‘Did you Know?’ Ableton Live Tips w/ Thavius Beck Pt 3: Routing Audio, MIDI + Effects

In our new Ableton Live video tutorial series “Did You Know?”, Ableton Certified Trainer, Dubspot Instructor, and electronic musician Thavius Beck checks out less explored and slightly hidden features in Live. In the third installment of Did You Know? Thavius explores Live’s Audio and MIDI Routing options and shows you how you can route audio from one Return channel to another Return channel simply by enabling the Sends on your Returns (which are disabled by default). This opens up more options in terms of routing audio, applying effects, and manipulating sounds.

When most people think of Ableton Live, they think of electronic musicians using it for live performance, and they think of glitchy sounding beats and warped audio. Live is great for all of those things, but one of the most powerful aspects of Live is how easy it is to route audio from one place to another within the software. Not only can you route audio from any MIDI or Audio track to any other Audio track, you can also send audio from one (or many) tracks to one of the Return channels, which gives you even more control over effects or options in terms of routing your signal.

What I did not know before was that you can also route audio from one Return channel to another Return channel by simply enabling the Sends on your Returns. Doing this gives you even more options in terms of routing your audio and manipulating it to your liking. In this video, we will put a Reverb on the A Return and a Ping Pong Delay on the B Return, enable the B Send on the A Return, and feed the output of the 100% wet Reverb into our Ping Pong Delay on the B Return (which is already set to Repitch mode). If you’ve been following this series, you might have an idea of where this is going…

Yet another technique to make your beats more sweet! – Thavius Beck


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