The One Minute Tip: Sound Design, Melody, & Workflow

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The One Minute Tip

With Matt Donner

Pyramind mentor Matt shares insight on quick work arounds and sound design tip that will make you life easier as a producer in Ableton Live.

Looking to speed up your Ableton Live workflow?  Staying in the session view during creative time can shave lots of time from going back-and-forth between the Session and Arrange views.  While the Session view doesn’t allow for audio editing, you can achieve similar effects by automating the clip itself - especially if you’re not re-ordering the audio pieces!

Here are two tips to help speed up your Ableton Live Workflow through automation in the Session view - and avoid going back and forth between the two windows!


Clip Based Automation

In this On Minute Tip, Matt uses Clip-Based volume Automation to remove unwanted parts of the sound. by doing so, a repetitive 4-bar loop become 2x 2-bar loops where silence is playing in between. With clip-based automation, the effect is “on the clip” and if you copy / paste the clip elsewhere in the Session view, the volume controls move with it. Also note that this does not affect the volume of the fader on the track.

Hint hint…:)


Mixer Based Automation

In this On Minute Tip, Matt uses Mixer-Based Automation to automate both the volume in between kick and snare hits AND a delay on a snare which gives the drums some depth. This both simplifies the sound by removing extra hi-hats and allows the effects to “bloom” at the end of the clip.

This move is mixer-based so it’ll affect ALL the clips on the track. Be careful with this one - you might only want to use this pre-resampling as the automation on the mixer might not be what you want all the time!

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