Ableton Live Tutorial: Working with Audio Effects – Step-by-Step 2

Martin Delaney concludes his step-by-step guide to working with audio effects in Ableton Live…

13: Create two Return tracks, adding one effect to each – Ping Pong Delay on A, and Reverb/Large Hall on B. Set their Dry/Wet controls to 100%. We’ll use the Sends to mix the levels instead.

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14: Set the keyboard and vocal track sends A to around 3 o’clock and 12 o’clock respectively. You can see the dB values displayed in the status bar at the bottom of the screen.

15: Send the tracks to the reverb effect on Send B. Try it like this: drums -19 dB, percussion -9, bass -53, keys -9, voice -9. Set the percussion A Send to -10 dB while you’re there.

16: The final location to add effects is the Master Track; again, we might be using practical effects like compressors and limiters or more obvious types of effect, like filters, and disruptive time effects.

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17: Let’s add Beat Repeat, set like this: Interval 1/4, Grid 1/16, Variation 5, Pitch -12, Pitch Delay 100%, turn on Ins. Practice turning it on and off; you won’t want this on continuously.

18: As a practical thing: add the Multiband Dynamics preset ‘Multiband Compression’. This will make your track sound shinier, beefier, and louder. If your levels are going red, add the Limiter/Upper Ceiling preset after it.

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