Ableton Live Tutorial: Stacking Synths w/ BangInclude

In this video tutorial, Ableton Certified Trainer and Dubspot Instructor, Michael Hatsis, a.k.a. BangInclude demonstrates his approach to thickening up a flat sounding bass sound by stacking synths. 

In this video, Ableton Certified Trainer and Dubspot Instructor, Michael Hatsis, a.k.a. BangInclude demonstrates how stacking synths can thicken up a flat sounding bass patch. Michael starts by creating an Instrument Rack loaded with an instance of Ableton Live’s Operator and mapping the LFO Rate and Amount to Macros 1 and 2. Then he duplicates the Operator chain and slightly modifies the timbre of the 2nd Operator chain to make the two chains distinct from each other. Lastly, he processes the sound further by adding various Audio Effects to glue the two chains together. He uses Saturator to add a little more grit to the overall sound, a Filter Delay for creating a ‘slapback’ echo which thickens the sound even more, and then a Compressor to create a subtle, yet very cool pumping effect.


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At Dubspot our world-class instructors provide the most complete and cutting-edge Ableton Live learning experience. The Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program is the flagship of our music training. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

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  • Marcel
  • 12/15/2010

This and the 1st part are awesome. Demystification and simplification. Did this in class at Dubspot with Chris but having a video to refer too is perfection.

  • laminfofana
  • 12/15/2010

I’ve sat briefly in some of Chris’s classes, and they are great! Most of the tips and techniques he’s sharing in these videos can be used in various other DAWs.

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  • Matt Shadetek
  • 12/15/2010

Glad you found it useful. Be sure to let us know if you have anything else that you’d like to see videos on!

  • ross
  • 12/15/2010

where do i get operator from

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