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Working with audio effects

Things can sound a bit dry without audio effects. For stage or studio, Martin Delaney shows you how to add some ear candy to your Live projects…

Ableton Live The Ultimate Guide to Ableton Live Part 7

You are probably at the stage where you have recorded or used audio in Live. In this series we specifically use a voice sample to use in our project. That’s the last clip element we’ll be adding; in this tutorial we’ll add some audio effects to our audio and MIDI tracks, return tracks, and the Master Track itself. Don’t worry if you don’t have the last tutorial as you can make sure you’re using the latest version of our example set included on the cover disc.

When it comes to browsing and loading devices, it pays to be keyboard-friendly. Sure you can mouse around, but it’s faster to use your computer Arrow keys. Inside the Browser, Left and Right Arrows move between columns, while Up and Down will scroll, obviously, up and down through the listed items. If you’re on a folder in the right-hand column, a Right-Arrow will open the folder so you can keep moving down through its contents, while a Left-Arrow will close the folder. When you’re on a device or a preset, tapping the Enter key will load it into the currently selected track. When you load an effect name, like Auto Filter, you’re loading the default settings for that effect device (actually that’s true of all Ableton devices), and when you go below that effect name in the Browser, inside what appears to be a folder, and load something like ‘Cut-O-Move H’ or ‘Elastic Band’, you’re loading a preset for the relevant device. There’s also the Hot Swap button on each device - the little circle next to the Save File button. Click that to jump straight to the relevant Browser section for your current device, and remember to use the Arrow keys to navigate and load fast. Your saved presets go directly into the relevant category in your Library, although you are free to move these and create new folders to contain them.

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