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When should you use Arrangement View vs Session View?

I've seen people use Live in so many different ways. That's one of my favourite things about it, it allows you approach things in new ways. I used to use session view mainly when I started out with it,...
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Ableton Mastering: Is It Recommended That I Use Maximizers/Limiters Before Everything Else?

No, that doesn't make much sense. The point of a maximiser/limiter is to exploit the 0dBFS range as thoroughly as possible, but 0dBFS is only a meaningful range at the very end of the mastering ...
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Serial Sound Design?

Not sure what you mean here by 'feeds into'? Beyond summing audio together there's convolution, or using one source to modulate another like FM or AM. You could check out Soundhack for convolution ...
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Designing household sounds using a synth

This seems like an awful lot of work, and I think you would get better results from recording foley. However, I understand that want to try exploring another avenue within synthesis. As has already ...
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Designing household sounds using a synth

VST synths are not designed for this sort of thing, hence why Andy Farnell (I presume those are the tutorials you encountered) used PD. Designing Sound is THE book for this, but I'm really ...
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How to create a Acid Synth Stab sound?

For anyone who wants to make this sound in MASSIVE it's pretty simple. You only need one Oscillator on. Select Squ-Sw 1 and pull the WT-position all the way to the right so you only get a normal saw ...
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Tree Grown Sound Effect (Tree Ents in LoTR)

why not try cutting open a pomegranate and squeezing one half slowly. It's a really nice thick woody sound. Put it through some effects and there you go. Plus you get to enjoy a little snack as you go!...
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How can I change the master BPM in my song without stretching the recorded wav files?

Put the clip in session view, otherwise the playhead will skip around Turn off warping and Play from a chosen loop start point Tap tempo for the master bpm to get a rough estimate of song's average ...
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Ableton: Understanding Analog's "Uni"

I have done some digging and experimenting, and will hopefully even hear back from members of the Ableton community soon, here are the answers I've found so far: 1: What is the scale of "Detune"? ...
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How to improve guitar tone for recording?

In addition to @frcake's excellent answer, I have a few points: I have been gigging for over 30 years and I still have trouble getting some sounds I want. One solution that most guitarists go for is ...
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Amplitube VST won't respond to MIDI PC messages from Ableton Live

I might have an actual answer this time. Be sure you are doing a "Save As" a preset (not a patch) after assigning the program change number to your preset. This seems to have been the last piece I was ...
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Synth levels too low in mixdown (Ableton DNB)

Maybe you're trying to do the wrong thing with them. Just crushing them may not help at all. Start with EQing them, Unless they're bass synths you should be shelving the bass quite a bit. If they ...
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Recreating a synthesizer

I'm not familiar with Live, but here is my guess: It's square because it sounds 'empty' to me. Saw OSC has much more details. It's distorted. This contributes a lot to the sound and of course will ...
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Tips for Mastering my Track in Ableton Live

Ah the loudness war... Some of what you can do is in the mix... take out what you don't need. If you don't need above 400Hz in a pad, then cut below 400Hz on that pad. You might not hear a difference ...
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VST Plugins for creating MIDI Notes (Ableton)

The guys at Ableton went for simplicity. This being said, it turned out to be a sane decision. If you read through the manual, you'll realize Ableton's piano roll supports step input, "draw" input, ...
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Can I transpose a series of midi clips to a different key?

A midi transposition effect should do exactly what you're after. I am pretty sure its parameters can be controlled via automation. https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/live-midi-effect-reference/#pitch ...
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Send "Audio To" MIDI Track (or its single channels) in ableton

If you were using either Compressor plug-in built into Ableton, you would be able to select your Drum track in the "Sidechain" panel of the compressor, accessed by pressing the little arrow in the top ...
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Is there a function to randomize the volumes of a MIDI Clip on Ableton Live?

There is a “Velocity” MIDI effect in Ableton Live, with a patch called “Add some random.” Place this MIDI effect onto the channel that you want to randomize.
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Ableton Live: Zoom out farther than current bounds?

You can quickly drag up the left number 1 (or loop start or length) then drag up the seekbar (zoom out) This is similar to the MIDI Notes panel: Length section, which zooms at the same time
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When should you use Arrangement View vs Session View?

The Session View makes most sense when you are using a dedicated controller like the Push in order to trigger scenes. Check out to see someone using a Push controller ...
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Ableton CV from track amplitude? Control another track's dry / wet?

What you are looking for is a side chain setup: The gate (or downward expander) is on one track, but it "listens" to key input for the theshold from another track. Take a look at this video:
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How do I transfer VST plugins from FL Studio to Ableton Live?

Start Ableton Live and go to the Preferences > File/Folder. Put all your vst plugins in one folder and scan it, unlike fl studio that allows you to scan multiple folders.
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How to improve guitar tone for recording?

As a rule of thumb, closer to the center is trebly , closer to the ring is mellower - more bassy. Electric guitar recording is a world of it's own, many people go to insane extends to hunt the tone ...
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Does Using Mic and interface with setting device class MME reduces audio quality?

With high-end (and no so high-end) audio interfaces, you can have hardware monitoring. This kind of monitoring is very low latency, since it involves no digital path. If you use your PC to provide the ...
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

Another possible technique to consider: make one note dry, and give the other a small amount of stereo reverb. The amount of stereo reverb can be very small (so the difference is not that easy to hear)...
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

I have listened to the sound at 1:30. What we really need to understand is not the name of the effect you want, but the fundamental principal at work here. To get stereo width, you want to introduce ...
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

One thing you could try: Split the sound you want into 2 layers, Split the EQ into highs frequencies on one layer and low frequencies on another. Next add a chorus to your high frequency ...
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

Stereo expander If you put a stereo expander on the master channel, it will affect every channel on your mixer. You will have to add stereo expander like UpStereo to a single channel to expand a ...
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Synths with different stereo spread / width?

It seems the effect you are looking to achieve is either chorus or unison (both basically work the same way though). Another alternative would to simply use a stereo expander, this would be best if ...
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