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Tweaking the parameters of Simpler

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Video: Tweaking the parameters of Simpler

Setting the sample start in at loop points of the sample and simpler is just the first step in preparing the sample for sequencing. Let's take a look at how the filter in LFO parameters can be used to modify the sample in Real Time to create a more interesting sound. I've got a very plain base sound setup on this first track, let me Record Enable that. Let me just hit a key so you can hear what that sounds like. (audio playing). Just a Sawtooth wave, very basic, an nothing has been done to shape that. So I'm going to start off by coming down here and, clicking on the filter, an when I did that you saw a number of parameters light up. One of the things that I can set here is the filter type. So if I click on that, you'll see that we have the typical Low-pass, Band-pass, High-pass and Notch filters.

Tweaking the parameters of Simpler

Setting the sample start in at loop points of the sample and simpler is just the first step in preparing the sample for sequencing. Let's take a look at how the filter in LFO parameters can be used to modify the sample in Real Time to create a more interesting sound. I've got a very plain base sound setup on this first track, let me Record Enable that. Let me just hit a key so you can hear what that sounds like. (audio playing). Just a Sawtooth wave, very basic, an nothing has been done to shape that. So I'm going to start off by coming down here and, clicking on the filter, an when I did that you saw a number of parameters light up. One of the things that I can set here is the filter type. So if I click on that, you'll see that we have the typical Low-pass, Band-pass, High-pass and Notch filters.

I'm going to leave that on the low pass 12 and that means that the slope set past the cut off frequency is sloping at 12db per octave. Now I'm going to hold the note down and I'm going to dial the cut off frequency. And as I dial that lower you'll hear it actually start to carve in and eliminate kind of the high end. (audio playing). I'll leave that around 2 kilohertz. Then I'm going to dial in some resonance. Now that is going to accentuate or amplify those frequencies around the cutoff frequency. And it'll give us a little bit more of an interesting dynamic effect. (audio playing).

I kind of like the hollowness that I get around around about 2 on that setting. Now, by itself, you might say, well, all you've done so far is kind of make it sound a little bit darker. But what I want it to do is I actually want that filter to open and close a little bit as we play notes. One of the ways that I can do that is by dialing in some velocity. Meaning that how hard I strike the key is actually going to modulate that cut off frequency to open up and shut down a but. Let's try that, I'm going to set that all the way up to 100% so we can hear what it sounds like.

(audio playing). So you can hear that opening more and more and more as I strike the key harder. Let me pull that back a bit and, I'm also going to modulate this using the LFO. So I'm going to dial up the LFO, and then actually go to the next section and turn it on. Now if you're not familiar with LFO's, an LFO is a Low Frequency Oscillator. An that's an oscillator that outputs a pitch that's so low that we can't hear it. But we can use the fact that low frequencies oscillate very slowly, to actually change other parameters in real time.

I've got the LFO turned on here for the filter, and right now, it's set to open and close by a rate, and that rate is set at one hertz. So, let me hold down a key and let's just hear what that sounds like. (audio playing). Okay, now that's starting to get interesting. So we can actually hear that opening and closing. Now I could set this to be a shorter or longer time, or I can actually sink this to the tempo of the song by clicking on this little 16th note. And when I do that it opens up this Beats Field, and now I can actually sync that or have the filter open and closed based upon a rhythmic value.

So I'm going to hold down a note and change that value so we can hear what it sounds like. (audio playing). You can hear were getting that kind of classic wobble base sound. Now, next to that I've got the type, and that allows me to choose different kind of wave shapes. And shaped on how that filter is opening and closing, so I had that set to sine wave to start off with, but let's hear what that sounds like with a square pulse wave.

(audio playing). Much more of an On, Off sound. And if I switch to triangle, I'm going to get kind of softer edges but a sharper point. And let me make that just a little bit longer. (audio playing). That's a little bit better indication of what that does. And I'll set that on random last. You can just hear that it's going to randomly open and close the filter. (audio playing). So let's set this back on the sine wave. And I'm going to point out one more parameter here on the LFO and that's the attack.

So, we can actually set it so it actually builds into the effect that we're looking for. So, let me put this back on rate, I'm going to dial that just a little bit longer rate, and then I'll dial up some attack. So that this actually takes three or four milliseconds to open up. (audio playing). So, you heard that the first one or the first two of those was a little bit softer and then it built into the overall effect, so one more time. (audio playing). Gradually building in to the overall desired effect.

I'm going to briefly turn the LFO off here and then I'm going to open and close the filter using the envelope instead. So let me dial up some envelope and then I'm going to go up here and I'm going to click the box next to Filter to turn on the Filter Envelope. So, at this point I can set some attack on this, so that the, cutoff frequency, gradually opens up. And then I can control how it closes again with the decay parameter. So let's hear what this sounds like. (audio playing). So now I have got that set to open a little bit more slowly and then close, it takes almost six seconds to close. All right, lets move on and lets take a look at the couple other ideas and I am going to switch over to this hi hat track and let me take that back out of Record Enable.

Let me start by saying that the sound I've chosen, the length of the hi hat is a little bit long to my taste. So I want to set this a little bit tighter, and then I want to set it so that the sound of this actually modulates a little bit. One of the things I don't like about Single Sample Player is that when you have a repeated part the note sounds the same every time you hit it. So I wanted to be just a little bit different. So I'll play this, to start off with. I'm going to work with the length of this overall sound. (audio playing). Okay, so I use the K feature here in the volume envelope to just tighten out a little bit. And next what I'm going to do is I'm going to use the LFO to actually modulate the pitch.

So, let me turn on the LFO and I'm going to set just a little bit of Detune on that. And then I'll turn up the LFO. Let's do it quite a bit to start off with. And then my favorite one here is to actually use the Random shape. So let's check out what that sounds like. (audio playing). So that's changing a whole lot. So I'm actually going to dial back the LFO percentage. So it's a little bit more subtle.

(audio playing). So now you can hear, that there are just slight pitch changes each time that that hi hat is hit. So now that you're familiar with how Simpler works, you'll be able to modify Simpler Presets to work more effectively with your music.

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Ableton Live 9 Essential Training

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  1. 2m 36s
    1. Welcome
      1m 6s
    2. Using the exercise files
      43s
    3. What you need to know
      47s
  2. 7m 44s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      3m 31s
  3. 11m 8s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      4m 0s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      2m 44s
    3. Optimizing performance
      4m 24s
  4. 38m 55s
    1. Nonlinear sequencing with Session view
      3m 42s
    2. Understanding the Session view window
      5m 8s
    3. Exploring the Live browser
      5m 49s
    4. Loading and playing clips
      4m 35s
    5. Moving and copying clips
      2m 55s
    6. Working with clip properties
      8m 17s
    7. Working with scenes
      8m 29s
  5. 24m 15s
    1. Using the browser
      4m 56s
    2. Searching for and auditioning clips and devices
      4m 19s
    3. Working with Live sets and projects
      4m 16s
    4. Managing files in Live
      3m 12s
    5. Exporting clips and devices
      7m 32s
  6. 33m 0s
    1. What is a software instrument?
      6m 29s
    2. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 0s
    3. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 47s
    4. Using a computer keyboard to enter MIDI
      5m 26s
    5. Utilizing the pencil to enter MIDI notes
      5m 45s
    6. Taking advantage of third-party and multi-output MIDI devices
      5m 33s
  7. 33m 22s
    1. Navigating and zooming in the MIDI Editor
      5m 29s
    2. Configuring the MIDI Editor grid
      5m 2s
    3. Selecting and quantizing MIDI
      5m 3s
    4. Quantizing with grooves
      7m 23s
    5. Editing pitch and note duration
      6m 1s
    6. Editing MIDI velocities
      4m 24s
  8. 10m 10s
    1. Preparing to record audio
      5m 43s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 27s
  9. 34m 22s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      4m 10s
    2. Zooming in and out and playing in Arrangement view
      4m 46s
    3. Recording in Arrangement view
      4m 4s
    4. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 22s
    5. Adding and using locators
      3m 32s
    6. Copying, duplicating, and editing clips in Arrangement view
      5m 53s
    7. Reworking clips
      6m 35s
  10. 25m 35s
    1. Understanding the mixer
      7m 36s
    2. Using sends and returns
      6m 52s
    3. Building headphone cues
      4m 58s
    4. Grouping tracks
      6m 9s
  11. 41m 7s
    1. Working with effect devices
      5m 59s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 30s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      6m 26s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      7m 20s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 5s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      5m 47s
  12. 11m 15s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      6m 3s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      5m 12s
  13. 11m 44s
    1. Mapping keys with Keymap mode
      4m 12s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      3m 16s
    3. Using the instant mapping feature
      4m 16s
  14. 31m 51s
    1. Recording real-time automation
      6m 24s
    2. Drawing automation manually
      7m 48s
    3. Automating clips in Session view
      8m 36s
    4. Editing existing automation information
      4m 57s
    5. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 6s
  15. 20m 59s
    1. Understanding the basics of warping
      8m 43s
    2. Creating clips that loop smoothly
      6m 37s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 39s
  16. 10m 12s
    1. Exporting audio from Live
      6m 29s
    2. Freezing tracks
      3m 43s
  17. 42m 22s
    1. Exploring Impulse
      5m 5s
    2. Using Impulse as a multi-output instrument
      9m 15s
    3. Getting the most out of Impulse instrument parameters
      6m 23s
    4. Exploring Simpler
      7m 50s
    5. Smoothing sample start and end points in Simpler
      6m 32s
    6. Tweaking the parameters of Simpler
      7m 17s
  18. 36m 55s
    1. Unlocking the power of FX racks
      10m 48s
    2. Utilizing instrument racks
      10m 13s
    3. Creating drum racks
      9m 50s
    4. Working with rack macros
      6m 4s
  19. 10m 22s
    1. Introducing Max for Live
      4m 52s
    2. Exploring the Mono Sequencer in Max for Live
      5m 30s
  20. 5m 54s
    1. Working with video files
      5m 54s
  21. 24s
    1. Next steps
      24s

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