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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

Looking into sidechaining techniques

Sidechaining lets you use one track to trigger an effect on another. You must have heard, for example, a “pumping sound” on a synth, where the volume of the track drops each time the kick drum hits. That is done with sidechain compression. There are other effects in Live that allow sidechaining too, and we will discover them in this section of the chapter.

Let’s start with sidechain compression.

Sidechaining with compressors

As you probably already know, compressors help to even out the dynamics of a sound, by reducing louder peaks and moving them closer to the quieter parts of the signal.

When applying sidechain compression, the compressor will reduce the volume of the sound each time the sidechain trigger (the other sound) plays.

To examine this effect, in this example, I set up a compressor on the track called SYNTH:

  1. I enabled the Sidechain section by using the toggle to the right button (Figure 7.19...