Super tip to find your sounds based on your heart and emotion. Use the first feeling that comes up in your mind when you hear a sound: love, dreaming, stinky, crystal, red, …
Need of some inspiration. Want to have immediate access to live audio effects on your session view. Use Dummy Audio Clips. Here is how:
- Create an Audio Track in Session View
- Record any short clip of audio.
- Set the Audio Track Monitor feature to “In” and route all the other session view tracks you want the effect to trigger on to the DUMMY audio track.
- Put the volume of the audio clip to zero by opening up the clip (double click on it and select Envelope and set volume to zero.
- Add an audio effect rack on the audio track.
- Add various effects in the audio effect rack
- Select “chain” in the audio effect rack and give each effect in the device a chain number.
- Copy paste the dummy audio clip as much as you want in the audio track session view
- Open every dummy clip, select the envelope and set automation on the envelope to trigger the “chain” number of the audio effect you want to use for each live effect.
Play the session tracks and trigger the dummy audio clips to activate the effect.
- Use follow actions to go after each dummy effect played back to a dry mode.
- Select various drum loops and send them through the dummy effects:
- Set follow actions Any on the drum loops with legato on (so that the drum clips when triggered continue on the bars being played instead of each time going to one again).
- Set the follow actions on the dummy audio clips.
- Record the outcome as new wonderfull beats.
- Additional tip:
- Copy paste the drum clips and set them with a transpose higher and lower to trigger as any as well. New beats gallore.
Several ways to creatively use Reverb. Perfect for Trance-like riffs
Long Filtered Reverb
This one is great for vocal riffs or trance lead riffs. Works well on melodies.
- Put a very long reverb on the sound in the track. Make it longer than you usually would use.
- Send the output of the track to a Return Track.
- Put on the Return Track an AutoFilter (Resonant Filter)
- Program the AutoFilter to move slightly automatically
Layering Multiple Effects with Reverb
This one can be used to add some alternative background sound to beats or other instruments.
- Put a reverb on a Return Track to which you will send your sound
- Put a delay on which an LFO slightly moves the filter of the delay.
- In Ableton Live use a Simple Delay and put in front the Max for Live Audio Effect LFO.amxd. Map the Frequency to the LFO
- Put a phaser or flanger after the delay
- Put an AutoFilter to filter out the bassy notes by using a low-pass filter
Alternatively render the Return Track to audio and put it as audio track next to your original sound and mix it in. Apply some gentle compression to make the dynamics of that reverbed sound louder.
Something that can be used as ambient sound is to put the size, decay of the reverb to its full maximum, like if the reverb is kept frozen.
Then send some of your track’s sound to the Frozen Reverb Return Track to create some atmosphere.
Put some additional effects after the frozen reverb for some extra creativity.
If you bounce the frozen reverb you can create a new Synth Pad sound from it. Put some effects on it like phaser or tremolo to make it a new sound.
Create a Rhythmix Gated Reverb
For some groovy reverb in a track to add a bit of “schwungg”.
- Put a Compressor after the Reverb
- Sidechain it with input a basic Kickdrum for example (4 x 4 kickdrum)
- This will duck the reverb on every beat and create a rhytmic reverb
Dynamic Reverb Return
Heavy reverbs with long decay time and size can sound amazing but difficult in a mix.
- Process a vocal with heavy reverb
- Insert a sidechain compressor after the reverb and feed its input with the vocal.
- The reverb will now duck when the vocal is playing and come back when there is space.
Rare! Finaly an inside look in Jean-Michel Jarre’s studio explaining how he worked on his latest Electronica album.
Check out at the end how he used a tape machine to create a fantastic beat!
Learning for me:
How to create the typical string sound of Jean-Michel Jarre:
- Take a really simple synth string sound (preferably from an old analogue synth)
- Send the synth sound through a mono channel and pan it completely to the right
- Send the synth sound as well on a delay channel and leave it in stereo.
- Makes both together to get that nice typical Jarre sound.
If you want to get the above as an Audio Effect in Ableton, feel free to contact me. I’ll be glad to send it to you for free.