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FX Halos in Ableton Live

This is a very sim­ple trick to do, but not so obvi­ous to fig­ure out that it’s even pos­si­ble.  The idea is to sidechain com­press the pro­cess­ing on a Return bus by its own input sig­nal, in order to clear out some “empty” space around the dry sig­nal. It’s like mak­ing a “breath­ing fx bus”. For […]

Ableton Live, The Machinedrum and The Monomachine (Part 2): Minimizing Latency

In Part one of this series, I posted tips for get­ting the Mono­ma­chine and Machine­drum synced and record­ing prop­erly with your Live ses­sions. The other half of the equa­tion is which oper­a­tions to avoid that might intro­duce latency and tim­ing errors dur­ing your ses­sions. Able­ton Prints Record­ings Where It Thinks You Heard Them I guess this […]

Ableton Live, The Machinedrum and The Monomachine: Midi Sync Notes

Recently I’ve been (going crazy) get­ting the tim­ing tight between Able­ton and two out­board sequencers — the Elek­tron Mono­ma­chine and Machine­drum.  On their own, these sil­ver boxes have amaz­ingly tight tim­ing. They can sync to each other to cre­ate a great live setup. Add a com­puter DAW into the loop, and you intro­duce jit­ter, latency, and […]