There are so many audio effects that Ableton has to offer. Each audio effect and its presets offers something new, something that can kickstart your creative engine. When using any DAW, producers tend to go online and search “best amp vst”, “best vocoder” etc. but if you truly explore everything that your DAW has to offer you can almost get the same results. Out of everything that Ableton has to offer there are some audio effects that don’t really get the attention that they really deserve.
Let’s discuss these 5 audio effects by Ableton that are often ignored but can really help your creativity and production.
Ableton’s stock Amp is one of the secret weapon for many producers. When you’re feeling that a lead is lacking highs, instead of slapping an additive EQ to boost +5dB at 8k-15k region thinking it will make your lead sound extra crispy, you’re wrong! All it will do is make your lead sound artificial, that also might not sound good in the mix. Instead try adding an Amp and fiddle around with it’s, Type & Dry/Wet Knob to add the desired effect and the amount of effect according to your taste. If you want to get really creative, you can make a Multiband rack and add an amp to only the highs or only to the mids. The possibilities are endless!
Ableton’s Cabinet is an audio effect that “emulates the sound of 5 different guitar cabinets”. This is a great effect to add some warmth to a sound. Not only that, but this can also change the tonality of a sample or anything it’s being used on. You can select from over 5 different speaker sizes, 3 different microphone positions, type of microphone etc. Pair this up with an Amp and a filter and see for yourself what results you can get.
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Corpus is one the most interesting audio effect. Like how cabinet emulates different types of guitar cabinets, Corpus emulates different resonance types. Usually people EQ out resonant frequencies to make sure that they doesn’t cause any trouble at high volumes. And because corpus adds resonance to a sound, this is what makes it special. It can totally change the tone of a sample. One example where corpus can be used is, if you layer two same snare samples, add corpus to one and leave the other one dry and then mix in the one with corpus, the end result will be totally unique. Another great example where Corpus was uniquely used is, is in the main lead of Getter's track Inhalant Abuse. Try Corpus’s presets on different things and there are endless possibilities in the results that you can get.
In addition to Amp, Erosion is yet another audio effect that has been blessed to the Ableton users. Like Amp can make a sound thick and bright, Erosion does almost the same thing, but in a different way. It consists of 3 different modes, namely Noise, Wide Noise and Sine. There is a X-Y controller and dragging along the X-Axis will change the frequency and dragging along Y-Axis will increase or decrease the amount of effect that is being added. Erosion can work wonders on elements in the mix that are lacking high frequency content. Great example where this could be used is on Snares, Leads, Audio samples lacking brightness etc. In theoretical terms, this works by adding noisy artifacts or downsampling-like distortion.
5. BEAT REPEAT
Beat Repeat is yet another interesting audio effect. You can creatively use this to totally change a drum loop to a point that the end result is something so unique that no one can tell what the original loop was. It can also be referred to as an “Arpeggiator for Audio Files”, but on steroids. Some really nice presets for Beat Repeat that could be put into use are, Vocal Fun, Slapback and Microfillz.
We hope you learned something new or if you were already using these, we hope we gave something that you could further use creatively. It’s all about running your creative engine and messing around.