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The Music Producer's Creative Guide to Ableton Live 11

By : Anna Lakatos
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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

Other new and updated effect devices in Live 11

Upon the release of Live 11, there was a wealth of new and updated devices.

Let’s discover these, starting with one of my personal favorites, Spectral Resonator.

Spectral Resonator

Spectral Resonator uses resonance and overtones to manipulate the tonal characteristics of the signal that it is applied to.

Figure 7.7 – The Spectral Resonator device

Figure 7.7 – The Spectral Resonator device

Spectral Resonator uses a spectrogram to display the affected frequencies. Let’s look at some of the settings of the device:

  • The Harmonics setting at the top right of the spectrogram creates a kind of filtering effect, by applying more or less harmonics to change the “brightness” of the sound.
  • We can also add modulation by selecting from Chorus, Wander, or Granular.
  • We can also change the fundamental frequency/pitch of the resonator by using the Freq knob.
  • We can adjust the Decay knob and damp high and...