Amp envelope settings

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Amp envelope settings

Post by OLE310 » Wed Apr 08, 2015 1:00 pm

Where is the amp envelope settings ???? Please explain simple, im kinda new to ableton. I have the lauchpad :!: :oops:

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Re: Amp envelope settings

Post by Steve Glen » Wed Apr 08, 2015 11:57 pm

Are you talking about a specific ableton device instrument? Which one?

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Re: Amp envelope settings

Post by Da hand » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:18 am

Not sure what you mean exactly by "amp envelopes", but take a look at the Manual section on Automation and Editing Envelopes: ... envelopes/

Scroll down to "19.5 Drawing and Editing Automation" to see how to access automation curves.

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Re: Amp envelope settings

Post by yur2die4 » Thu Apr 09, 2015 1:45 am

An envelope modulates a parameter over time based on your triggering.

For an amp envelope, or 'amplitude' envelope, you are controlling the volume level.

The most common parameters are ADSR (Attack Decay Sustain Release).

I'll just explain Attack and Release, if you're interested in more parameters you can look ADSR up on google/wiki/youtube or maybe even the Ableton Live manual (I think Instrument Reference shows which instrument devices have those parameters and where to find them).

When you trigger a sound, the envelope starts, in order from the A to D to S. And then when you let go of a key or pad, it does the R.

Attack is the amount of time it takes for the level of the sound to reach the peak. If there is a long attack, it'll fade in very slowly. If there is a short attack, the sound will just Pop up abruptly. Sometimes even click a little!

Release happens when you 'release' a key or pad, from whatever level of volume it presently is at, it'll start to fade out at the amount of time designated by the Release setting. A short release will make the sound fade off or disappear quickly. If it is too short it might even click abruptly. A long release, could even be several seconds!!! Means, when you let go of a key or pad, the volume of the sound will take that many seconds before it fades to nothing.

Spend lots of time playing with and getting familiar with those parameters. They are in almost all synths and samplers, so learning them will help make your life easier. And it won't even require any thought when you need to use them :)

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