Ableton Live Tutorial: Creating LFO Effects Using Max for Live w/ Dubspot LA’s Thavius Beck

In this Ableton Live tutorial, Dubspot LA Instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Thavius Beck shows you how to create an LFO effect using one of Max for Live’s control devices and Simpler.

Hello creative people! This is Ableton certified Dubspot LA instructor and course designer Thavius Beck, back with another tutorial that might just help breathe new life into some of your old native Live devices (or even add functionality to your favorite 3rd party plugins).

In this tutorial, we will be exploring one of many ways to utilize the Max for Live LFO device (there are actually two Max for Live LFO devices, but in this video we will be focusing on the LFO Audio device). The Max for Live LFO device is an independent Low Frequency Oscillator that can be used to modulate a parameter on another device. This is especially helpful when used on devices that don’t already have an LFO, or if you need to modulate a parameter that your original device’s LFO can’t access.

For our example, we will be using the LFO to modulate the start point of a very tiny loop in Live’s Simpler device in order to create our own makeshift granular synth-like instrument. This is just one of many practical applications of the LFO device, and by using it in creative ways you can greatly expand the capabilities of all of your current devices.

Experiment and enjoy! – Thavius Beck


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