Opening up a synth for the first time can be a daunting experience. What do all those dials, sliders, graphs and buttons do? When you familiarise yourself with the features of a synth, they can be an incredibly powerful asset to you. Ableton Live boasts a few powerful synths, with Analog being the primary device for subtractive synthesis.
In this Ableton Live Tutorial video, Liam O’Mullane tells you everything you need to know about Live’s Analog device. You’ll learn the principles of subtractive synthesis, what each of Analog’s parameters is capable of, and how you can tailor presets to your taste. Better still, once you learn how Analog works, you can transfer this knowledge and operate every other subtractive synth on the planet.
Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:
- Using the Utility device
- Understanding Warp Modes
- Gating and sidechaining
- Creative Sidechaining
- Saving CPU
- Converting audio to MIDI
- Finding the root key of audio
- Understanding Reverb and Convolution Reverb
- Arpeggiator MIDI effect
- Hooking up MIDI controllers
- Using Cue Mode
- Drum Buss device
- Spectrum and EQ Eight analyser
Those of you who already know Live inside and out, but are looking to explore other DAWs may want to check out our Logic Tips Series, following a similar pattern to this course.