Sweeping Effects and Doubling with Ableton’s Phaser-Flanger Device

The phaser and flanger in Ableton are among the most useful effects you can use in your track to add that psychedelic effect. These effects can add movement to boring hi-hats and they can make your guitars sound like they are flying through the sky like a jet plane.

There are a million different uses for these effects, but in most cases, they are great sound design tools. In this article we are going to talk about Ableton Lives amazing Phaser-Flanger stock plugin.

Authentic Piano Sounds From the Ableton Electric Device

One instrument commonly found in many types of music is the electric piano. Ableton Electric is an instrument device that emulates the sound of electric pianos. The device uses physical modeling produced with the help of Applied Acoustic Systems.

The electric piano is like the electric guitar it has a sound that is timeless and can be adapted to any genre. For the longest time, I was searching for a good electric piano plugin that doesn’t require Kontakt to be played. I wanted something synthesized and low on the CPU. When Ableton released Electric, it was almost like they heard my prayers.

In this article, we will talk all about the Ableton Live Electric plugin.

Everything You Need To Know About Ableton Instruments Collection

Ableton Live comes with many built-in instrument devices. From synthesizers to physical modeling, the native instrument devices in Ableton provide a wide variety of sound options.

This article is a guide that will teach you the very basics of each Ableton Instrument device. Inside each individual article, you will find a more in-depth walkthrough of all of the parameters of each Instrument Device.

We broke each instrument down into 5 categories: Synthesizers, Samplers, Drums, Physical Modelling, and Utilities.

Let’s get started!

Ableton Collision: Plucky Sounds Using Resonator Synthesis

Ableton Collision is a synthesizer that uses resonances to create mallet timbres. While there are many different synthesizers in the world. Many of them use already familiar methods of synthesis: additive, FM, subtractive, etc.

There is a form of synthesis that often gets overlooked. This form of synthesis uses resonant frequencies to create mallet sounds. Ableton Live has one of those synthesizers and it’s called Collision. In this article, we are diving deep into Collision.

Ableton Drum Synths: Stand Alone Drum Sound Generators

We’ve all been there. You browse your endless sample library for some knocking drums, but none of them fit the track you’re working on.

Even your favorite kick that you used a hundred times by now just doesn’t feel right.

If you’re like me you will open up the Ableton Live Drum Synths and start creating your own drum sounds. In this article, we are going to talk about the awesome drum synthesis instruments in Ableton Live.

Ableton Impulse: The Drum Machine You Didn’t Know You Had

Have you ever had an impulse to just slice up a drum loop and make a drum kit out of it in Ableton Live? Of course, you did! it’s an unavoidable part of producing music in a DAW.

The sheer fact that Ableton Live can transform any sound into a playable instrument makes you start to explore the endless possibilities of sampling. In that spirit, we got an impulse to talk about Ableton Lives drum sampler called “Impulse”.

An Introduction to Ableton Analog

You’ve heard it a million times “analog just sounds better” or “I only use analog synths”. Well, the devs at Ableton Live heard it too.

They knew analog wasn’t some magic that happens when you power up a hardware synth unit. “Analog” is a texture and like any texture, you can find it in Ableton Live. Today we are checking out Ableton Lives Analog soft synth.

How To Use Ableton Live’s Drum Rack

There is no better way to start a song than jamming out on a drum rack with your midi controller.

Drum racks are an essential tool in modern music production. They make life easier for producers and spark up the creative process. Every modern daw has its own version of a drum rack, but we are going to talk about the Ableton Live drum rack.

Sampling In Ableton: Learn How To Sample As The Pros Do

Back in the 80s when people thought of sampling they imagined the Fairlight CMI. Back in the 90s people when people thought of sampling they imagined the Akai MPC. Today when people think of sampling they imagine Ableton Live and it’s no surprise when this daw has two sampler instruments! In this article, we are going to dive deep into the sampling powerhouse that is Ableton Live.

What Is Sampling?

Sampling is a modern art form in which the artist uses a sampler as their instrument to write music. Samplers are modern instruments much like synthesizers. Most of the time they look alike, but the big difference between these two instruments is that samplers don’t generate sound by themselves. Samplers need a source of sound and require you to provide them with an audio recording. That recording can be anything, a guitar, full song, foley… you can feed any type of recording into the sampler and play it back as if it was some kind of synth patch or drum kit.

Today every daw has its own sampler. Even your phone has sampler apps! So to be part of this art form is as simple as downloading a daw or an app or you can go old-school and buy a hardware sampler.