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Working with effect devices

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Video: Working with effect devices

Individual tracks often need a little bit of help to fit and mix with the other tracks. In this video, we'll talk about effects devices that can solve those problems, and how they're added to a track in Ableton Live. So audio signal processors are a group of devices that can be used to change some characteristic of an audio signal. For example, an EQ or a filter can be used to change the tone of signal, or a compressor can be used to control the dynamic range of a signal. So adding an effect to a track is very easy. All we need to do is allocate an effect over in the Device browser, which I'm already in here, and drag and dropping it either on the track nameplate or down here in Device view. And before I do that, let me just add that audio effects, which we we're looking at here, can be added to both audio and MIDI tracks, but on MIDI tracks they have to be added after the virtual instrument. And I am seeing the macro here for the Impulse drum plug-in that's providing the drum sounds.

Working with effect devices

Individual tracks often need a little bit of help to fit and mix with the other tracks. In this video, we'll talk about effects devices that can solve those problems, and how they're added to a track in Ableton Live. So audio signal processors are a group of devices that can be used to change some characteristic of an audio signal. For example, an EQ or a filter can be used to change the tone of signal, or a compressor can be used to control the dynamic range of a signal. So adding an effect to a track is very easy. All we need to do is allocate an effect over in the Device browser, which I'm already in here, and drag and dropping it either on the track nameplate or down here in Device view. And before I do that, let me just add that audio effects, which we we're looking at here, can be added to both audio and MIDI tracks, but on MIDI tracks they have to be added after the virtual instrument. And I am seeing the macro here for the Impulse drum plug-in that's providing the drum sounds.

So when I drag that onto the nameplate and let go, it's added in the chain after the actual virtual instrument. If I want to get rid of that, I can simply click on the title bar and hit my Delete key, or I can select that and go Command+X on a Mac or Ctrl+X on a PC to cut that device and delete it. Now I can either add a device itself or a preset. So if I click on the little disclosure triangle here and go into the Category-- since I am looking at drums, I'll go into that folder-- I'll find a preset that is a collection of the parameters in that particular EQ.

So let's say I want something for snare EQ. If I drag and drop that on the track, we can see that the device itself is already set up, with some of the parameters adjusted. Now, by dropping this EQ on the track, in effect I have dropped it on what we refer to as a track insert. So this effect is only processing the signal that's running through this particular track. Now if I switch to another track, I can do the same thing. And I can go into a different category, let's say I want some kind of filter, and I can drag and drop that there, and now this EQ is only affecting this track.

So, one track at a time. Now you will notice across the top of the effects we are adding here--and I'll go back to the Drum track--that the controls across the top are the same in the header at the top of the plug-in. So on the far left, I have what's referred to as the Activator button, and that allows me to temporarily bypass the signal that's flowing through that processor, or reactivate it. I can also come over here and click on what we call a Hot Swap button. So if I don't like this particular preset, I can click on that, and now I can simply go back into the presets that are available here and double-click.

So now that Hat EQ 2 preset has replaced the previous preset. And you can simply listen and load new presets, until you get something that's either what you want or close to what you want--at which point you can make changes to the preset settings. If I like the changes that I make--for instance, if I change this Floor Tom EQ into a slightly different configuration-- I can save that as my own preset by their clicking on the Save Preset button here--at which point it shows up in the folder that I originally pulled that preset from, and I can rename it and call that "My EQ"--or I can simply drag and drop that over here into the folder.

And you will notice that it's advanced it one number, and I can give that a different name. I can also put multiple plug- ins in the same device chain. So I might want to use EQ here and then also a Compressor. Now when drag that device onto the device chain, notice that I can either put it before the EQ--you see the gold line there, indicating if I let go with my mouse where that device will be added--or I can add it afterwards.

But one thing I can't do in this case is put it before the plug-in. Remember, audio effect devices have to go after the virtual instrument. So I'll drop it over here on the end, and now I can make changes, and I've got a device chain created. One of the nice things about this setup is that I do get meters after each device in the chain so that I can check my audio levels, so that if I get too much gain in one place I can make adjustments where necessary. So let's check that out. (Music playing.) So you see all along there that I had levels showing in each of the meters, so it's showing me the status of the signal at any one point.

So now that you know how to add effects to a track, experiment adding effects to tracks, and listen to what they can do.

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  1. 1m 30s
    1. Welcome
      49s
    2. Using the exercise files
      41s
  2. 8m 43s
    1. What is a digital audio workstation?
      4m 13s
    2. Choosing the right gear and setting up a system
      4m 30s
  3. 12m 59s
    1. Setting up audio preferences
      3m 54s
    2. Setting up MIDI preferences
      3m 31s
    3. Optimizing performance
      5m 34s
  4. 35m 42s
    1. Understanding Session view
      8m 7s
    2. Working with Live browsers
      5m 3s
    3. Working with Live clips
      7m 57s
    4. Understanding clip properties
      7m 52s
    5. Working with Live scenes
      6m 43s
  5. 28m 16s
    1. Building Live Sets and projects
      4m 25s
    2. Learning Live file management
      4m 2s
    3. Exporting content from Live
      7m 32s
    4. Importing and exporting Live Packs
      3m 17s
    5. Searching for and auditioning clips
      4m 58s
    6. Setting up frequently accessed folders
      4m 2s
  6. 23m 3s
    1. Preparing to record MIDI
      5m 51s
    2. Recording and overdubbing MIDI
      4m 32s
    3. Working with alternate MIDI entry methods
      6m 49s
    4. Using multi-output virtual instruments
      5m 51s
  7. 24m 26s
    1. The MIDI Editor
      4m 49s
    2. Quantizing MIDI data
      6m 6s
    3. Advanced MIDI editing
      6m 49s
    4. Setting up groove in editing
      6m 42s
  8. 9m 18s
    1. Preparing to record
      5m 0s
    2. Recording audio
      4m 18s
  9. 22m 37s
    1. Understanding Arrangement view
      3m 41s
    2. Recording in Arrangement view
      3m 51s
    3. Recording from Session view to Arrangement view
      5m 21s
    4. Reworking clips
      9m 44s
  10. 27m 57s
    1. Understanding Live's mixer
      12m 38s
    2. Using sends and returns
      3m 47s
    3. Building headphone cues
      3m 49s
    4. Grouping tracks
      7m 43s
  11. 43m 14s
    1. Working with effect devices
      4m 56s
    2. Understanding EQ and filters
      7m 14s
    3. Using compressors and dynamic processors
      7m 28s
    4. Building interesting effects with delay effect processing
      8m 18s
    5. Using reverb effectively
      8m 22s
    6. Setting up side chain effects easily
      6m 56s
  12. 15m 37s
    1. Creating rhythmic patterns with the Arpeggiator effect
      8m 38s
    2. Building background parts with the Chord and Scale effects
      6m 59s
  13. 25m 24s
    1. Building automation patterns
      8m 44s
    2. Editing existing automation information
      5m 3s
    3. Using fades to mask audio pops and clicks
      4m 10s
    4. Understanding the power of clip envelopes
      7m 27s
  14. 20m 17s
    1. Understanding the basics of looping
      6m 54s
    2. Creating tracks that loop smoothly
      7m 50s
    3. Using warp features to quantize audio
      5m 33s
  15. 17m 47s
    1. Using the computer keyboard to control Live
      6m 39s
    2. Mapping device controls to the MIDI keyboard
      4m 36s
    3. Using Live's instant mapping feature
      6m 32s
  16. 10m 44s
    1. Exporting audio
      5m 37s
    2. Freezing tracks
      5m 7s
  17. 20m 45s
    1. Building with the Impulse virtual instrument
      11m 35s
    2. Working with the Simpler virtual instrument
      9m 10s
  18. 36m 22s
    1. Overview of Live racks
      10m 13s
    2. Combining instruments and effects into a single device
      8m 22s
    3. Adding effects with Drum Rack
      11m 28s
    4. Assigning rack parameters to macros
      6m 19s
  19. 13m 53s
    1. Setting up ReWire with Pro Tools
      7m 3s
    2. Setting up ReWire with Logic
      6m 50s
  20. 33m 43s
    1. Preparing audio clips with the Warp tool
      14m 31s
    2. Triggering clips using follow actions
      8m 9s
    3. Using Live as a sound source
      11m 3s
  21. 7m 21s
    1. Working with video files
      7m 21s
  22. 37s
    1. Further Recommendations
      37s

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