• I always bring the level down to -18 based on peaks using Hornet Plugins VUmeter, so the analog compressors after it will have ample headroom, not introducing distortion (unless I want it, and sometimes I do).
• FabFilter ProQ3. I use this to cut off the unnecessary mic lows and thumps as well as cutting out some of the low-mid room resonance that always happens, more or less. It’s amazing how a vocal immediately sounds way less “homebrewn” when you get the boominess 120–250 Hz out; I usually watch out for two separate peaks in that range.
• Universal Audio LA3A and LA-2 compressors. At some point I was experimenting with vocal comps, and just ended up having these two in a row: creates very transparent compression, and even if you squeeze the vocal really hard (7-8 dB), you literally can’t hear it. Just amazing. Also, as a bonus, if you run the signal harder into these, the analog-modeled input stage creates this sweet distortion that can be so useful if the vocal sounds a little too tame and some vibe is required. Kind of “radio-ish” distortion.
Let this video explain and clarify things relating to how proper gain staging, headroom, and audio engine work in Ableton Live. This video will show and explain to you those matters in order to remove and clarify related audio myths once and for all, as there is a lot of confusion and misunderstanding around those matters.
This is a pack of bass sounds I recorded from my analog Microbrute synth. It’s a small, monophonic beast that creates some pretty hefty bass sounds. The sounds in the pack are not anything super dirty, but they have nice (over)tones that will cut nicely thru your mix, and also, they should be something you can sculpt into many different shapes yourself.
This is a short excerpt from my Ableton Live tutorial video that’s 4.5 hours long. The full video covers everything you need to get going with Ableton Live, understand all its central topics and tools, and make music in no time, literally. I made this course for all those who want to get familiar with how Ableton Live works. The video contains lots of small tips in addition to all its main topics.
This excerpt covers: • How to play a midi track / instrument • Record a midi clip in two ways • Creating a clip using the Capture feature • Clip start and loop • Grid in clips • Creating midi notes • Record midi notes • Using record quantization • Correcting midi note placement with quantization • Midi note editing