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Ableton Live Compressors & EQs In Action

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Chapter 1: Compressors Introduction

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    What is Compression? (2:28)


Chapter 2: Glue Compressor

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    The Basics (6:07)


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    The Interface (11:14)


Chapter 3: Compressor

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    Compressor Interface (4:39)


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    Advanced Parameters (4:31)


Chapter 4: Multiband Dynamics

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    More Than Multiband Compression (8:20)


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    Break Down that Crazy Interface (4:43)


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    Examples Pleeease (13:37)


Chapter 5: Compressors in the Mix

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    Pump up the Jam (5:36)


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    Mastering (4:23)


Chapter 6: EQ Eight

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    Overview (2:53)


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    Filters (9:06)


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    Modes (7:41)


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    More Interface (4:11)


Chapter 7: EQ Three

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    A DJ Mixer (2:54)


Ready to make Ableton Live come alive? Well, Scottie Dugan explains how, showcasing Live's awesome built-in dynamics and EQ processors. Compression and EQ are the most commonly used effects for making your tracks and productions shine, so let Scottie demystify them and show you them all in action!

Scottie begins with an introduction to compression and what it is, before getting right down to business with the Glue Compressor. Watch as Scottie demystifies all the presets and parameters of the Glue Compressor including the Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio and Make-Up Gain, Range, Dry/Wet Mix, Clip and Auto Release. Next up is Compressor. Scottie looks at the Compressor's presets and interface, as well as additional features such as Modes, (Peak, RMS and Expand) the Envelope Followers, (Lin and Log) Knee and Lookahead.

Moving on, Scottie gets down and dirty with Multiband Dynamics and the four different types of dynamic processing that are available. Taking a close look at the interface, Scottie also uses examples to show what the differnt types of processing can do in a mix. After a close look at the sidechain feature available in all the compressors, Scottie wraps up the compression chapter by exploring the roll of each of the compressors in the mastering process, and how a Limiter is really just a special kind of compressor.

Live's EQs are now revealed, and Scottie begins with an overview of the EQ Eight, taking a look at the presets and the interface. Scottie then looks closer at EQ Eight's filters, exploring the Frequency, Gain and Resonance parameters, as well as the Adaptive Q and Multi Filter.

The different mode types you can work in while using the EQ Eight are then focused on including Stereo, L/R and M/S. After utilizing Audition Mode, Scottie takes a closer look at the EQ Eights interface, including the Analyze in the Main View function, Scale, Global Gain and Oversampling features.

Scottie wraps up the EQ chapter with an in-depth look at the EQ Three. Watch as Scottie explains the EQ Three's filters, parameters and crossover section before using the analyzer to visually see what the EQ Three is doing. Scottie even demonstrates how a DJ might utilize the EQ Three.

If you use Ableton Live, you owe it to yourself to get the most out of it. Live's dynamics and EQs are top notch sonic tools, so knowing how to use them to their fullest potential will only help your tracks and productions... Watch "Ableton Live Compressors & EQs In Action" today.


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zodthashah
Submitted 1 year ago

Great walkthrough

Experienced with EQ but needed help with ableton's interface. Perfect!

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Cornè
Submitted 2 years ago

Clear and well explained

There are many courses on compression in various flavours, but I have not found one that clearly explain the audio effects in Ableton. Because compression and EQ is the bread and butter of any audio mixing it is the most important to understand fully. The course is clear and consise and explains all the details required to fully understand the compression and EQ effects in Ableton. Great course.

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1. When did you start dabbling in music?

I grew up taking classical piano lessons, so music has always been a part of my life. It started out as a daily chore and eventually evolved into a passion. Now I am very lucky to call it my profession.

2. What training have you had?

After thirteen years of private piano lessons I decided to pursue a formal degree. Two years in and I realized it wasn't for me. From that point on a began teaching myself and taking various online courses that offered subjects that excited me. I've gotten to learn and sit under individuals who are way better than I am.

3. When did you get into recording?

Ableton Live and the ability to make music with a computer were the two biggest reasons I didn't continue pursue a formal degree. I was in a band, we cut a DIY "garage album" and that started the obsession. The once obscured world of synths, hardware and software was now overwhealming as I transitioned away from a piano only mindset.

4. People you have worked with/for?

I have the great privilege to be working with Ableton as one of their Ableton Certified Trainers. Being a part of that community has been really amazing and life changing. I have yet to work with anyone rich and famous... but I have a feeling one day some of these crazy talented people will be. I get to work with students and artists who are chasing their musical dreams. I like the purity and passion that comes with that.

5. Why are you so good at training people?

Well, I've always been told that I'm a good teacher but I hated talking to people I didn't know. It took a while to get over those introvert tendencies and fear of public speaking and now I can't get enough. Watching a student get that lightbulb breakthrough or seeing an ignition of passion after the transfer of knowledge creates such a sense of fulfillment for me. I can't not teach.

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Ableton Live Compressors & EQs In Action is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 2 .
Rated 4.5 out of 5 by from Great walkthrough Experienced with EQ but needed help with ableton's interface. Perfect!
Date published: 2017-07-04
Rated 5.0 out of 5 by from Clear and well explained There are many courses on compression in various flavours, but I have not found one that clearly explain the audio effects in Ableton. Because compression and EQ is the bread and butter of any audio mixing it is the most important to understand fully. The course is clear and consise and explains all the details required to fully understand the compression and EQ effects in Ableton. Great course.
Date published: 2017-03-02
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