Regions can be split evenly, with a value between 2 and 64, or inserted and repositioned manually. Swapping slices of similar length is a quick way to rearrange percussion loops, and it often works well with pitched material. Live's transient-detection scheme is quite good at separating percussive events and placing the transient markers at the true beginning of an event rather than somewhere inside its onset transient. Default Presets for Live Devices Madeleine Bloom is an Ableton Certified Trainer, musician, producer, multi-instrumentalist and singer from Berlin. He showed us how he makes a track, and we were impressed and surprised by how he does it. My personal taste here is not to add too many effects, but there are no rules. We can remedy this by warping it, so click the Warp button on the right.
Transient markers appear on the audio waveform to show that it's been sliced. You can filter the genres available in this format on the left side of the page below, and you can also sort by release date and rating. Whatever file type and resolution you choose, Live extracts the slices between the clip's start and end markers or within the loop braces if clip looping is activated and installs them in an instrument determined by the preset. Choose 0 if you don't want velocity to affect the volume, i. These Ableton Live Presets are all available as instant download for maximum convenience. Each Simpler's start and end markers delineate a separate slice within the full audio clip. In 2012 she started Sonic Bloom and has since helped countless people on all continents with their music productions and live performances.
Retriggering is often easier than fiddling with the loop boundaries. Buzzer — Allows you to give your loop slices a Glitch-like, industrial type of sound by incorporating a Buzz and filter into the macro controls. Launch the clip and you should hear the same beat as in the original sample. Obviously, what sounds good will depend entirely on your original source material. I always warp the file and then go transient mark to transient mark and create warp markers where I want to chop it.
Simplicity is the key to a good hip-hop groove. Double click on your chosen swing preset to apply it to the clip. Our source beat is very straight, being programmed in the first place, so it slices easily. It makes use of pitch shifting, gating and some bit distortion. Our slice is highlighted in green, and as you can see there is some dead space in front of the slice before that next sound is triggered. Watch the movie to see him in action.
The simplest preset, called 'Built-in', gives you a Drum Rack with a separate chain for each slice. You can just rock out anything on a few synths, make a small beatless songs. Configure that as the first, but use an odd number of regions. It is outside of the scope of this article, but I do recommend investigating these two options further as some very powerful options lie within. I updated it for my own needs and I think you can still find it quite useful.
You can save the rack as an instrument preset. As such basslines and non-drum musical content is often given the same slice-remix-quantize-groove treatment as the drums. Longer attack times create noticeable fade-ins each time a sample is triggered, and lowering the release will make each sample decay fade out , after the key or pad is released, for the set amount of time. Take a listen and decide for yourself. I skew towards using field recordings and machine noises, but try it with whatever you have available. This can be useful for generating new rhythmic ideas, and programming beats with an old school hip-hop or jungle feel.
Working together Enjoy the hardware vibe of Push, and the flexibility of software from Simpler. Try that with the Built-in preset and insert an arpeggiator before the resulting Drum Rack. Bring the decay down, turn the buzz up and throw on a beat repeat for Glitch heaven. As mentioned, slicing with a Drum Rack preset duplicates the chain in the preset Drum Rack for each slice, so the preset's macro-knob assignments apply to each chain. Transpose is essentially a coarse measurement in semitones from -12 to +12. The notes and Arpeggiator are triggering both chains at once, and you should be hearing different sounds and rhythms in each ear. He has an unusual technique for beatmaking which is extremely fast and fluid.
This is also nice to making random sounds for your pads to then reuse in production. Instantly Turn Any Drum Loop Into a Drum Kit If you caught our article on How To Build Your Own Drum Sample Library then you know that bouncing down one-shot samples from a drum loop and archiving those samples can take some time and perseverance — not to mention the fact that you still have to load and organize them into your sampler. Try to map it to volume, filter cutoff, pitch, wavetable position, pan or anything else you can think of. Select Slice Mode, now only C1 triggers it. Here is a quick video from our Instagram for tons more Ableton exclusive tips and tricks showing off the new Shaper device. Slicing audio is a vital part of the sampling workflow. Sliced beats are automatically installed into a new drum rack, with convenient macro controls preconfigured and ready to use — as always, macros are most handy for use with hardware controllers, including Push.