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Category Archives: Sound Design

Understanding Amplitude and Filter Envelopes

Most synthesizers have envelopes with four sections or stages, called attack, decay, sustain, and release. You’ll often see these abbreviated as ADSR. You don’t hear the envelope directly — the synth uses the envelope’s shape to determine how one or more other aspects of the sound change over time. The envelope then modifies different parameters …

Inline Sidechain Effects – Ableton Live advanced tips

Sidechain compression is a topic most producers know:  for example sidechaining a kick against a bass. However, you can sidechain for other effects too.  How about an inline side-chained distortion on a kick’s reverb? These sidechain secrets help you create amazing unusual sounds. Get weird deep evolving sounds,  kick drums, and self-sidechaining snares. Check it …

Oscillator Waveforms: Types and Uses – PART I

INTRODUCTION   The other day, one of our Aulart students asked us a very interesting question: What wavesound should be used when creating different synth instruments? (leads, pads, basses, atmospheric sounds, plucks, etc)  We are sure that many of us would love to have a clear guidance on what kind of waveform to start with …

Creating Disco and Funk style claps

Disco or funk claps are a distinctive sound of a group of people in a studio. Think of the intro to Car Wash by Rose Royce and you’ll know that it’s a great dance floor motivator, a human percussive sound which is very different to the tight drum machine claps of house. Here’s how to …

Create a 909 Dark Techno Pattern

Today we are going to be creating a very dark rhythm pattern with the standard drum rack 909 Core Kit. You will be able to just edit it step by step following the indications after loading the kit in a current version of Ableton Live, without the need to look for other specific samples.   …

What is a LFO and how to use it

Do you recognize this vibrato? This effect has been created by an LFO and in this article you will see how. We will explain what a LFO is and will give you examples of how to use it with different synthesizers so you can eventually make it work in any.    What is a LFO? …

Analog Lead synths with Ableton’s Operator

Analog lead-synth sounds have an organic evocative and expressive quality which makes them great for creating emotive riffs. Here’s how to make an analog-style flute-synth lead in Ableton’s Operator! Here’s the sound we are going to make. The sound of an analog synth There are several key components to the sound of an analogue synth …

MS20 style bass in Ableton’s Wavetable

The MS20 makes excellent raw and dirty sounds including a unique rich analogue bass patch. Ableton’s Wavetable may not seem like the immediately obvious synth to recreate this fat sound but it’s actually perfect for it. So lets make one now. This is the sound we will be making and for fun I’ve made a …

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