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Ableton Live: Using Performance Effects | Tips & Tricks | Berklee Online | Music Production


(techno music) – Hey, in this video we’re gonna
talk about creating effects for our tracks that we’re working on. And right now we’ve got
our gravitational sounds from the previous videos and also some nicely
realistic program drums. And we’re gonna add in some music. (electronic beats) So we want to put some effects on this to make the performance more interesting, so what I’m gonna do, is I’m
gonna go into our browser and get an Audio Effect Rack, and I’m gonna put it on the
Master Track right here. I like to keep a limiter
on the Master Track just so that I don’t have any
clipping while I’m performing. Go to Audio Effect Rack. So, something I like to do
is create a low pass filter for all my tracks so that I
can kind of dull things out. And I’ve done that by
dropping in Auto Filter on our Audio Effect Rack. (electronic beats) We’ve
got control over our filter, and I’ll just play the track. (electronic beats) So we’re cutting out
all the high frequencies with this control. (electronic beats) Now if you’re in a live performance
it can be kind of tricky to navigate to this particular nob and then put this effect on, so we’re gonna do something
that will save us a lot of time, make it a lot easier, which
is map this frequency control to our Macro in our Audio Effect Rack. So if we just right click
on that frequency nob, we get Map to Macro One. I’m gonna select that. And now we have control over that filter, using this macro control. (electronic beats) Alright, I’m gonna turn
the resonance up just a tad so we can hear that a little more. Now one of the nice things
about Audio Effect Racks is that we can add more than one
effect onto a single control. So, I’m gonna grab a Reverb and put it right after our Auto Filter and it’ll sound like this. (electronic beats) Now we don’t want our Reverb
playing the entire time. I just want it to come on
when our Auto Filter’s engaged with our Low Pass Filter. So I’m gonna go click on
the Dry/Wet nob for this, and also map that to our first Macro nob, which I’ve named Low Pass. And now what happens is that
Dry/Wet control over here is moving with the Macro nob. Now I don’t want it to be at 100% when the nob is all the way to the right, when the filter is completely closed, so I’m gonna go click on Map,
and I can change the Dry/Wet and invert these values so
that when the Low Pass control is the way to the right and
the filter’s completely open, there’s no Reverb but as I move it down, we introduce Reverb, and
that will sound like this. (electronic beats) So we’re getting some Reverb
as well as the filtering. What I might even do is I’m
gonna take the decay time on the Reverb and I’m also
gonna map that to Macro One, and I’m gonna have this
again also inverted so that we start out
with a very short Reverb, and then we get to something much longer. Maybe not 60 seconds, we’ll
make it about 15 seconds. And this is what that will sound like. (electronic beats) That’s a great way to kind
of wash out your tracks and create this nice kind
of moving away feeling, as if you’re leaving the building where the music is coming from. I’m gonna do something similar. I’m gonna create, now, a High Pass Filter. I’m gonna go with our Auto Filter again and put this right after our Reverb and I’m gonna change the filter
from Low Pass to High Pass. And I’m gonna open that all the way. And I’m going to map the filter
frequency to Macro Two now. Let’s minimize our Reverb
and our Low Pass Filter. So now as I turn this control, I’m removing the low frequency,
so this sounds like this. (electronic beats) It’s basically the same
effect, just in reverse. I’m gonna rename that High Pass. And I’m also going to throw
in another effect for fun. We’re gonna throw in the Ping Pong Delay right after the High Pass Filter. And I’m gonna map the Dry/Wet
of the Ping Pong Delay to the High Pass Control. And what we get here, now you’ll see that my High Pass Filter is closing,
and my delay is opening. It sounds like this. (electronic beats) So we’ve washed out the sound and we’ve got this nice delay going on. (electronic beats) And now we’ve got easy
access with our controller if we need to filter something
out, I have the Reverb. We’ve got that control right here. Or we got our High Pass Right here. And this is a lot easier than
digging inside all of these separate devices and you
can’t turn two nobs at once. So this is a way to make your effects very accessible for your performances.

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3 thoughts on “Ableton Live: Using Performance Effects | Tips & Tricks | Berklee Online | Music Production

  1. Excellent tip. Many thanks. I notice that you also have a Bit Crush Chorus in you rack. Any chance you could tell us what you've used to create this..?

  2. ahahaha! "As is you're leaving the building where the music is coming from", lol.. Brilliant video, mate! Found it super useful and explanatory!

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