a test, and to learn Live. I hope this post helps someone to record.