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Live 9 Compressors & EQs In Action

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Compressors Introduction

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    Tutorial 1

    What is Compression?

    2:28

    Scottie talks briefly about the roll of a compressor and what it is, as well as automatic volume control to reduce dynamic range.

Glue Compressor

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    Tutorial 2

    The Basics

    6:07

    Discover the presets and the basic parameters of a compressor including the Threshold, Attack, Release, Ratio and Make-Up Gain.

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    Tutorial 3

    The Interface

    11:14

    In this video Scottie continues from the previous video and covers the rest of The Glue’s parameters and explores its application. This includes the Range, Dry/Wet Mix, Clip and Auto Release. We will also check out The Glue’s factory presets.

Compressor

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    Tutorial 4

    Compressor Interface

    4:39

    In this video we will look at another compressor, its presets and its interface. We’ll touch base with the basics (Threshold, Attack, Release and Make-up Gain) and the three different views; Collapsed, Transfer Curve and Activity.

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    Tutorial 5

    Advanced Parameters

    4:31

    Take a look at some of the additional features found in Compressor. They include; the Three Modes, (Peak, RMS and Expand) the Envelope Followers, (Lin and Log) Knee and Lookahead.

Multiband Dynamics

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    Tutorial 6

    More Than Multiband Compression

    8:20

    In this video we will go over the four different types of dynamic processing this device can provide and situations we might use them in. They include upward/downward Compression and upward/downward Expansion.

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    Tutorial 7

    Break Down that Crazy Interface

    4:43

    In this video Scottie explains each part of the interface using what we’ve just learned about the other two compressors. Scottie goes over the three bands, the center display, and all the other parameters.

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    Tutorial 8

    Examples Pleeease

    13:37

    In this video shows you examples of all four types of processing this device can do. It’s a work horse so hold on!

Compressors in the Mix

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    Tutorial 9

    Pump up the Jam

    5:36

    In this video Scottie takes a look at the Sidechain feature of all the Compressors and talks about routing and EQing the Key input.

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    Tutorial 10

    Mastering

    4:23

    In this video Scottie briefly touches on the roll of these compressors in the mastering process and look at how a Limiter is really a special kind of Compressor.

EQ Eight

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    Tutorial 11

    Overview

    2:53

    In this video we will look at built in presets and then some basic areas of the EQ Eight’s interface including the Filters, the Display and the Spectral Analyze.

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    Tutorial 12

    Filters

    9:06

    In this video we will look at the filters. We will go over the three parameters each filter utilizes, Frequency, Gain and Resonance while also looking at the filter types, Adaptive Q and Multi Filter editing.

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    Tutorial 13

    Modes

    7:41

    Now let’s look at the different modes we can work with; Stereo, L/R and M/S. We will utilize Audition Mode to hear how these different modes can effect your mix.

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    Tutorial 14

    More Interface

    4:11

    In this video Scottie looks at some of the additional features that make this EQ a great one. We’ll start with Analyze in the Main View and some of its parameters and applications. Then we will look at the Scale, Global Gain and Oversampling features.

EQ Three

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    Tutorial 15

    A DJ Mixer

    2:54

    Scottie explores a very simple yet powerful three band EQ. We will go over it’s Filter’s and parameters as well as it’s crossover section.

Ready to make Ableton Live 9 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 9'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 Live 9, you owe it to yourself to get the most out of it. Live 9'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 "Live 9 Compressors & EQs In Action" today.

zodthashah
Submitted 8 months ago

Great walkthrough

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

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Cornè
Submitted 1 year 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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Live 9 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