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Creative Crossfading In Ableton Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Published April 2017
By Len Sasso

1: An Instrument Rack’s Chain Selector will crossfade between two instruments. For more than two, use separate Audio Effects Rack Chain Selectors instead.1: An Instrument Rack’s Chain Selector will crossfade between two instruments. For more than two, use separate Audio Effects Rack Chain Selectors instead.

We show you how to get creative with the crossfader in Ableton Live.

This month we’ll look at Live’s tools for real-time crossfading between two or more plug-in instruments. This has a variety of applications from simply transitioning between instrument presets to emulating wavetable synthesis. It’s worth noting that true wavetable synthesis differs from crossfading in several ways — for the real deal check out soft synths such as the Xfer Records Serum, PPG Wave 3.V or Waves Codex.

The most obvious option for crossfading between two instruments is to place the instruments on separate tracks and use Live’s Crossfader. Right-clicking on the Crossfade control lets you select a crossfade curve,...

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Published April 2017