CONTINUE TO PREPARE TO MORPH!

If you followed along with yesterday’s tip, you should have a pretty good idea of how Chain Selector is used to switch between chains in a rack. If you play with the zones a little more, you’ll also discover that they can be elongated by dragging the edges. Anywhere the zones overlap, both rack chains […]

MORPHING FILTER

The morphing filter that I’ve been referring to over the last couple of days consists of three chains: a high pass filter, a band pass filter and then another high pass filter. The zones are set up like this: The first high pass filter quickly crossfades into the band pass, then a slower fade into […]

RACK SWAP

It never totally made sense to me that Live lets you “swap” a rack using the hot-swap button. Since racks contain other devices, it always seemed a bit odd. I thought of swapping as traditional preset loading: once you’ve picked the device, you can try out some presets for it. Swapping out a rack means […]

DRAG AND SWAP

If you’ve gotten into using a Sounds Project¬†or a non-library location for storing your presets, you may have found that using hot-swap is not entirely smooth because Live directs the browser to the default preset location, leaving you to locate your custom preset folder manually. ¬†That’s why I drag and drop instead. To replace a […]

MAPPING THE ACTIVATOR

Hey folks! Sitting in a cafe in Austin having partly recovered from an incredible weekend. Bassnectar show was really special – totally sold out, great energy crowd, and our set seemed to go over pretty darn well. Haj and I then headed over the Barcelona club to play a late night set for the afterparty […]

SIMPLE WET/DRY RACK

When I produce tracks these days, my sets are chock full of Racks. The number one reason I find myself using them so much is for Wet/Dry control. For example, I’ll often use the Redux effect but want to be able to blend the original signal in with the sample-rate reduced signal. The process looks […]

SIMPLE WET/DRY RACK, pt. 2

Not only do I find myself using Racks to add wet/dry control to devices that don’t have it, I’m often using it to manually control the wet/dry balance with devices that have a built-in control to handle this. The problem is that, in many cases, the Dry/Wet knob doesn’t do what I want it to […]

THE GO-ANYWHERE VOLUME CONTROL

Hello from Montreal! Banging out a couple of tips at the hotel (finally all caught up!), then it’s off to get my Mutek started with Mouse on Mars and Nathan Fake. Sweet. So: One problem with using a wet/dry rack to host a Ping Pong Delay is that you can’t control the level going into […]

DJ EQ: TAREKITH’S TAKE

So, today I downloaded Tarekith’s DJ racks. He’s been at this a good long while, and gives out all sorts of good information on the Ableton forums, but I had never checked out his racks. Well, lo and behold there is a DJ EQ in there, conceptually very similar to what I’ve been talking about […]

MIDI FILTRATION

If you get deeper into generating parts through creative randomization, you’ll find yourself sometimes wondering how to get rid of certain nasty notes. There are all sorts of techniques for taking parts that have been generated through random, or strange improvisational techniques and turning them into musically coherent material. We’ve already discussed one of the […]