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Live: Clip Shop

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Published June 2017
By Len Sasso

1: A  one-bar electric piano loop (middle) is warped with a  65 envelope setting (top) and with a  16 envelope setting along with adjusted and deleted Transient markers (bottom). The effect of different transient envelope settings is shown on the right.1: A one-bar electric piano loop (middle) is warped with a 65 envelope setting (top) and with a 16 envelope setting along with adjusted and deleted Transient markers (bottom). The effect of different transient envelope settings is shown on the right.

We look at how audio clips can be repurposed in Ableton Live.

This month we’ll dig into a technique from the video ‘Percussify’ by Stoni in Ableton’s new One Thing series of short video tutorials (ableton.com/one-thing). It uses Beat mode Warping to bring out the percussiveness of an audio clip by shortening the transient envelopes that Warping identifies. Beyond gaining an insight into the rhythmic feel of a clip, you can use this to repurpose clips in a variety of interesting ways.

To get a feel for the basic setup, load a Session view clip slot with a rhythmic...

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Published June 2017