‘Did you Know?’ Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck Pt 1: Ping Pong as Tape Delay

In the first installment of our new Ableton Live video tutorial series “Did You Know?”, Ableton Certified Trainer, Dubspot Instructor, and electronic musician Thavius Beck checks out a less explored and slightly hidden feature in Live. Thavius shows you how to make Live’s Ping Pong delay effect sound more like an authentic tape delay! As he puts it, this will “take less than 5 minutes of your life, and you will leave knowing a little bit more than you did before.” Sounds like a win-win to me!

“Ableton Live is one of the most flexible, capable, and robust pieces of software I’ve ever been lucky enough to use on a day to day basis. But even as an Ableton Certified trainer and daily user, there are still a few easter eggs that I stumble upon and think, “Wow, had I known that last year I would have already gone platinum by now!” Haha! Not quite, but I think you get the idea.

Inspired by the tip that you all are about to learn in the following video, my fellow Dubspot colleague Steve Nalepa suggested that a video tutorial series be done about all of the hidden things in Live that can be revealed by a simple Right-click of the mouse. After giving that a bit of thought, I tweaked the initial idea and decided to focus on a handful of things that all users, no matter how novice or advanced, may have never known was possible in our beloved piece of software. Thus the brand new video tutorial series entitled, “Did You Know?” was born! I hope you enjoy and continue to be creative!” – Thavius Beck

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  • Lude Jaw
  • 1/27/2012

This is also available on the simple delay and filter delay devices. I use it a bit different though; instead of using the Sync mode, I use the Time mode and either make an automation lane or map the time on midi. Using it on time mode makes it sound less abrupt and it actually sounds like an authentic tape delay.

I use it all throughout this track:


Let me know what you think.