How to Jump to the Beginning of a Song in Ableton

Written by seamus islwyn
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Ableton's Live digital audio workstation is one of the most intuitive and powerful programs you can use to create music. The program uses two distinct interface windows: "Session View," which allows you to trigger clips and scenes, and "Arrangement View," which shows the arrangement of the song in a linear layout. Somewhat surprisingly, the default Ableton hot key set doesn't include a hot key that jumps back to the beginning of a song. Fortunately, you can use Live's key-mapping function to configure one.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Double-click the Ableton Live icon on the desktop to launch the program. Click "File," then "Open." Navigate to the project that you're working on and double-click it to open.

  2. 2

    Press "Tab" to switch to Arrangement View, if it's not already open. Move the mouse pointer above the time line; a magnifying glass appears. Click and hold the mouse, then move the mouse upward until Ableton displays the entire song.

  3. 3

    Right-click inside the time line at the beginning of the song. Click "Add Locator." Type "Start" into the locator text box that appears, then press "Enter."

  4. 4

    Click the "KEY" button in the top-right corner of the Ableton window to enable the key map. Click on the locator that you added, then press the key you want to use to jump back to the beginning of the song. Click the "KEY" button again.

  5. 5

    Click the "Play" button to play the song. Press the assigned hot key at any point during playback to jump back to the beginning of the song.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have a MIDI keyboard connected, you can use the "MIDI" button to assign one of its keys to return to the beginning of the song.
  • You can also double-click the "Stop" button to return to the beginning of the song; this will, however, cause playback to stop.
  • Make sure the hot key that you assign doesn't already have a function assigned to it.

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