Now updated for Live 11!
Click to Get Emphasized.
Control any audio effect with more precision than ever before.
Drop any nonlinear FX plugins into them and have the ability to alter the signal they are reacting to.
Provides basic input gain, compensated by an opposite amount of output level. Super simple and super useful for fine-tuning any nonlinear effect. For example, use it on a saturator to make that saturator drive harder or softer, expanding its usual working range. Same idea for any threshold-based effect like a compressor — you can use In~Out to fine-tune the onset or expand the range of any built-in threshold.
•Emphasizer (Dual Shelf)
Boost a certain frequency or frequencies to hit nonlinear FX differently, output-compensated by exactly opposite curvature, leading to a totally neutral sound (other than the reactivity of the dropped-in FX).
For example, you could push more midrange (say…2.5kHz) into a saturator, without directly affecting the overall clip gain. This greatly expands the capability of normally non-adjustable distortion processors by a great deal, if you think about it. Want to crunch up only the highs or the bass more than other frequencies? Go for it. It’s especially great for guitar distortion and amp plugins whose tone controls tend to be quite limited.
Same for compressors and the like. You can make a compressor plugin that has no built-in sidechain EQ effectively have one. Effin’ sweet. Think about gating and noise reduction. Preserve certain frequencies by boosting them in the sidechain, or ignore frequencies you don’t care about.
(inspired by this excellent tutorial video by Dan Worrall)
Have with the funs!
I recently helped tweak and finalize a set of free audio effect racks in collaboration with online mastering service LANDR.
These are three effect racks suited for quick and easy “tone sculpting” of parts which are centered on low, mid, or high frequency ranges.
Check out the story about it and find download links here: www.ableton.com/en/blog/free-landr-tone-sculptors/
If you’ve never used LANDR, i highly recommend it as a way to test your mixes. Finish a mix and send it off to LANDR… listen to the master they send back to you, hear problems more clearly, and then go back to your mix and fix. It’s also a great way to get a new track ready for live performance before it has been sent off for professional mastering or officially released.
Also, check out the new ARCHIPEL ELEMENTS live pack, with drum racks featuring juicy recorded samples ranging in the 4 elements – earth, water, air and fire. Great material for sound design and experimental composition.
Sometimes you want a pristine reverb with the most delicate and precious tail imaginable.
Other times, you want a layer of digital dirt to add a touch of gritty color.
For those other times…
here’s another new free audio effect rack for Ableton Live 9.
It’s called “8-Bit Reverb” and is a lo-fi reverb effect that can be used on individual tracks or in a return channel.
It stays at an output bitrate of 8, for an old-school computer noise sound.
It has robust controls for sculpting the timbre easily to apply to many versatile usages.
GRAB “8-Bit Reverb” for Ableton Live 9 for FREE by clicking here
The amount of reverb.
At 0, effect is bypassed.
To use this as a send effect in a return channel (in order to add amounts of the same reverb to different channels), set it to 100% (127).
Affects the reverb and erosion bandwidth.
Increase this for a more dense, colored sound.
Alters many parameters simultaneously.
Set this carefully for the desired reverberation contour.
Adds in erosion coloration to the reverb layer. At 0, no erosion is added.
Sculpts the lower range of the reverb. Boost this for more boominess.
Sets the midpoint of the reverb and erosion tones.
In conjunction with Tone Width this has a great effect on the overall sound.
Sculpts the upper range of the reverb. Boost this for more shimmer.
Divides the sample rate by the number shown.
(Note that the bit rate is always set to 8; dividing the sample rate further degrades the sound.)
What they are: An Ableton Live rack (one each for effects in audio tracks, effects in return tracks, midi effects, and midi instruments) used to temporarily disable devices without deleting them, thereby freeing up some ever-precious CPU.
Features: Frees up CPU of contained racks. Click-free realtime operation (feel free to enable/disable while audio is routing through). Input Trim & Output Gains.
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