How to write a song in Ableton:(Master Template):
Atmospherics – Part 7

The 7th part in the process of walking you through my How to write a song in Ableton Live using the Ableton Master Template  is ready to go. If you haven’t yet watched the first part of writing a song in Ableton, you’ll want to Start Here

 

This isn’t necessarily a walkthrough of the Ableton Master Template as I only planning on using what I need to make a tune, instead of trying to fit every tool into this video. I have a series of videos if you want a detailed walkthrough of the template.

In the video below I share the following:

Dub Delay

Most of this video is related to creating interesting sounds by creating Return tracks loaded with interesting effect chains. In my case, I used the Dub Delay return form the Master Template.

Feedback Return effects

The real secret to some great sounds is feeding back an effect back into itself. I like using delay effect chains in a return and then using the (normally greyed out) send knobs or the return track to create a building feedback with a lot of rich textures. Simple right click on the sends of the return track and choose enable sends. 

Once you’ve randomly run bits of sound form your tracks into the return for several minutes, you can take the results & cut out the best parts. This is a really easy way to get a bunch of unique sounds that are sure to work with your song.

Return capture track

To record what was coming out of the return track, I created a new audio track, set monitor to in, armed it & then recorded the results to a couple of clips.

More fun with sends

Since my template is set up with a number of send/returns with delays, reverbs, compression etc, each of your tracks can be mess with to keep a lot of interesting things happening throughout your songs. Simple & effective

 

Enjoy part 7!

Coming up next I’ll be working on some final touches before arranging the song. Stay tuned!

Happy Music Making,

Jason

 

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