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Category Archives: Sound Design

Improve your transitions with these 4 creative effects

Transitions between different sections of a track are key to its development, since they help the music flow when they’re properly executed, but certain arrangement and structure decisions can make this process a bit more complicated. Some people use sampled based effects from libraries, such as sweeps, risers, downlifters and so on, and they are …

What’s new in Ableton Live 11?

Aulart has great news for Ableton Live users: we will be having Live 11 very soon! Yes, you heard right. After 4 years from the release of Live 10, which already brought us wonderful new instruments and effects, such as the Wavetable synth or the Drum Buss, along with workflow interface improvements, in 2021 we …

Create a Snare in Ableton Live

Snare sounds are notoriously difficult to choose, and to fit into a mix, so why not create your own with total sonic flexibility? Using this simple tutorial you will be able to make your own synthesized snare drum which is totally flexible so that you can tweak it to suit your tracks.   How to …

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 …