Harnessing the Power of the Envelope in Ableton

I love envelopes. There, I said it. Envelopes are responsible for some of my coolest, least-expected breakthroughs musically and are an elegant way to add some variety to any loop. In this little video (which is taken from a video course that I am working on) I talk about how to use unlinked envelopes to totally reshape a bassline taken from Loopmaster's Electro Kit. First, I start by looping a region of the bassline, so that a small portion of it repeats. Then, I use an unlinked volume envelope to create some syncopation in desired places. Finally, I retrigger the clip with follow actions so that the clip starts from the beginning every two bars. These are some of my favorite tricks in Ableton, I hope you like 'em! P.S. Like I mentioned, this is part of a video course that I am working on that's meant to isolate different aspects of Ableton and thoroughly explain them through examples. If this sounds like something you're interested in, make sure to sign up for The Ableton Cookbook email list!

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