I'm coming from FL Studio, where you create "Patterns" (similar to clips) to drop into the "Playlist" (arrangement) view.

In FL Studio, if you modify the notes in a pattern, all instances of that pattern—wherever they may be throughout the song—get modified too. To circumvent that, e.g. to make a one-off modification like a drum fill, you'd have to create a new pattern. (And there's a Make Unique feature that converts an instance into its own pattern.)

In Ableton though, it seems that clips I drag from the clips view into the arrangement view are completely "orphaned" from their source. In fact even duplicated clips in the arrangement view do not seem to have any relation to one another. The arrangement view in Ableton feels more like a canvas you have to repaint all over if you decide to change a clip.

I don't have a problem with that—in fact I like it. My question is about whether the following workflow is correct or there's a better way:

  1. I create a drum loop in the clips view.
  2. I drag it over into the arrangement view.
  3. I duplicate it 16 times, let's say.
  4. Oops, I want to change the velocity on one of the Tom hits.
  5. I go back to the clip and edit that velocity.
  6. I drag it over again.
  7. I duplicate it 16 times again.

It feels like a lot of work to edit the velocity on a single Tom hit. Is that just because I'm coming from a different paradigm in FL Studio? Or am I missing a better workflow?

Side Question: Am I correct to understand the clips view as a collection of clip "templates"?

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