PieBerger wrote: ↑
Sun Dec 08, 2019 6:46 am
Drum Rack and Gate are both included in Lite, so yes you will be able to recreate this
Gate isn't included in Lite unfortunately, but no big deal, I just downloaded my Live 9 - I was just being lazy.
So, it took me a while to reverse engineer this. About 4/5 hours in fact. It's not so simple even when you understand the concepts, because nothing was shown HOW to do this in Ableton, only WHAT to do. Still, I figured it out.
I've made up a template for you to download and you can load it in Live 10 Lite (I've checked) but you won't be able to save. It will ask you if you want to cancel or just go ahead and load the project. Load it. The Gate plugin will mysteriously appear and you'll be able to use it, but you won't be able to save what you do. You'll need a higher version of Live. At least 'Intro' which does include Gate. You may be able to swap out the Gate though for the included Compressor that comes with Lite - I don't know, not checked if that does 'gating' as such.
I knocked this up in Live 9 Standard, so anything above that should work and you will be able to save your work. Of course you can also load in your own samples (I just included a few random ones that seemed to work ok together).
In the video, Adam Maggs also takes this concept further and uses it for triggering FX and whatnot, but I didn't get that far. This template is just for the first part of the video where he was triggering audio loops. Still, it gives you the concept and you should be able to work the rest out for yourself. This was the hard part really, if you don't 100 percent know what you are doing (and I didn't).
This is the window you should get when you load the template:
I jigged the drum rack about a bit so that Loop 1 is at the top and Loop 3 is at the bottom - it just seemed more logical that way, as opposed to them being 'upside down' in Adam's example.
I've also included some variations on the trigger devices, namely Simpler which I loaded up a white noise loop for. Changing the envelopes for the ADSR stuff obviously will shorten or lengthen the trigger time. Ideally you want a trigger time that corresponds to exactly how long the midi note plays for. But it's fun and sounds good to mess with these to 'tighten' up stuff or make it more 'legato' and drawn out.
I also included some varied presets for the Gate plugin - again, same concept. It should be enough to give you an idea. I think I got the main trigger times pretty accurate, but you can always mess with them yourselves via the ADSR controls.
The first midi lane triggers the first audio loop - channel 1, and so forth. Nothing to stop you adding more lanes. And of course this can all be triggered from a midi controller of your choice, as demonstrated by Adam in that video.
Another interesting feature of this template is the fact that the Simpler containing the white noise is muted, but when you get a pattern going, it sounds quite good to unmute it and blend it back in to the signal.
This is a great way to fill out loops with a bit of extra body. Don't be afraid to raise or lower the volume of the white noise either, it should still trigger the samples. You can even add FX such as reverb or delay if you want. I only realised they were loaded in the project a bit later, but they aren't doing any harm and you can use them if you want or set up your own FX to taste.
Here is the template:
http://www.mediafire.com/file/kig1jw2rg ... R.rar/file
All credit goes to Adam Maggs for the concept. I only worked out (best I could) how he got this all set up! It's a very creative and fun way to use Ableton - it reminded me a bit of the functionality you get in some of the Twisted Tools ensembles for Reaktor.
Anyway, it's all set up for you and you can see how it's all 'wired' together. Just load up your own samples and mess about with changing the midi notes to create your own new variations on your loops/samples.
"One never loves enough" - R.D. Laing.