How to Create Slice-to-MIDI Presets – Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck ‘Did you Know?’

Dubspot instructor, Ableton Certified Trainer, and electronic musician Thavius Beck returns with a brand-new season of Did You Know? We launched the series back in January, and for eight consecutive Mondays, Thavius shared invaluable production advice, tips, tricks, and techniques and examined some of the less explored and slightly hidden features in Ableton Live. In this episode, Thavius shows you how to how to build your very own custom Slice To New MIDI preset, a very useful and efficient way to streamline your workflow.

One of my favorite (and most used) features of Ableton Live is Slice to New MIDI Track, which allows you to take a piece of warped audio, slice it into smaller sections, and place those sections into either a Drum Rack or Sampler instrument.  Normally when you choose Slice To New MIDI Track, you’ll see a dialogue box that gives you a few different slicing presets to choose from. These determine what effects and individual settings are used on the Drum Rack or Sampler instrument that is created to hold the slices.

What makes this little feature even better is that you can customize these slicing presets and make your own by customizing a blank Drum Rack with effects and/or altering the parameters.  In this video, I will show you how to build a custom Slice To New MIDI preset and the proper place to save it to, so that it will show up in the list of presets the next time you want to slice some audio

One of the most useful way to employ this technique is to make a preset for slicing drums or percussive instruments with a saturator and compressor, maybe with a delay I can adjust, and then make another preset for slicing more melodic elements that may have a low pass and high pass filter, reverb, and delay.  Ultimately it’s yet another way to help streamline your workflow, and something that not many people realized they could do. So now, you know!

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