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The Music Producer's Creative Guide to Ableton Live 11

By : Anna Lakatos
Book Image

The Music Producer's Creative Guide to Ableton Live 11

By: Anna Lakatos

Overview of this book

The Music Producer's Guide to Ableton Live will help you sharpen your production skills and gain a deeper understanding of the Live workflow. If you are a music maker working with other digital audios workstations (DAWs) or experienced in Ableton Live, perhaps earlier versions, you’ll be able to put your newfound knowledge to use right away with this book. You’ll start with some basic features and workflows that are more suitable for producers from another DAW looking to transfer their skills to Ableton Live 11.2. As you explore the Live concept, you’ll learn to create expressive music using Groove and MIDI effects and demystify Live 11’s new workflow improvements, such as Note Chance and Velocity Randomization. The book then introduces the Scale Mode, MIDI Transform tools, and other key features that can make composition and coming up with melodic elements easier than ever before. It will also guide you in implementing Live 11's new and updated effects into your current workflow. By the end of this Ableton Live book, you’ll be able to implement advanced production and workflow techniques and amplify live performance capabilities with what the Live 11 workflow has to offer.
Table of Contents (23 chapters)
Part 1: The Live Concept and Workflow
Part 2: Creative Music Production Techniques with Ableton Live 11
Part 3: Deep Dive into Ableton Live

Split-band processing in Live

The idea here is to take a sound with a fairly wide frequency range and process the frequency bands separately and accordingly.

Let’s take as an example a fat Reese bass. Since it is a bass sound, it is obviously heavy in low frequencies, but these basses are also really rich in the mid-range.

You might also want this bass to sound super huge and spacey, but we know that we can’t really have a bass stereo, nor have reverb on it; otherwise, it will muddy up our entire mix.

Well, this is where splitting this bass into two by frequency ranges and processing them differently can get you that big fat spacey sound that you are looking for without mudding up your mix.

Let me show you how it is done in Live using Audio Effect Rack. You can use the Chapter 16 project file to follow along:

  1. Create or pick the bass sound you desire in Live. (In the Chapter 16 project, we are working with the track called Reese Split Bass.)
  2. Drop...