Humanizing Drums In Ableton Live

Programming electro (or acoustic) drums needn't result in robotic sounding, grooveless beats. Mo Volans adds a human touch to his rhythm section in Ableton Live.  

Ableton is perfect for programming your own beats but without the right attention to detail things can start to sound a little robotic. Using Live's built in groove engine you can not only add a little swing to proceedings but generally make things sound more human. 

Accessing The Groove Engine

Regardless of whether you want to apply your groove to a MIDI clip or warped audio loop (we'll be using the latter) you will access Live's groove engine in the same way. You should notice a small icon made up of three waves in the lower left hand corner. You'll find it just below the browser area.

Hit this small button and you'll be presented with the '

Mo has been a professional in the music industry for around 15 years. He has released material with the world's leading record labels and also produces music for TV and Film. Mo is also a prolific writer and is a regular contributor to magazines such as Music Tech, Future Music and EQ magazine. There isn't a piece of music software tha... Read More


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