suggested default presets for every audio device in ableton live - part 2
this is part two of an article on default presets. if you didn't come from part one, make sure to start there.
I usually want my gate to open as fast as possible, & I don't usually like the "chatter" that comes with low hold. since I always find myself making these changes, I saved them into the default preset.
- set the attack as low as it will go
- set the hold somewhere in the middle
my favorite thing about the new glue compressor is its soft clip option. I also tend to like my attacks a little slower, so I want to start there.
- turn soft clip on
- notch the attack up a bit
- turn "oversampling" on (right-click)
I use grain delay most effectively as a pitch shifter & these settings help me achieve that effect faster (just change the pitch amount)
- unsync the time & set it to 1 ms
- set frequency as low as it will go
ping pong delay
per usual, my goal is mostly to make it less extreme to start. the simpler, the better.
- set the feedback to something lighter
- turn dry/wet all the way down
- set the time to 2 or 1
I like the less extreme sounds of the soft setting. & that's about it.
- change "hard" to "soft"
this is basically a copy of the "ballad reverb" preset which quickly became my go-to.
- set pre delay to 30 ms
- raise the filter a bit
- lower spin frequency
- change quality to "high"
- lower decay time to taste
- turn down reflect to -1.0db
- turn off chorus
- set scale to 100%
just a copy of the "hot tubes" preset, again a go-to. it can be really useful to save in your favorite preset so it's worth looking around to find one that suits you.
- set drive to 8.2db
- lower output to -8db
- enable DC filter
- set the curve type to "soft sine"
- lower base to -21
- set freq to 1.68
- bring depth up a bit
- turn "hi-quality" mode on
when filter delay & ping pong delay are options, I tend to use simple delay as a more wild & creative effect. having an unsync'd delay is useful for slapback & reverbs, & repitch mode is great for building transition & adding dissonance
- unsync both channels
- lower dry/wet to 0%
- change delay mode to "repitch"
spectrum is very useful, & even more so when it is large enough to pinpoint individual frequencies.
- toggle the display
- lower refresh rate
- switch to "bins"