Chaining Arps in Ableton Live

Get the low-down on how to chain up some arps in Ableton Live to create awesome melodic patterns. Gary Hiebner, the arp master, takes you through the process step-by-step.  

Arpeggiators are great creative tools that allow one to build up melodic patterns that they might not have produced otherwise. But have you ever tried chaining arpeggiators together? Taking this extra step can allow one to create intricate changing patterns. I am going to be using Ableton to show you how to chain arpeggiators together in both serial and in parallel. Making use of these techniques can really open up ideas for your productions.


Step 1 '" Creating Your Arp

Let's create the first Arp. I have created a MIDI track (Shift-Command-T). On this I have inserted a software instrument. I am using Massive, but any synth can be used. Now drag an Arpeggiator MIDI device before the software instrument. This can be found under the Live Devices > MIDI Effects.

With the arpeggiator I have set the Style to Up with a straight Groove. I have set the Rate to ¼ with a Gate of 110% and a Distance of +12 st.

Arp 01 settings


Step 2 '" Adding Another Arp in Serial

Now for the '

Gary Hiebner is an enthusiastic South African Sound Designer and Apple Tech Head! Gary has been involved in the South African music industry for the decade, and in this time has also been involved in the sound design and music production for many advertising agencies and media houses. Gary is a devoted Logic and Ableton user, but he al... Read More

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