Create Advanced, Mind-Bending Beat Repeat FX In Ableton Live

Nothing sounds cooler than stuttered, repeated beats and patterns faster than the hand could ever play. Here, Noah Pred shows you how to create them in Ableton Live with the Beat Repeat effect.  

Live has a wealth of creative effects to help you mash, mangle and jazz up your tracks. In this short video from the full course Ableton Live FastTrack 206: Live's Creative FX, Live expert Noah Pred zeroes in on the Beat Repeat effect which can be used to create cool-sounding stutter effects for beats and other sounds. This effect really lets you create fast repeats that would be almost impossible to play by hand or even program with the mouse. 

Singling out a snare beat from a drum pattern, Noah shows how modifying and tweaking the Interval, Grid and other controls on the effect can quickly and easily change the speed, pattern and behaviour of the repeat effect. You'll see how these parameters along with more advanced controls like pitch bending, Mix, Chance and gating make this a surprisingly powerful and creative effect - far more than its modest appearance would suggest! Check out the other videos on the course to learn even more about Live's creative fx today.  

Watch the full course Ableton Live FastTrack 206: Live's Creative FX in the Ask Audio Academy here.

Ableton Live FastTrack 206: Live's Creative FX

We all love audio effects, especially those creative devices that can completely transform your sound. In this FastTrack™ course, Ableton Live certified trainer and Producer Noah Pred covers Ableton Live’s creative FX. From distortion to the more intricate special effects, learn them all in this course!

First, Noah explores different types of distortion effects. Whether you like subtle overdrive or prefer more extreme results, you learn how to do it all with the Overdrive, Erosion, Vinyl Distortion and Redux effects. From there, Noah dives into more esoteric effects. You discover how to completely transform your sounds and beats with the Frequency Shifter, Beat Repeat and Resonators. Next, he takes an in-depth look at Live’s Vocoder, where you learn how to recreate that classic robot vocal effect—popularized by Kraftwerk, Daft Punk, and many others—and take your voice (or anything, really) into sci-fi territory. The course concludes with a look at another sound mangling device that is guaranteed to add some nice warm analog grit to your tracks: the Dynamic Tube.

So dive into Ableton Live’s creative FX with Noah Pred, and get ready to skyrocket your creativity!

Watch the full course Ableton Live FastTrack 206: Live's Creative FX in the Ask Audio Academy here.

Hollin Jones was classically trained as a piano player but found the lure of blues and jazz too much to resist. Graduating from bands to composition then production, he relishes the chance to play anything with keys. A sometime lecturer in videographics, music production and photography post production, Hollin has been a freelance w... Read More


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