I'm always thrilled when the Tips and Tricks section actually has a tip or trick. This one has 20, practically in every permutation of things I haven't thought to do.
1. unlinked clip envelopes for synthesis.
I sensed that the arrangement volume lane could have a full ramp up over the course of the clip enveloped sound in order to have the proportion of the chopping fill in over a build-up. Think that would be effective? In your example, you are using a pitch rise.
2. putting 3 identical LFOs in one rack and then slightly offsetting them
Do you find that there is a performance boost to keeping LFO's contained in a rack, and on the same track as their take-over device? Or is this just a matter of practicality? I tend to use a track without output as a repository for utilities, and as such map parameters over from playing tracks. Matter of preference?
7. sidechain as external input for envelope follower
You know, this reminds me of the new dynamic eq module released in isotope ozone 6, and you beat them to it. If you know that the volume contour will only be mapped to a single other parameter (be it a macro knob or otherwise), what would make the solo side-chaining trick more effective than just putting the envelope follower plug-in inline with the source track, i.e. the drums in this case? Again, I'm also just wondering where you would see less latency and performance in a track. And you are putting the eq8 after the group in your example? It does look a heck of a lot more convenient to have the macro 1 knob right there to grab, doesn't it, so I guess in part that I'm answering my own question. Just want to make sure I understand what you mean by the second chain being "clean." If it was actually clean, there wouldn't be too many parameters to modulate, right?
8. OS level macros for repetitive keyboard presses
Which app's your favorite macro manager for OS X (yosemite)? Are you keeping this app launched in the background at all times (that would be a deal-breaker for me)? Are you assigning app-specific keyboard combinations for ableton? Tried automator and applescript, but didn't see any specific services or actions that applied ableton. Short of that, I'd lean towards something on macupdate.com or the app store so I don't need to chase after it for updates. What other repetitive tasks come to mind as a producer? I think of the
toggle warp button
make this 1.1.1
warp from here
reaches for the contextual menu when I'm tidying up an incoming track. Any others come to mind?
17. recording against a loop forever
I'm so rarely in arrangement view. Maybe I should revisit it after this decade-long hiatus! Nonetheless, what do you think would be a good control or keyboard shortcut for reaching for the Arrangement loop and getting this jam in place, if my home base is performance-ended in session mode? Maybe the job of another macro, where I take a resampled track's clip drag it to the arrangement tab onto it's concurrent point in the time line (it would be hard to place it anywhere to accurately while the transport kept moving, me thinks), and then loop an even numbered of measures starting from an even numbered measure, then press clip record on an input ready midi track. I imagine session record on signal processing with an audio track or submix could be as equally rewarding. I almost never assign the arrangement loop to a control, so some expert opinion is most welcome. Just never thought of the intended application for it until you hit me in the head with this apple!
- Create a whole bunch (8 or 16, or more) of blank midi clips, 8 or 16 bars long (however long your loop in the arrangement is)
- Set follow actions so that they trigger in sequence
- Store them in your user library
- When needed for a jam session, draf them into the track in session mode.
This way you can record into them in overdub mode and your jam session will come out sliced into convenient 16 bar sections.
When recorded, for added interest
- freeze & flatten these,
- select the lot
- follow action 'any', in legato mode, with a relatively short times.
with re:dream's add on, will the recording continue on the next clip where it left off? What if you run out of them but continue jamming-is it going to go back to the first clip in the cluster and pick up where the last one left off, or overdub what you recorded before? Might be interesting if ableton just automatically served up new clips, but you might then soon find your session to be 200 scenes long. Because I think the merit of the original trick is that you can economize what you are bringing back to arrangement mode, but you nonetheless do not need to keep track of how many passes you made, or when your performance finally ramped up for the sake of capturing symmetry and the best takes. It just keeps recording along, but you then take a cropped clip to arrangement or apply trick 18 to it (or toss the original session clip out, even. And I should really do a refresher on the difference between freeze and flatten. Freeze is sending the output to RAM or rendering all automation? and flatten is printing all effects to the recorded clip?)
18. using a muted chopping block track that you can solo to find parts
Oh I see, you are muting it AND soloing, right? Otherwise, by unsoloing it, if it was not mute, it's really only not playing the "palate" um, chopping block track if the point where you are placing the snippet clip does not overlap vertically with the chopping block track, right?
20. slice to midi + randomizer + short midi clips + skrillex (or whatever)
I will totally take you up with the on-the-fly challenge.
Now in your demonstration, your actual hits are coming from a loop of what appears to be less than a single quarter beat-chopped into varying sized bits. Now is the pattern of bits-note on offs in this segment-changing over the course of your play through? Because the playhead is traveling so fast, the random selection is switching so quickly, and the hits blend into each other, it's really hard to tell if the bits are varying their relation to each other and the subsequent pattern over this minute time range. What made you pick such a short loop? Have you tried changing the length of the clip loop over a single sustained note value so as to play-quantize the change of randomized slice sections? What works most profoundly to your ears? What slicing material do you find works best for this trick? Full songs? Vocals? Verse/Chorus?