How to use Ableton Live’s Collision to design unique resonant sounds

Gain a better understanding of Live's acoustic modelling instrument in this week's Ableton Live Tutorial.

Collision isn’t often a producer’s go-to instrument. Unlike the other synthesizers and samplers in the DAW, Ableton Live’s acoustic modelling device focuses on the resonance of certain objects such as tubes and mallets. Once you get familiar with its properties, you can craft a vast range of idiosyncratic sounds.

In this Ableton Live tutorial, Liam O’Mullane shows you how to use Collision. You’ll learn how the acoustic modelling device can create interesting sounds using its activators and two Resonator chambers. Liam helps you better understand how the various parameters within Collision affect the overall tone and how the LFO and MIDI sections can modulate the sound with ease.

Other lessons in our Ableton Live Tutorials series so far include:

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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.

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