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Ableton Live: Grain Fever

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Published January 2018
By Len Sasso

Screen 1: Granulator’s Grain view (top) is where you set and modulate grain size and position. The Filter view (bottom) provides envelopes, filters and FM.Screen 1: Granulator’s Grain view (top) is where you set and modulate grain size and position. The Filter view (bottom) provides envelopes, filters and FM.

We delve into the mysteries of granular synthesis with Max For Live’s Granulator II instrument.

This month and next we’ll take an in-depth look at different approaches to granular synthesis. I’ll start with Robert Henke’s Max For Live instrument, Granulator II, for a detailed look at how granular synthesis really works. Next month we’ll explore several other ways to approach granular synthesis in Live.

Granulator II

Granulator II is a free Live Pack that you can download from the Packs section of the Live web site (www.ableton.com/en/packs/granulator-ii). The Live Pack also contains two auxiliary devices: GranulatorSlave II and GranulatorInput II, along with a number of helpful Granulator II presets. (Hereafter,...

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Published January 2018