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Modular Synthesis With Live

Ableton Live Tips & Techniques
Published December 2017
By Len Sasso

Screen 1. a) Duetta and Wow Bass occupy parallel chains in an Instrument Rack. b) Auto Filter processes the output with Wow Bass feeding its filter-envelope side-chain. c) The ADSR envelope from a separate Analog device feeds the side-chain. d) A drum loop in Simpler feeds the side-chain.Screen 1. a) Duetta and Wow Bass occupy parallel chains in an Instrument Rack. b) Auto Filter processes the output with Wow Bass feeding its filter-envelope side-chain. c) The ADSR envelope from a separate Analog device feeds the side-chain. d) A drum loop in Simpler feeds the side-chain.

We show you how you can treat Live as one big modular synth.

This is our second look at emulating modular synthesis techniques in Live. In the May 2015 Live column we explored using software modular synths in Live. Here I’ll concentrate on modular synth-building techniques using Live Device Racks. The key advantages of modular synthesis are being able to select which modules to use and how to patch them together. Live excels at the first; any Live device or third-party plug-in as well as any Rack you build from them can be used as a module. Patching modules together is a bit...

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Published December 2017