Top 5 Friday | Best Ableton Live Stock Effects Plugins

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Top Five Ableton Live 10 Stock Effects Plugins
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1. Multiband Dynamics | more compressors —
2. Drum Buss | more channel strips —
3. Vocoder | more vocoders —
4. Glue Compressor | more glue plugs —
5. Saturator | more saturation plugs —

Please Note: None of these are available in Ableton Lite or Intro editions.

5. Saturator
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The Saturator simulates the overloading of an electronic audio system by imposing a choice of transfer curves on your signal’s dynamics. Curve shapes include Analogue Clip, Medium Curve, Hard Curve, Waveshaper and so on, with the effect being distortion, compression and
clipping of your signal that you can tailor with the Dry/Wet and Output controls.

Naturally, there’s a control to Drive the input more harshly into the circuit to get more saturation. You can shape the response of the saturator – ie, how strongly different frequency ranges are weighted through the effect – by activating the Color switch, and using
the Base control to push low frequencies more strongly, and the Freq control to push high frequencies more strongly.

4. Glue Compressor
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This device is focused on bus or master processing duties, and is based on a classic hardware desk compressor that’s surely something lauded in the search for signal leveling.

You get a continuous Threshold setting, and a choice of just three Ratios, 2:1, 4:1 and 10:1. The Attack and Release controls are also non-continuous, forcing you to choose an exact value. With a Range control to keep compression from getting too heavy when the signal
crosses further over the Threshold, and a Dry/Wet mix for parallel compression, Glue compressor has all you need for the basics.

It all adds up to a trusty compressor that acts in a musical way, and is a tried and tested staple of producers everywhere.

3. Vocoder
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Vocoder is placed on the signal that you want to be your modulator, and you get a choice of Carrier signals in the dropdown menu. Choose from the plugin’s own Noise signal, an externally routed sidechain signal, the modulator itself, and a pitch-tracking oscillator
that you can set the properties of.

You get core vocoder controls such as number of bands and the levels for each, the Range, Gating and overall Level. An interesting feature of Ableton’s Vocoder is its Attack and Release controls, which let you blur the sound and leave it to die off for longer, for
some space-age sound effects.

2. Drum Buss
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Added in Live version 10, this processor is specialized in one thing: you guess it – processing groups of drums. There’s three modes, Soft, Medium and Hard, to dictate how much you want to smash them, and a pre-compressor to get things started.

Drum Buss has descriptive parameters that don’t necessarily give you much technical information about what’s going on, but Crunch adds distortion to the high mids, and Damp reduces high frequencies. Transients can be applied both positively and negatively to enhance
the attacks of the drums.

Boom and Freq actually control a resonant high-pass filter, built to enhance the signal in a Voice-of-God-style way, with the ability to force its frequency cutoff to a specific MIDI note.

1. Multiband Dynamics
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This processor might have been designed as a mastering effect, but it’s sparked some pretty cool creative effects in its time as well, with Xfer Records’ OTT plugin being inspired by one particular Multiband Dynamics preset.

This device can be a hard hard to interpret, but in short, it has three bands that can do compression or expansion – the high band at the top, the low band at the bottom. In the middle display, there are blocks that can be dragged left or right, but it might be best for
beginners to command Multiband Dynamics from elsewhere…

In the TBA selector area, T adjusts the Attack and Release timing, and both B and A control compression and expansion. A stands for Above, and kicks in when a signal goes above
the threshold, for standard compression or for specialized upward
expansion. B stands for Below, and kicks things in when a signal falls
below the threshold. This can be used for traditional expansion, or for the less-common upward compression.



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